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Philanthropy and Agriculture

Prior to the last decade, agriculture in the United States was very rarely seen as an arena for philanthropy or the non-profit sector. Farming has, in the past, been considered either a way of life that provided for families and communities or a business. But as food has increasingly become more processed and mass produced, a reactionary movement has developed to return agriculture to small scale and natural practices. Sustainable and organic farms have started all across the United States and as a result many consumers are more interested in where their food comes from. ....Read More

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Philanthropy Affects Culture? Or, Culture Affects Philanthropy?

Philanthropy affects culture as it is part of our communal ethos. The question that fundraisers should ask when developing strategies should be: How might one’s culture affect their philanthropy? Across diverse religions, racial and ethnic cultural groups, and nationalities, philanthropy is understood and demonstrated in many different ways. However, human generosity seems to bridge all of our differences and manifestations of giving. Prosocial behaviors, or the voluntary actions to support others, are part of the human spirit. ....Read More

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Education and Philanthropy

Philanthropy is about looking at the big picture, helping others, and serving your neighbors to strengthen your community. It includes identifying the needs of your community and connecting people and resources to fill them. ....Read More

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Times They Are A-Changin’

Bob Dylan’s first verse of Times They Are A-Changin’ sums up the current times the best: “Come gather 'round people, Wherever you roam, And admit that the waters around you have grown… you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone for the times they are a-changin.” There is no doubt that “times ARE a-changin” in all aspects of culture, and the philanthropy sector is no exception. ....Read More

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