Philosophy of Philanthropy

Philosophy of Philanthropy

  1. Philanthropy should seek transformational change, not incremental change.
  2. Philanthropy should be entrepreneurial, not institutional or bureaucratic.
  3. Philanthropy should think big, take risks and be aggressive and highly goal-oriented.
  4. Philanthropists should seek to create significant change within their own lifetimes and exhaust most or all of their financial corpus in pursuit of their goals.
  5. Philanthropists should collaborate with each other to ensure a thorough and systemic approach to problem-solving, not herd toward the same popular or favored beneficiaries.
  6. Philanthropy should be strategic, not tactical, piecemeal or episodic.
  7. Philanthropy should seek to solve problems and better lives and institutions, not just study or illuminate problems.
  8. Philanthropy should use proactive and innovative approaches that have a measurable impact on specific communities and individuals with the greatest needs.
  9. Philanthropists should seek to educate other successful but currently non-philanthropic people and organizations as to effective methods of philanthropy.
  10. Philanthropists should take an active role in their own projects, and not be primarily staff or consultant driven.

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