Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not.
You have not lived until you have done something
for someone who can never repay you.”
No one has ever
become poor by giving.
The fragrance always remains
in the hand that gives the rose.
The true measure of a man is how he treats
someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Noblesse oblige, or, superior advantages
bind you to larger generosity.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you think you are too small to be effective,
you have never been in bed with a mosquito.
If you are feeling helpless,
-Aung San Suu Kyi
The habit of giving
only enhances the desire to give.
We make a living by what we get;
but we make a life by what we give.
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.
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