phi⋅lan⋅thro⋅py (fĭ-lān’thrə-pē)

Published December 5, 2009 by heatherksmith

Please fill in the blank. Philanthropy is ________________________

Did  you cheat and look up the definition on dictionary.com?

When I tell people I’m spending my year of AmeriCorps service working in philanthropy, I get my share of confused looks and polite head nods followed by a “oh, that’s nice.  So what, exactly, do you do?”

Philanthropy, philanthropic sector, philanthropist–terminology foreign to many people, but should be everyday household words.

Check out this video co-sponsored by the Minnesota Council on Foundations.  I recommend searching YouTube for similar clips. You might just be a philanthropist, and not even know it.

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