What does it mean to be a “philanthropist”
“Philanthropist” is a weighty word. For some people who may have newly inherited money, it’s a hard moniker to embrace. Some individuals have long family traditions of philanthropy, which they struggle to re-interpret for themselves. Some individuals are just starting new traditions of philanthropy in their family. The work of being a philanthropist often begins with working through the very meaning of the word – and often individuals find themselves isolated while trying to do this. Forward Philanthopy’s Christine Zachai has years of experience in confidentially supporting individuals to own their unique identity as philanthropists – whatever that means to them
What is the change that you seek in the world?
Forward Philanthropy supports individuals and families in articulating their values and goals for their philanthropy. We find the key leverage points that will accomplish your goals, then develop strategies to achieve them.
Many donors find themselves buried in fundraising letters, caught up in responding to requests, and feeling guilty for saying “no”. Too often, what should be a joyous occasion – giving – becomes a burden.
Instead of struggling to keep up with your mailbox and inbox, grant yourself the opportunity to proactively consider the change you would like to effect with your philanthropy. What values do you want to see reflected in your philanthropy? What sort of community or global challenges are you inspired to address? Forward Philanthropy supports philanthropists in developing proactive philanthropic plans that either you can implement yourself, or have FP implement.
We can help you say “no”, research the best opportunities to say “yes”, and even represent you to non-profits to support you in maintaining your anonymity. We can support you in building the sort of relationship you desire with your non-profit grantees, act as a liaison, and even field those fundraising letters for you. Give yourself the gift of joyous giving.