According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, approximately 77.34 MILLION Americans spent 6.9 BILLION hours of their time volunteering in 2018. The value of those efforts comes to a whopping $167 billion dollars, not counting the comfort, compassion and change those volunteers brought to our communities and beyond.
Volunteers change the lives of those around them. Being a volunteer is something everyone should consider. The experience is life changing. However, it should be voluntary.
Webster’s Dictionary says that a philanthropist is “one who makes an active effort to promote human welfare.”
When you hear the word philanthropy, you may think of names like Carnegie, Kennedy, Rockefeller, and contemporary mega-wealthy people like Bill Gates.
Such people are voluntary philanthropists.
What do you call someone who surrenders a portion of their capital gains, unnecessarily? How about someone who unnecessarily surrenders a huge portion of their retirement monies to support the general welfare of our country?
An uninformed taxpayer!
(I call them an involuntary philanthropist.)
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