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Giving to charity—How much is generous?

July 26th, 2016

There seems to be an awe around philanthropy. An acknowledgement that it is so fragile and precious that it should never be sniffed at, questioned, challenged or told that it is failing to live up to its potential.

There seems to be an awe around philanthropy. An acknowledgement that it is so fragile and precious that it should never be sniffed at, questioned, challenged or told that it is failing to live up to its potential.

One of the factors hindering “judgment” about philanthropy is the sense that any act of philanthropy should make you generous. I’m not sold on that.

The act of “giving” any amount in any given moment when it is not necessary to do so may always be considered altruistic but for generosity we need to look beyond individual acts into patterns.

The person who netted themselves ten million dollars last year, to add to the twenty million they already had, gives a thousand bucks to charity. Are they generous? Not even close. They give ten thousand, are they generous? I don’t think so. Fifty thousand? Nope. Five hundred thousand? Still a no from me. They are giving away an amount that will be unnoticeable to them. They are giving without any sense of sacrifice.

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In conversation with Daniel Lee of the Levi Strauss Foundation

In conversation with Nicole Richards at the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit, Daniel Lee shared his insights on topics including the role of philanthropy as a driver of systems change which addresses root causes of social challenges, the relationship between philanthropy and government and what the new political environment in the United States means for philanthropy.

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