A pressing public need exists for innovation and welfare enhancement for the elderly. The urgency of an aging population is clear; the United States Census Bureau’s 2017 National Population Projections reported that by 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65, creating a world where one in every five residents will be of retirement age.
This phenomenon of good intentions that don’t result in the intended impact is pervasive. It extends far beyond environmental issues, from the effects of fair-trade goods to those of charity donations. Ultimately, there are so many individuals in the world with good intentions and a huge amount of opportunity to create change.
My philanthropic purpose is to ensure all children in the United States have high-quality teachers. As a former educator, I witnessed firsthand the disparities between students with and without privilege in our country. Time and time again I saw that the kids who deserved the best teachers usually got the worst: instructors who were inexperienced and under-qualified. This unsettling reality is both an issue of supply and allocation of resources. Why don’t we have enough quality teachers? Why aren’t our quality teachers more fairly distributed?
Changing individual philanthropic learning on this scale has never previously been possible. This MOOC will create a new community of givers. Be part of this community. Don’t miss this chance to transform your giving—and change our world.
In 1955, a young man with an irrepressible will and a voracious appetite for learning embarked on a degree at Stanford University. One of five children born and raised in Inglewood, California, he’s now among Silicon Valley’s most active real estate developers and one of America’s most generous philanthropists. His latest act of generosity, announced last week, is the remarkable gift of $151 million to Stanford University, its largest ever from a living donor.
With 13 years of teaching philanthropy at Stanford Graduate School of Business behind me, I’ve designed Giving 2.0 ProjectU as an open-source initiative that will make 100 percent of my research, case studies and teaching materials available for free online to any educator wanting to teach philanthropy and any student wanting to learn about it.
Sex and giving — what do these two things have in common? They both feel fantastic! In fact, giving stimulates the same part of the brain that is charged up when we have sex. No wonder it’s addictive. Like giving, making love reflects our passion, but it often happens in a spontaneous, unplanned way. Given the right person and the right moment, this is a beautiful thing. But with giving? Not so much. Philanthropic dollars are precious resources, so it’s our responsibility to consider how we use them carefully. Yet few of us spend enough time doing so.
But another way to take religious giving to a whole new level—increasing not only your social impact through your philanthropic activities, but also your spiritual impact—is by starting new giving activities at your place of worship (or enhancing existing ones). Here are some quick and easy ideas:
Regardless of what we believe, how we found our faith, or to which religious community we belong, giving unites us. We may agree or disagree on the details. In some parts of the world, we may even lack the freedom to practice our religion. But we can all express ourselves through our generosity to others—whether through an hour of our time, a meal from our table, or a gift of money. In fact, the one value that we can all share, whatever our faith, is that giving to others should be a driving force of a life greatly lived.
As philanthropists, the most powerful legacy we can create is one that keeps on giving–through our children. Here are ten easy ways to help your young children make giving become a core value of their own.
When it comes to giving, we can draw inspiring lessons from today’s youth. The volunteer rate among sixteen- to nineteen-year-olds, in terms of hours given, has almost doubled since 1989, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Over the course of a decade teaching at Stanford Graduate School of Business and University, I’ve seen a significant shift in how this new generation thinks about our world and makes life decisions. For the individuals in this generation, the focus is not selling—it’s giving.