How does our philanthropic community grow?

April 1, 2013 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

1404746-water-pouring-from-blue-watering-can-onto-blooming-flower-bed“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”  Pericles

A colleague sent me a copy of a thoughtful essay by Jamie Levy on philanthropy which posed a critical question, “is your organization growing true philanthropists?” This question, and the author’s subsequent discussion of the role of philanthropy in society, led me to ponder how our organization is growing (in the educational sense) philanthropic people.

At the outset, Levy said that when the word philanthropy is examined, it means love of man. Its roots are Greek, with philos meaning to love, and anthro meaning humanity or man. Simply put, philanthropy  means to love humanity.

So how are we growing and educating people in our philanthropic community? A broad answer would be through programming. But if we look deeper, this question requires reflections about what we value. My colleague said that there is elegance in the simplicity of re-examining our purpose, and he’s right.

We are spending a lot of time at Philanthropy Ohio examining what we do and how our values impact our work. Integrity, diversity and inclusion, learning and sharing, excellence, leadership and service are at the core of what we do and at the heart of our upcoming programs. Our values-driven approach is evident as we help grow and educate our philanthropic community.

I hope you are able to participate in one or more of the following:

• April 11 and 12: Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) in Columbus and Cleveland!

• May 2-3: Essential Skills and Strategies for Grantmakers (ESS) offered in Columbus

• May 29: Philanthropy Ohio’s Diversity & Inclusion Workshop

We are challenging ourselves, examining our purpose, focusing on our mission, and planning our work based on our value –  it’s great work!

… and thanks, Thom!

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