Some people think
philanthropy is just about foundations giving away lots of money, but that’s
only one part of the picture. Philanthropy is really about people giving their
time, care, and help to causes they care about.
Very simply put,
philanthropy can be explained as anything you do to make the world around you a
As you’ll find by
exploring this site, acts of philanthropy can take many forms, ranging from
donating a large sum of money to a charity
to creating a community garden in your neighborhood or volunteering your
time to help out at a soup kitchen.
Sometimes when people get rich and famous they use their
money and fame to start a foundation or get attention for causes they care
about. You’ve probably heard of many of the people listed on the ‘famous and
celebrity philanthropists’ part of this site.
Go there to find out
about the charity work of Britney Spears, Tiger Woods, Bill and Melinda Gates,
Magic Johnson, Mariah Carey, Oprah
Winfrey, Bono, and many more.
In the Links to Get
Involved area, you’ll find links to sites that offer opportunities for you to
get involved in philanthropy and volunteering.
If you’re already volunteering
or working in some other kind of philanthropy,
we’d like to hear your story and post it on
this site so others can learn from your experience.
Find out more...
Is a Foundation?
A foundation is a nonprofit organization that gives
money (grants) and sometimes equipment and other supplies
to organizations or people who need help.
When people talk about foundations they usually
mean private foundations like The
Ford Foundation, The
W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. What can
be confusing sometimes is that even some of
the largest foundations are not called foundations,
like the Lilly Endowment and the Pew
At the Foundation
Center's web site you can learn about
how people apply for grants. If you'd like to
learn more about foundations and their history,
how they're defined by the Internal Revenue
Service, and how they work, click
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