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As I sit here this morning, cup of green tea in hand, my uni readings opened and notepad ready to make notes, a random though popped into my head - is philanthropy a cycle?
When I think about money and giving and caring for those you love, I consider the lengths that we would go to to support those that mean a lot to us, but also the lengths that they go to to return the favour. There seems to me to be a back and forth kind of approach to personal philanthropy within family and friend groups. This mutual support is a beautiful thing; that want for the other to be okay, so be safe, to be cared for. I must say that money exchanged is generally with the mutual proviso that it will be repaid.... so unlike a true philanthropic gesture, where the money is given with no expectation of being returned (I only wish I could be this generous at the moment), this truly is, what I now call, a philanthropy cycle.
My current philanthropic cycle is quite mixed, I won't talk about specifics here, but there have been loans of financial support, for me, and my giving support to others, especially over the past two years.
To my peeps who are in the know I thank you for your support/I love being able to support you and help.
A philanthropy cycle, and philanthropy in general, I believe, can be beyond the scope of money. Being conscious of this means that you can look for those opportunities that are present everyday, to give. To give in simple and/or big ways.
One way is to offer to pay for dinner for a friend.
Another is to buy a little "just because" gift for a friend (maybe it is something you have noticed they need, but can't afford to get it themselves...)
A perfect way is to support a friend's business, whether via money or marketing support....
These three things I have done on a conscious level, to understand that this form of philanthropy is some way that I can make a difference, in the best possible way.
Do you have any thoughts about philanthropy as a cycle? Let me know below.