How do I become a philanthropist?
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 06:37PM
Clayton Smith

How do I become a philanthropist?

Many people believe that the only way to become a philanthropist is to earn lots of money and then give lots of it away. This is not the only way. In fact, some modern definitions of being a philanthropist does not involve giving money away at all!

You certainly do not have to be rich to become a philanthropist, but it is also more involved than only writing one check to charity each year. A philanthropist is anyone who gives of themselves to increase the well-being of humankind usually through charitable aid or donations. Philanthropy is about being caring, thoughtful, going above and beyond, and most importantly - getting involved. Simply put, a philanthropist offers acts of human kindness.

Philanthropists should not have expectations of being paid as a reward, but rather enjoying the reward of sharing their good fortune with others. Traditionally, however, philanthropists use their ideas and systems to make themselves rich. This is why charity alone is not considered to be the same thing as philanthropy.

You need to identify your values and passions about all humankind. Think about things like:

There really are countless ways that you can become a philanthropist. Here are a few simple examples:

You don't have to be rich, famous, or retired to make a difference in the world everyday!

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