The art of Philanthropy


I have always been a huge critic of the millionaires and billionaires who give money to the needy.  Not that I don’t want the needy to receive help, but must the rich publicize their “good deeds?”  Must they stand in the spotlight and soak in all of the positive energy from their adoring fans for the good they are doing?  It’s as if they need that pat on the back occasionally – as if to buy back some of that good they’ve thrown away for evil deeds over the years.

There always seems to be a huge press conference when some CEO is giving such an such organization a hefty sum of money.  This has always sickened me.  In my mind, if they REALLY wanted to help, they would help regardless of who knew about it.  But I’ve come to the conclusion today that this matter isn’t always black and white.  As a matter of fact, after reading an article today about the givings of Steve Jobs, or lack there of, I’ve almost changed my mind completely on the subject.

I read an article concerning philanthropy.  They highlighted figures like Bill and Linda Gates and their campaign to urge the rich to give up half of their earnings.  They went on the say that Steve Jobs, one of the wealthiest men in the world, opted out of this program.  Makes you think him to be a cheap bastard, right?  Well, not so fast.

Steve Jobs is known for his generosity with his workers and those around him.  There are many instances of VERY large sums of money to various charities sent as Anonymous.  Could be anybody, yes.  But all signs point to one man.

So my mind changed when I realized how bad Jobs was receiving this news.  He may give, he may not.  But if there is no proof of him giving, one can only assume that he does not.  Is THIS why the rich must publicize their givings.  So that they aren’t flogged by hungry media outlets eager to bust open the story on some cheap-ass CEO?

It’s a sick world we live in where you must stand in the spotlight and “gloat” just to give and be recognized for it.  There are needy people out there who give two shits about the politics behind receiving a meal or a blanket or medicine for their sick child.  They don’t care about how many millions you can do without, but how many nights they have left on this tortured and broken world.  Give.  But give in your own way.  Go to bed at night knowing that you have helped someone.  And no one, but you and that person, need know about it.

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About Lyn May

Designer, engineer, producer; I haven't really decided yet. Maybe I'll keep it that way - it's much easier to be undecided any way. I love graphic design, writing, photography, video production, animation, playing guitar, singing, engineering and pretty much any other medium that allows me to express my self artistically/logically.

Posted on August 31, 2011, in Business, Culture, Lifestyle, Philosophy, Politics, World and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Anonymous rich dude

    What are these “signs” that point to Steve Jobs?

    Did you know, I myself have donated millions of dollars to charity. You might say, “Gosh, how do I know that you really gave millions of dollars to charity?” I would say, “Gosh, how do you know Steve Jobs really gave millions of dollars to charity?”

    Just because you admire someone doesn’t mean he was a saint in his personal life. Steve Jobs certainly was not initially generous towards his illegitimate daughter, going so far as to claim infertility (although, to his credit, he did eventually fess up.) He was generally acknowledged not to be very nice to work for. He didn’t seem to care whether his subcontractors were ethical or not. All about the benjamins, baby.

    P.S. What’s wrong with the media hectoring cheap-ass CEOs? If that gets them to donate money to charitable causes, so be it.

    P.P.S. I am saddened that Steve Jobs is dead, but only as much as I am about the death of any other person. I don’t think that it is appropriate to airbrush over his human failings, even in death.

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