Practical philanthropy

Philanthropist. The word evokes images of the super wealthy—John D. Rockefeller or Bill Gates—sharing some of their riches with those less fortunate. Does philanthropy start with wealth? Must we have excess wealth to share? And what's the actual purpose of philanthropy?

There may be many different answers to these questions, but Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of this magazine, offered some insights that are deeply thought-provoking (see The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, pp. 287-289.) And her insights begin with a story.

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February 9, 2004

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