Philanthropy, according to the classic dictionary definition, means "love of humanity" in the sense of caring, nourishing, developing and enhancing "what it is to be human" on both the benefactors' and beneficiaries' parts.
Philanthropy works best when it's fun, easy, inclusive, rewarding and self-directed. That's why company cultures aligned with values drive returns that beat the S&P 500 by 400%. And that’s why we’re celebrating innovative ideas for “doing good” across a diverse group of Kansas City companies who are leading the way in building a positive corporate culture through the power of philanthropy.
Companies, just like individuals and families, make a difference in more ways than one. The pages of this magazine are filled with ideas for 10 ways to create positive social impact. After all, every act of philanthropy is worthy and deserves to be celebrated.
GIVING means contributing money or stock to a charitable organization recognized by the IRS. For short, you can call it "giving money."
SERVING means being active on a board of directors or similar group for a community or civic purpose. To make things easy, just call it "civic and community boards."
VOLUNTEERING is a hands-on contribution of your time to an organized cause that helps others. Roll up your sleeves!
RECYCLING means furthering a sustainable and regenerative environment. In other words, respect the environment.
MARKETING is promoting a cause to encourage other people to support it. Promote a favorite cause.
SHARING means helping one particular person, family, or group of people you select. Sharing means helping someone.
DONATING means collecting necessities for people in need. Food, toys, and clothing.
PURCHASING is buying products and services that include a charitable element. You can shop for a cause.
CARING is acting on a commitment to your own physical and mental health, for yourself.
CELEBRATING is supporting favorite causes by showing up at events. Just call this attending events.
Enjoy the stories. And you’ll see exactly why we believe Kansas City is #1 for innovation in corporate philanthropy.
Photo credits to Dr. Caroline Hexdall. Dr. Caroline Hexdall is a licensed psychologist in North Carolina, and she is the founder of the Center for Mindful Development (www.mindfuldevelopment.com). The Center is dedicated to providing psychological services and mindfulness education to all children, adolescents and families. Dr. Hexdall is also pursuing research at the unexplored intersection between the disciplines of positive psychology and philanthropy. Her current areas of study focus on how the combined dynamic of psychology and philanthropy plays out in families to promote healthy relationships. Dr. Hexdall is also involved in building innovative, research-based tools to celebrate philanthropy in the workplace to build a positive employee culture, which ultimately positively impacts families. Dr. Hexdall is also an avid photographer. “For me,” says Dr. Hexdall, “photography is a visual expression of mindfulness. Taking a photograph means you see the gift of the moment before you, just as it is, without changing it. Photography is a way of honoring each moment for its joyful simplicity. When you stop to recognize the gifts in front of you, you really do see they are abundant.”