|The Philanthropist In You
Many people shy away from charitable giving because they believe it is
defined by astronomical monetary donations, this is a misnomer. In fact,
the consistency of giving and recruitment of other donors can be more
impactful than a one time or inconsistent sizeable donations.
The most daunting task is finding worthy causes to invest your
philanthropic dollars. Several years ago, I was confronted with this
same dilemma and developed three criteria to apply to every non-profit
that I considered supporting:
3. Educational Impact
It was the Gantt Center's ability to meet and surpass my personal
criteria that has inspired me to be a consistent Harper-Roddey donor. My
first real introduction to the Gantt was an invitation from a friend to
attend the Jeanne Moutoussamy photography exhibit. The historical and
educational insight that I received from the artist inspired me to
become a member that day.
The Gantt continued to win my heart and loyalty with exhibits such as
America I Am, The Kinsey Collection and most recently, Question Bridge.
The Gantt has proven it's sustainability by continuing to garner
financial support for an array of exhibits and executing them with sheer
The inclusiveness is evident, not only from the exhibits, but the donors
and members who support the Gantt and the various walks of life that
The educational impact is the most visible and rewarding strength of the
Gantt. The library days that occur on the weekends as well as numerous
events that allow youth and adults to learn about and appreciate other
The most important thing to remember about philanthropy is that your
identified charity needs more than your financial support. It needs your
time, talent and treasure. So I leave all philanthropists and aspiring
philanthropists with this challenge; find a cause you are
passionate about and embrace it support it and commit to it.