Today is National Philanthropy Day.
Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending our local celebration for the day. We had quite an inspiring speaker, but one of the phrases that stuck with me is that philanthropy is about giving time, talent and/or treasure to change the world, your community… lives.
I’ve always liked the very word – philanthorpy – but I must admit I don’t consider myself a philanthropist, even though I’ve been giving my time, talent and treasure to one non-profit or another since I was a small child, but I thought that’s just what we do… as kind, compassionate citizens. I do consider myself a volunteer, but I confess I feel a bit like a little girl playing dress-up with this new mantle of “philanthropist” draped around me.
Likewise, I have accepted myself as a leader in the non-profit community, but I do not think of myself as a civic leader. Splitting hairs? Perhaps. What say you?
Are their words that might define you that challenge you a bit?