When I give, I give myself.— Walt Whitman
|Address immediate need||Love they neighbor||Need is limitless|
|Maximize human potential||Teach a man to fish||What if the pond is empty and the rod is broken?|
|Dismantle structures that perpetuate problems||Change not charity||Who decides what must be reformed?|
|Build community||Only connect||Relationships may not lead to action|
Adapted from “Four Traditions of Philanthropy” by Elizabeth Lynn and Susan Wisely
Too often, the field of philanthropy, media, and others frame African Americans only on the demand side of philanthropy—Consumers, not donors. The source of problems, not a resource for solutions. In need, not influential. Beneficiaries, not benefactors.
Sources: US Diaspora Giving Project (2014), The Nielsen Company (2013), W.K. Kellogg Foundation (2012) and The Chronicle of Philanthropy (2003)