Many people see leading philanthropists such as Bill and Melinda Gates, Bob Geldof, and Aubrey Chernick as people who have earned enough money to be able to give some to charity without missing it and still being able to enjoy a privileged life. And whilst this may be true, there are a lot of valuable lessons that we can take from these leaders in philanthropy, regardless of how much money we have available to commit to giving. If the subject of philanthropic leaders is not one that you have given much consideration to in the past, we’ve put together a list of great lessons that you can learn from these people.
One thing that each of these people have in common with each other is generosity. Although they may work in widely different industries or have earned their fortunes in a number of different ways, each of the leading figures in philanthropy understands how much more useful their money is when it is given to a good cause rather than staying in their pocket. Although many may argue that these people are billionaires – so what is a million given to charity when there are hundreds more millions in the bank - the principle is the same. Next time you are out and see a charity donation box, ask yourself are your two or three cents going to do more good in that box or in your wallet?