Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Columnists - Opinion - The Ithaca Journal - www.theithacajournal.com

Columnists - Opinion - The Ithaca Journal - www.theithacajournal.com: "Philanthropy's best being sought

Columnists - Opinion

Today, in one way or another, every one of us will benefit from the contributions made by philanthropists. Indeed, it is safe to say that we have already had our lives improved in countless ways by philanthropy. Those elements that define a good life — the health of our family members, educational opportunities, strong spiritual communities, even our pets, and our passions — have all been nourished and enhanced through acts of charitable giving. Our parks, performance halls, institutions of research and learning, and a list of human activity too long to print, have all benefited directly from the voluntary contribution of resources. That's what philanthropy is the promotion of the greater good through voluntary charitable assistance, people freely giving of their resources, their time, money and expertise to enrich their communities.

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