Philanthropy: Love of humankind
There's a perception around the word philanthropy, that it refers only to a certain kind of giving. The truth is, the word philanthropy simply means "love of humankind." Yes, someone who donates millions of dollars can have a dramatic impact on their community, but even a small donation can make a huge difference. In fact, some of the best displays of philanthropy don't involve money at all. One thing we've learned over the years is that even the smallest act of kindness can help drastically improve someone else's life.
To celebrate our 90th anniversary, earlier this year, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving launched our Words To Give By project, in collaboration with WNPR. We captured stories of everyday generosity from around the Greater Hartford region, in an effort to show how philanthropy comes in many forms.
We hope to keep that momentum going with our latest campaign, which we're calling I Am A Philanthropist. Over the next several months, you'll see advertisements, including the one pictured above, on local newspapers, magazines, websites and more. This is more than just a series of ads, however. It's part of our goal to spread a message of kindness and philanthropy throughout the Greater Hartford region and beyond. We're encouraging everyone to share their definition of philanthropy on social media using the hashtag #IAmAPhilanthropist, or better yet, go out and spread the message by doing an act of kindness for someone.
We look forward to hearing your stories of giving, and hopefully together we can help redefine people's perceptions about what should be considered philanthropy.
Remember, anyone can be a philanthropist, including you.