Philanthropy! A difficult word with simple meaning, i.e. Love for Humankind. We all heard a lot about philanthropy but most of don’t know what Philanthropy is ? Some confuse it with Charity. Let me tell you, there is difference between these two.
The purpose of philanthropy is to improve the well-being of humankind by preventing and solving social problems. Philanthropy is not the same as charity. Charity focuses on eliminating the suffering caused by social problems, while philanthropy focuses on eliminating social problems. For example, giving food to a person who is suffering from a famine is charity. The food helps the person for a short period of time, but the person will become hungry again in the future. Teaching the person how to grow food is philanthropy because it eliminates the social problem causing the person’s hunger.
Philanthropy Works When Government Doesn’t
We know how governments and politicians function! It’s not just about money and resources being siphoned off. It also depends on the political philosophy and agency. When political parties disagree on budget deals, the social programs that are intended to help people improve their lives may be reduced. Philanthropic giving is not affected by this and can function through private citizens and donations that continue to benefit society.
World needs Philanthropist who can exercise philanthropy without any selfish reason. It’s our duty to make world a better place and Philanthropy helps a lot.
Giving is better than receiving, if done with an intention for greater good.