A Poor Philanthropist
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What is a poor philanthropist? Let’s first have a look at the meaning of philanthropist.

“A person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.”


When we think of the word philanthropists, wealth immediately comes to mind. Philanthropists are associated with wealth, but the definition does not state wealth is a compulsory aspect. We have this belief that it is important to be wealthy in order to be a philanthropist, but that is not true. Large donations of wealth are the most popular type of philanthropy but it’s not the only way to practice philanthropy.

It is most likely that a lot of us are ‘poor’ philanthropists without realising it. But what if each one of us can actively and consciously become philanthropists?

You can be a Philanthropist

Anyone can be a philanthropist! Money is not a criterion for this membership. You might just be a poor one relative to the current philanthropists out there. I am a “poor” philanthropist in the sense that promote the welfare of others, but in ways other then donations. You can do the same.  

Some things you can do right now is:

  • Volunteer your time at non-profit organisations.
  • Volunteer your skills (this can even be done remotely).
  • Donate items you do not use.
  • Inform society of the issues faced by those in need.

Why would you want to do that? Because taking care of others is a fundamental part of our existence. You will feel better when you help people. You cannot be the lone survivor on an island forever. Being around others and socialising are in our very nature. Go over your past accomplishments. I am sure you will find that people have indirectly or directly helped you to achieve those goals. Why not pay it forward?

Wishing you lots of happiness,

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