“Philanthropy offers me an opportunity to do for my community what I do for my family”
This statement made this morning at the Exponent Philanthropy conference in Philadelphia resonates for me. After all, philanthropy means “love of humanity”. In all of our thinking about strategic philanthropy, our efforts begin with a common intention- the desire to promote the welfare of others, and in doing so, we are willing to commit our time, our talent, our treasure and our ties. This is how we strategically engage, connect with our community, and become stewards for others in our world.
What I’m Reading
Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World written by Anand Giridharadas is challenging, compelling and complex. Read my book review here.
What I’m Learning
Earlier this month, I earned the distinction of becoming a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaches Federation. This distinction was earned by a minimum of 500 coaching hours with 25 clients and the requisite written and oral exams. I continue to use the coach approach to working with my clients to align their values with their broader engagement strategy. I am proud to join the ranks of the PCCs!
What I’m Feeling
Inspired by Rabbi Eli Freedman’s Yom Kippor sermon, I have spent significant time reflecting on happiness and meaning. I offer my reflections in this article.
Is your philanthropy strategic? Do you even know where to begin?
Do you want meaning in your commitments?
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