What Motivates Philanthropists?

Posted on October 17, 2012

A recent article in BBC News reports on the generous giving of a woman, Dame Stephanie Shirley, who ran away from the Nazis to London at the age of five.  She grew up to become a very successful woman, who donated much of her wealth to good causes.  When asked what makes her donate, she gave a very interesting answer: Joy.  Giving makes her happy and brings her joy, much more joy than just buying things for herself.

I think that we can all learn a valuable lesson from Dame Shirley.  Giving can be a very rewarding experience that uplifts our spirits and brings joy to us and to others.  I hope that we can all take this lesson to heart and always try to give more of ourselves.

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