The true spirit of philanthropy

A friend of mine recently gave a talk on philanthropy to a group of incarcerated men. Those men had been given the opportunity to contribute time and talent to progressive programs—one of which, I’m told, has led to a 0 percent recidivism rate among released prisoners. “When I told the men that they, too, were philanthropists, you should have seen the look on their faces! They were redefined in that moment,” she said.

I love this reframing of “philanthropy” as something that’s not limited to people who give away large amounts of wealth. At its roots, genuine philanthropy is about the love of humankind. And there are many ways to love beyond giving money.

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