June 17, 2015; Eagle-Tribune (North Andover, MA)
There’s an aphorism that’s often used by nonprofit organizations to recognize and reference long-time donors and other generous supporters: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This quote—commonly but mistakenly attributed to Winston Churchill—is even more compelling when it references young philanthropists.
Though the term is derived from a Greek word meaning “for the love of humanity,” philanthropy has evolved over time to be associated with writing large checks. However, supporting community organizations ranging from human services to animal preservation to educational institutions can take many forms. But no matter what organization one chooses to support, everyone has the power to make an impact and shape the world.
According to Maggie Neilson, co-founder and CEO of Global Philanthropy Group:
“Philanthropy looks completely different today than it did five to ten years ago. Philanthropy is no longer just something people pursue at the end of their lives and it’s no longer the exclusive pursuit of the super wealthy. Young people want to engage in philanthropy, and they want to see it integrated into their everyday lives. Now, more than ever, the lines between philanthropy and business are blurring. We’re seeing the rise of B Corporations, such as Patagonia, and companies such as TOMS, which have made it easy for everyone to do something good in the world through their everyday purchases. Beyond that, donors are beginning to expect nonprofit organizations to take cues from the business world… Smart organizations understand this and are finding ways to engage