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What Does Freedom Mean in the World of Philanthropy?

July 3, 2013

usflagExpressing gratitude for our freedom is an ongoing exercise as we live, work, play and give in America.

I want to reflect on the great opportunity we have as donors, staff and board members making the world better through our commitments to charitable causes.

We can easily lose sight of the power we have—individually and together—because the simplicity of freedom allows us to have it.

As donors and citizens, we have the freedom to…

  • Give to the charitable causes of our choice.
  • Make decisions about our giving based on based on our personal views, opinions and passions.
  • Harvest our own life experiences and use them to shape actions that positively benefit our community.

As nonprofit board and staff members, we have the freedom to…

  • Make a personal commitment to increase our knowledge and skills, allowing us to grow professionally and better steward the missions we are dedicated to serving.
  • Move on to other positions or opportunities when it is the right time for us to leave.
  • Make a difference in the lives of our co-workers or fellow volunteers, not just the people we are serving.
  • Be intentional and proactive about the people we have coffee with, learn from, and embrace in our circle of colleagues.

Is true gratitude for freedom engrained in the pursuit of our charitable dreams?

The possibilities are endless when you consider what can be done through philanthropic work if we exercise all of the opportunities before us.

Wishing you a very Happy Fourth of July!

-Susie Bowie
Community Foundation of Sarasota County

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