Thursday is National Philanthropy Day. The word “philanthropy” comes from the Greek roots “phil” — loving — and “anthropo” — mankind. By definition, charitable donors and volunteers love mankind.
Corporate Hartz LLC works with both businesses (made up of human beings) and human beings (made up of heart, head, body and spirit). Corporate social responsibility will remain in our lexicon, if and only if, executives approach it with an expectation of financial return on investment. The virtuous cycles I have witnessed in the last 20 years are astounding: companies that view community engagement as a critical piece of their own sustainability, embrace the opportunity, reap the benefits and therefore invest more to serve our planet.
Ninety percent of charitable giving comes from individuals (Giving USA, 2012). In our work with family foundations, donor-advised funds, individual donors and volunteers, I see the virtuous cycle come into play. Their commitment to enrich mankind, improves their own lives, they engage even more and society reaps the rewards.
Today, I hope that everyone reading this article considers how to invest in a socially responsible manner, and that each individual shares an extra dollar and an extra hour to better our world. The return on investment for every person, for each business and for the world is priceless.
Jennifer Levine Hartz
Corporate Hartz LLC, Sandy Springs