What comes to mind when you hear the word “philanthropist”? An old rich guy handing giant cheques to grateful homeless shelters? Or attending $300 a plate fundraising gala in black tie and tails? Maybe the chairman of a foundation, sitting at the head of the table in a mahogany-paneled room, deciding which needy organization gets millions of dollars?
Sure, ok. Those people are philanthropists. But guess what? They aren’t the only ones. I’m not sure why the word “philanthropy” is often associated with only the richest givers. Philanthropy happens whenever someone chooses to do something to make the world a better place.
Merriam-Webster defines philanthopy as: