Charity vs. Philanthropy and Charitable People vs. Philanthropists

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Greg Warner is CEO and Founder of MarketSmart, a revolutionary marketing software and services firm that helps nonprofits raise more for less. In 2012 Greg coined the phrase “Engagement Fundraising” to encapsulate his breakthrough fundraising formula for achieving extraordinary results. Using their own innovative strategies and technologies, MarketSmart helps fundraisers around the world zero in on the donors most ready to support their organizations and institutions with major and legacy gifts.

Charity vs. PhilanthropyCharity – Helping people in need
Philanthropy – Making an investment that stimulates other investments or provides opportunity for others
Charitable people – Help others in need. For instance, giving money to a soup kitchen before Thanksgiving so they can buy turkeys for their annual meal would make one a charitable person.
Philanthropists – Make charitable gifts that result in the creation of economic and social opportunity for individuals which, in turn, helps create a better society for everyone.
You want to find or develop philanthropists.
In other words, while the first gift a supporter makes might be a charitable donation, they could have the capacity to give your organization much more money. But they won’t hand over their home or a large chunk of cash to you because they’re feeling charitable. They’ll do it because they are feeling philanthropic.
Therefore, you need to find ways to help people feel more philanthropic. But how?
Thankfully there’s a lot of action happening in this area. Many books are being written such as Doing Good Better by William MacAskill wherein he outlines five key questions that help people make their altruistic (philanthropic) decisions:

  • How many people benefit, and by how much?
  • Is this the most effective thing I can do?
  • Is this area neglected?
  • What would have happened otherwise?
  • What are the chances of success, and how good would success be?

Also, there are entire websites devoted to the issue.
They are attracting philanthropists to help guide them. For instance, this website helps people get involved in “effective altruism” so they can learn how to make an impact on the world.
People are joining. People want to be philanthropists. Tweet This!
I think you should help them.
In addition to helping people learn about your organization, its programs, and its impact, I think you should help them learn what philanthropy is all about. If in fact, you want to attract and support philanthropists, you need to provide them with value. Tweet This!

  • You might share a worksheet with them so they can think through their goals
  • Perhaps, give them a book about philanthropy
  • Maybe send them inspirational quotes from philanthropists ever now and again

Have you ever done anything like these suggestions? Did they work? Did they help build your relationship further? Please share your experience in the comments section below.

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One response to “Charity vs. Philanthropy and Charitable People vs. Philanthropists”

  1. […] Charity is aiding people who need help through money, goods, or services. Charity is often based on an authentic yet visceral response to an individual, family, or community’s problems. A charity offers immediate yet short-term solutions in response to a crisis. […]

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