Philanthropy Quotes

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Philanthropy Quotes from famous persons: Douglas Tompkins, Marc Benioff, Mary Ritter Beard, Ronnie Chan, Husnu Ozyegin. The wide variety of quotes available makes it possible to find a quote to suit your needs. You’ve likely heard some of the Philanthropy Quotes before, but that’s because they truly are great.

In business, we say that people overestimate what you can do in a year and underestimate what you can do in a decade. This is true in philanthropy as well.
The results of philanthropy are always beyond calculation.
Mary Ritter Beard
All the family money is for philanthropy, except for living expenses for my mother. She is 94 and isn’t a big spender.
Ronnie Chan
It’s important to do see the results of your philanthropy while you are alive.
Husnu Ozyegin
It’s important to think good, speak good, and do good. If we want to see positive change in the world, then we need to connect to goodness. I try in everything I do, both in business and philanthropy, to make a positive change and do that by doing good.
I am convinced that only by applying the values of an entrepreneur to philanthropy will you ever be able to meet the needs of the greatest number of people.
I can honestly say that TOMS is my future. I mean I have no desire to start any other company for as long as I live because this is the perfect blend of business and philanthropy to me.
Philanthropy without scale and sustainability is like any other bad business that will simply wither and die on the vine.
In everything I do, whether in business, philanthropy or my personal life, I am guided by my inner truth, my values.
Music and philanthropy have a long, benevolent relationship with one another. Record bins are rife with charity singles, and concert history is filled with benefit shows for every imaginable cause. Musicians like to give back.
One of the great conundrums in philanthropy globally is that the way wealth creation happens itself often creates the inequities in society.
In philanthropy, you have to take the attitude of a mother… You have to be patient, and we have been very patient for a long time.
Successful ventures in business or philanthropy are built around great teams who can help us overcome tremendous challenges – and have the right experiences and relationships to do so.
For me, if I have done my duty, the continued approbation of Congress and the Marine Committee will make me rich indeed, and far more than reward me for a life of service devoted from principles of philanthropy, to support the dignity of human nature.
I’ll get involved in philanthropy.
There’s a lot of complacency in philanthropy. People figure organizations are trying to do good, and that’s enough, even if the results aren’t there. But that’s wasteful and inefficient. It crowds out better programs.
Dustin Moskovitz
I think all philanthropy invests in product innovation, whether in a vaccine or a new kind of product of one sort or another, and I think we’ll all continue to do that.
Judith Rodin
How I see my career is very much as an entrepreneur in the field of philanthropy.
Philanthropy is in the DNA of my family.
Charles Bronfman
In my experience, the more successful an idea is, the easier it is to fund it. In philanthropy, it’s almost harder.
Often people ask me about getting involved in service and philanthropy, and my first advice is: Make sure it’s real and it’s transparent.
Coming to Korea and becoming a singer, I always had two big goals personally. One was to be able to make it at some point so that I could do good things – I was always raised with an interest in social impact, philanthropy. The other thing was to be able to take my music and do it on a global scale.
I do think, actually, one thing I noticed with Silicon Valley post-Trump is it kind of made them more politically aware, more aware that, like, business and philanthropy alone isn’t going to make the world a better place.
Young entrepreneurs, in general, feel they’re too busy running their companies, which I think is a mistake. But once they’re older, you see much more of a propensity to be involved in philanthropy.
Bill Gates has become the patron saint of philanthropy and the poster child of rebirth, and from what I can tell, rightly so.
My philanthropy is largely focused on healthcare, and I really want to make a difference to people’s lives.
Madam Walker‘s legacy lives in her philanthropy as well as in an amazing line of hair care products.
There is a place and a time for philanthropy, and there is only so much money you can give away.
I firmly believe that philanthropy is most effective and outcome-oriented when you ensure that your pledge actually gets spent.
I have a philanthropy advisor, Hari Menon, who was earlier at the Gates Foundation.
I very much believe in teaching young people about philanthropy, and to give back.
I’m on a lot of nonprofit boards, but if I didn’t enjoy it I wouldn’t do it. I haven‘t yet done anything that’s transformational in philanthropy. But I hope at some point to target two or three causes or organizations and really make transformational gifts.
So many rich people, when they get into philanthropy, they have one thing they like, or several things they focus on. They pick a disease or a college or some kind of non-profit. They produce good results through that cause, but also they get recognized; there’s some sort of monument to what they did.
Feedie creates a wonderful symmetry between tech and philanthropy. It also nourishes the users of the app by giving them the opportunity do something incredibly positive.
Topaz Page-Green
The competition between me and Bill Gates, probably: Who can spend money more effectively that can do better philanthropy.
The goal of the program, called Giving With Purpose, is to teach college students – and anyone else who cares to registerhow to beneficially contribute to charity. That’s not necessarily easy. There are IRS rules for giving that must be learned, and there is wayward, wasteful philanthropy to be avoided.
Philanthropy is not about giving money but about solving problems. While well-meaning, the idea of writing a check and calling it ‘philanthropy’ is extremely short-sighted and unfortunately, extremely pervasive.
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.
We have so many rich people in Switzerland. They should take more responsibility for the general public. There is almost no tradition of philanthropy here anymore, unlike in the U.S.
Hansjorg Wyss
You cannot mandate philanthropy. It has to come from within, and when it does, it is deeply satisfying.
At what age did Warren Buffett come into philanthropy? At 76. He gave a very good reason. He said his wife was considerably younger than him. And all Americans believe they would live till 80, and they do live till 80. He told his wife that when he is gone, she should take care of whatever they need to do.
Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity – the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires.
India‘s connection with philanthropy didn’t begin with western influences. The connection with philanthropy is age-old and ingrained in our value systems.
You have to build a culture of philanthropy. In a country like India, we need to be sensitive and caring about the poorer, more disadvantaged section of our country.
Philanthropy is the thing that I am really excited about, and having success means I can do more.
Our aim is to set some kind of benchmark and standards for transparency and governance in private philanthropy.
I was raised in a group home for 14 years, so I was a beneficiary of philanthropy. I didn’t have a family. The nameless, faceless strangers were my family. They gave me an education, put food on the table and clothes on my back. I am who I am because of that formative experience. Now I am paying it forward.
Philanthropy is natural. For a mother, taking care of her children is natural. If I am rich, I take care of the poor, like a mother would.
Manoj Bhargava
Britain, relative to the U.S., is a highly secular society. Philanthropy alone cannot fill the gap left by government cutbacks. And the sources of altruism go deep into our evolutionary past.
Philanthropy can have a very strong selfish component.
The goal of my shows, my interviews, my business, my philanthropy, all of it, whatever ventures I might pursue, would be to make clear that what unites us is ultimately far more redeeming and compelling than anything that separates me.
A lot of people making a lot of money, billion, billions of dollars accumulating. Why are they coming for, finally, for philanthropy? Why the need for accumulating money, then doing philanthropy? What if one decided to start philanthropy from the day one?
Producing is a little bit in my blood. Philanthropy also is a very important for me.
By making all my materials freely available through ‘Giving 2.0’ ProjectU, I am on a mission to extend philanthropy education to colleges globally and far beyond campus walls.
In business, the market gives you feedback in real time. Your sales figures tell you what’s working, what isn’t, and how you need to change. If you don’t listen to the feedback, you go belly up. In philanthropy, there is no market.
Jeff Raikes
I think those who are already in philanthropy and enjoying it and making a difference have a responsibility to share their stories widely, and to be very transparent about their giving.
The Bharat Ram family was into philanthropy a way earlier. They build institutes such as Shri Ram College of Commerce, Lady Shri Ram College, and Shri Ram Schools. They are very inspiring.
Government, in its ultimate form, is the biggest philanthropher based in the world. And Bill Gates also said that he could do a small part of what the government can do, which is business philanthropy, equalling people and making sure there is inclusiveness.
I’ve never been one who enjoys maintaining the status quo. I’m always pushing for new ideas, whether it’s in business or philanthropy.
There’s a dark underside to philanthropy. People who give a bunch of money are deferred to, even when they are wrong. The emperor cannot be shown to have no clothes.
In the same way that you’re driven in your business to keep innovating – Facebook is a wonderful example of constant innovation – think about doing that in philanthropy.
Indian philanthropy doesn’t take enough risk.
I was born to Haitian parents, and the idea of giving back is really just a part of our culture. So, I don’t think there was ever a moment that I questioned my call to philanthropy, but I can say that the more I’ve grown, the bigger that call has become.
The culture of philanthropy is alive and very well in Africa. International aid strengthens and extends it, but in the communities where I have spent time, it is all-pervasive.
I think the tradition of philanthropy is far better developed in the U.S. than in India, as is the whole notion of giving away 50% of your wealth while you are still living and not waiting till you’re gone.
Romesh Wadhwani
‘Giving 2.0’ was born of my desire to redefine and democratize philanthropy.
Never respect men merely for their riches, but rather for their philanthropy; we do not value the sun for its height, but for its use.
Gamaliel Bailey
When we started out, I kept wondering, what are the rules of philanthropy? And it turns out that there are rules for it. And nobody could talk about that. There is no set formula for this because anything with a human being cannot have a formula.
Rockefeller viewed his philanthropy through the lens of his business, and it really mirrored the Industrial Revolution. It was highly centralized, it was top down, it was based on experts, and it was big-picture.
When you are the head of any philanthropy organization, what you learn is empathy, how to listen and be responsive to people’s needs.
There’s a big difference between charity and between activism and philanthropy. They’re very different things and I think, you know, everybody should find a passion or a cause that they can really get behind, but it has to be organic.
What role can such philanthropy play in a society like ours? For one, philanthropic capital can go where markets will not go and where states often cannot go.
Unfortunately, the mechanism for doing philanthropy in a structured way isn’t yet in place in India. I already do a fair bit and support various causes such as education, sanitation, health. But selling costly drugs at affordable prices is philanthropy in itself.
Yusuf Hamied
Our mission is to help students in need and to democratize philanthropy.
Billions are wasted on ineffective philanthropy. Philanthropy is decades behind business in applying rigorous thinking to the use of money.
Those of us who have yet to find philanthropy may find there is a far greater reward from it than from wealth creation.
Anybody doing philanthropy has to find something that appeals to them from their own personal background or from intellectual curiosity.
What’s success all about? What’s philanthropy all about? Let’s think of our legacy, following in the footsteps of some great Americans like the Carnegies and the Mellons who used their wealth for quality purposes.
I feel that India lacks a level of philanthropy that is proportional to the wealth that is here, particularly among the top 5,000 industrialists and entrepreneurs.
Romesh Wadhwani
The largest expense in our philanthropy is capital expenditure because we are building these institutions. This institution-building idea stems from my father because he has the experience of building a company from scratch.
To us, the definition of philanthropy is what we spend. A P&L account means expenditure, lines of revenue. There is a surplus; it goes to the balance sheet. A transparent foundation should disclose this.
I get great satisfaction from both business and philanthropy.
Donald Bren
People who put money in the church basket and people who go to church and pay the pastor: that isn’t real philanthropy; that’s just like you belong to a country club. You pay your dues to belong to that church, so you pay your tithing or whatever it is.
The responsibility of philanthropy rests with us. The wealthier we are, the more powerful we get. We cannot put the entire onus on the government.
The best rule for philanthropy is to give until it hurts, as much as you can, because none of us can get through life all by ourselves.
Once you are wealthy, you are in a nice comfort zone and want to stay there. So I always look in the mirror and ask, is my philanthropy making the world a more just and fair place?
The worlds of art, philanthropy, and business are absolutely intertwined.
Philanthropy should be voluntary.
Large-scale philanthropy, based in the private – not the public – sector, is a relatively recent historical development.
With few exceptions, the leading women in philanthropy, notably Melinda Gates, are the wives or daughters of rich and powerful men.
Kavita Ramdas
I’m a technologist by origin and by training, but I’m focused on philanthropy.
Philanthropy is involved with basic innovations that transform society, not simply maintaining the status quo or filling basic social needs that were formerly the province of the public sector.
I think philanthropy is so much more in keeping with spirit of shouting someone out than a material reward.
It’s just not our style to put our names on the philanthropy we’ve done. It’s not in the Jewish tradition of tzedakah.
Northern white people love the Negro in a sort of abstract way, as a race; through a sense of justice, charity, and philanthropy, they will liberally assist in his elevation.
I am convinced that music, like philanthropy, bridges hope.
Apart from being motivation for themselves, I think big givers should also talk about their philanthropy so that their work and their success stories prove inspirational enough for many others to follow.