When working on fundraisers, it can be tough to stick with the motivation and not get discouraged when you hit road blocks—and every fund raiser hits road blocks at one point or another. To keep you energized and inspired about your philanthropic efforts, here are some of our top philanthropy quotes to offer some inspiration:
“Money can add very much to one’s ability to lead a constructive life, not only pleasant for oneself, but, hopefully, beneficial to others. My grandfather, along with Carnegie, was a pioneer in philanthropy, which my father then practiced on a very large scale. The Christian ethic played an essential part in my upbringing.”–David Rockefeller
“Charity is just writing checks and not being engaged. Philanthropy, to me, is being engaged, not only with your resources but getting people and yourself really involved and doing things that haven’t been done before.”–Eli Broad
“Philanthropy is often seen as society’s risk capital. That means the onus is on philanthropists, nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs to innovate. But philanthropic innovation is not just about creating something new. It also means applying new thinking to old problems, processes and systems.”–Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” ― Albert Pike
“Rather than being a human, be a humanitarian”― Kowtham Kumar K
“Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind. Nay, it is overrated; and it is our selfishness which overrates it.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”—Margaret Mead
“There are only four things you can do with your money.
You can give it to the government.
You can spend it.
You can give it to your kids to their detriment. My three sons understand this. I never want to deprive them of the wonderful feeling of making it on their own. I don’t think you do your kids a favor by leaving them a lot of money, or letting them think they’re working with a net.
And the fourth thing you can do with your money is create something good with it. I think it’s incumbent on everybody with any amount of funds at all to start thinking like that.”—James Kimsey