Noblesse oblige, or, superior advantages
bind you to larger generosity.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap
but by the seeds that you plant.
-Robert Louis Stevenson
No one has ever
become poor by giving.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not.
Give all thou canst, high Heaven rejects the lore
Of nicely-calculated less or more.
It is more difficult to give money away
intelligently than to earn it in the first place.
The habit of giving
only enhances the desire to give.
Kindness is the
practice of generosity.
If you can’t feed a hundred people,
then just feed one.
You have not lived until you have done something
for someone who can never repay you.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Barbara Bonner started her professional life as an art historian, moving on to leadership positions in three New York City museums. She later served as Vice President of Bennington College and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She now has her own consulting practice focused on helping non-profits transform their philanthropic support. Committed to a life in philanthropy, she has served on ten nonprofit boards and has started a fund to serve women with cancer in her region. She is currently board chair at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. A gardener, swimmer, avid reader and enthusiastic student of yoga, Eastern religions and contemplative practice, Barbara lives in a converted barn in the beautiful Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts. She is the inordinately proud mother of an actor and an English professor and grandmother of magnificent Archer and Nate.
See website www.barbarabonner.org for complete information