Word Giving: 7 Amazing Quotes On Philanthropy

Building a society free from decaying human dignity and poverty is incredibly hard. Governments have tried, failed, maybe even succeeded in temporarily building systems or organizations to tackle this issue, it however seems like more and more the world’s problems are getting worse.

Lately, the increased reporting on the migrant situation, the ongoing civil war in Syria and economic and civil strife in neighboring countries continue to hound our consciousness as a humanity hostage.

When fears take you to the level of helplessness,  it is our strength in numbers, born as philanthropic organizations, who do not mismanage funds, but cater to the human condition as promised, which gives us the zeal to move forward. Has progress been made? Yes. We have seen change effected by organizations like The Children’s Defense Fund, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and even the Red Cross in dealing with causes in humanitarian relief, children empowerment and education.

I wanted to list out some of greatest quotations on philosophy, to remind us that this is a journey and not a race. We need not lose hope as we are bombarded with more world problems. Here are some words by famous people who have been influential in humanitarian efforts to improve human conditions:

1. “If You can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one” – Mother Theresa

2. “No one need wait a single moment to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

3. ” I wanted to give my children enough monty so they they could feel they could do anything, but not so much they could do nothing.” – Warren Buffet

4. ” I’m not doing my philanthropic work out of any kind of guilt. I’m doing it because I can afford to do it, and I believe in it.” – George Soros

5. ” Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”- Margaret Mead

6. “There are only four things you can do with your money.
You can give it to the government.
You can spend it.
You can give it to your kids to their detriment. My three sons understand this. I never want to deprive them of the wonderful feeling of making it on their own. I don’t think you do your kids a favor by leaving them a lot of money, or letting them think they’re working with a net.
And the fourth thing you can do with your money is create something good with it. I think it’s incumbent on everybody with any amount of funds at all to start thinking like that.”
—James Kimsey

7.  “Every dollar makes a difference. And that’s true whether it’s Warren Buffet’s remarkable $31 billion pledge to the Gates Foundation or my late father’s $25 check to the NAACP.” – Michael Bloomberg

 

To read more awesome quotes on philanthropy, visit this list by Philanthropy Roundtable

 

 

It’s Time To Acknowledge That Athletes are also Just As Generous

In the world of charitable donations, names like The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation or Mark Zuckerberg can make even the most generous donor quake in their boots. These people have proved themselves exemplary in building funds to support medicine research, education and even as we learned recently, planned parenthood.

Celebrities and athletes are also generous donors in the world of philanthropy. Though not always on the same platform as tech entrepreneurs, athletes have been just as generous in giving to causes they care about. A common trend amongst celebrities and sports athletes is the establishment of foundations in their name. These foundations maintain the celebrities brands with that touch of “charity” but also allow them to make executive decisions in supporting causes they care about.

Here’s a list of people, whose level of generosity will shock you, especially when you compare their income or sponsorship deals to the amount donated

Tiger woods

Surprised? Golf’s poster child for startlingly prenuptial agreements and external sports scandal has been instrumental in providing educational opportunities for young children in the United States through The Tiger Woods Foundation, a non-profit organization he established in 1996 with the help of his now deceased father.

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LeBron James

LeBron emotionally disenfranchised many fans with “The decision” in 2010, but that hasn’t stopped or thwarted his philanthropic efforts which he exacts through the LeBron James Family Foundation. The foundation supports after school programs, the Children’s Defense Fund, OneXOne and the Boy’s and Girls club which donated 2.5 million to in 2010.

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Andre Agassi

If you know Andre Agassi, you’ll know he won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award in 1995 for his generous contributions. Agassi established a tuition free charter school to help students in the Las Vegas area prepare for college- the Andrea Agassi College Predatory Academy.

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To learn more about athletes who have given to charitable causes, visit this article by CheatSheet

 

Hurricane Ruby Is On It’s Way- Here’s How To Prepare

Another disaster may be at our hands. The American Red Cross recently reported that they will be tracking the Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as hurricane ruby is making it’s way towards the islands. The American Red Cross will be taking several measures to prepare for Ruby. The storm will make landfall and will most likely pose a serious threat to people’s lives, their homes and their subsistence. Ruby is set to cross through densely populated areas, meaning that it will affect millions of people.

 

Blake Rubin explores the Red cross work in the phillipines

These are the steps the red cross is taking to make sure they are prepared for this disaster.

  • Establishing red cross disaster response teams and volunteers to increase communication between staff and displaced persons
  • Evacuation centers with additional staff and responders to have clear communication and access to displaced persons
  • First aid support on stand-by with pre-positioned teams throughout the city. The Red cross will come equipped with relief items like food, medicine, sleeping mats and hygiene kits. There will be emergency equipment like water trucks, generators, chainsaws and communication gear.
  • These relief materials will be provided to up to 30,000 families in Manila, Cebu and Subic.

Here on the east coast, there may be storms here or there as the weather and the seasons change. Here are some things you can do to ensure your safety and the safety of your family during a storm from a hurricane.

  • Make sure you have adequate disaster supplies
  • Unplug any of your small appliances from your outlet
  • Make sure to fill your car’s gas tank
  • Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters and make sure to board or plywood your doors.
  • Pay attention to evacuation orders and plan accordingly
  • Turn off your propane tanks as they can be liable to damage and will be inflammable.

Red Cross Responds to Flooding in Texas

The American Red Cross organization is a huge organization with over 650 chapters across the United States. As of 2014, they have collected about $2,974,133,836 in order to help those in dyer need. The recent flooding in Texas has been a cause for concern and a call for help has been issued. The Red Cross is great at rallying people behind a cause, even if it does not directly affect you.

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Texas flooding

A seventh American Red Cross volunteer from New York deployed Thursday in order to help those in need in Texas. Steve Hatfield of Whitehall from the Northeastern New York Chapter has courageously stepped up and volunteered his service to those in Texas. These volunteers are helping out in anyway they can, from external relations, to staff planning, to sheltering and client services. It’s always great when people from all over the country band together to help out one common cause. A woman from the Mohawk Valley Chapter is volunteering in Oklahoma as the Red Cross responds to the severe weather in that area. To donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief, go to www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.