There are so many great women and men in this world that deserve recognition for their efforts to make the world a better place and they do so selflessly. These women and men are the true Philanthropists of the world and they deserve the utmost respect for all the amazing things they do.
The word Philanthropist has always truly amazed me and true honour should be given to the men and women who wear this crown, as to me they are the most caring people I know.
What does it truly mean to be a Philanthropist? It’s a term I have heard used, but never really understood the meaning behind it. I believed that it was a person who did a lot for charity, and selflessly. I decided to research it’s true definition in the Webster Dictionary. It stated, “ a person who loved people and made the active effort to promote the welfare of people and most often used to refer specifically to the practice of giving time and money to help make life better for others.”
After reading this I felt like I should probably contact Webster dictionary and tell them to get there shit together and redefine its meaning. Why? Because I feel, and it’s your decision to make of it what you believe, that those that do things for charity should be divided into two groups. This comes from my own personal experience of having the pleasure of working with the true Philanthropists of the world and those that do not deserve that title. The choice is yours to make but hopefully I can open your eyes, educate you, so that next time you make a choice to help someone, think first before you do. Ensure that those that are in need of help are getting what they require, and that the money is going exactly where you thought it should be going. It’s also to help you realize and put some thought into truly thanking the right people. It’s about morals. It’s about the ones that truly deserve our recognition for their efforts.
The first group is the little people, who I deem as the true Philanthropists. Those that are never truly recognized for all their hard work and efforts to make the world a better place. They are the most selfless group, who work so hard, give up their lives, and in most cases money out of their own pockets to make a difference in another persons life. From knowing these people, we generally just do what we do because we do not want another person to experience what we or our families have went through in the past. They are the people who do not need or want thanks to feel like a good person, nor do they want to be the centre of attention. They are the ones that make sure the money they raise, even if it is minimal, as they at least try, goes where it really needs to go, and not into some executives pocket. Some wear a cut on their back, which somehow unfortunately brings a stigma with it of instantly being labeled as bad people. People that are thought to be covering something up by doing something good. They know they are judged, but they still hold their heads high and walk away with a smile knowing they tried.
Then there is the second group who I feel deserve thanks for the amount they raise for charity, but not the recognition of being respected as a Philanthropist, as they are doing it for all the wrong reasons. Their personality is self serving. They love the spotlight and their heart is never truly into it. To them it’s a popularity contest on who can do it better and bigger. It sucks but its true, and unfortunately the reality of it is, for this group, is it takes money to make money, and they really do not care who or where it goes, and generally to them its just a tax right-off, or for the charities they raise so much money for. The executives with extremely large pockets.
Hopefully others will rethink before they give or donate next time. Do a little bit of research on your own. Start giving or donating to the charities that truly need our help and hopefully take the time and read the stories we want to share with you about the women and men we truly feel deserve recognition and praise for everything they do to make this world a better place. The world needs more people like them.
Thank you for all that you do.
Let’s all work together to redezign the world we live in, contributing to everyone around us.
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