The fragrance always remains
in the hand that gives the rose.
The habit of giving
only enhances the desire to give.
If you can’t feed a hundred people,
then just feed one.
No one has ever
become poor by giving.
We make a living by what we get;
but we make a life by what we give.
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
Kindness is the
practice of generosity.
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.
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