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It is later that WGA members realize they are also philanthropists, and have been all along. And through WGA, they deepen and sharpen their philanthropy to become more strategic.
For many of us, philanthropy begins with a feeling, but without a plan in place or specific goals in mind. We give to help someone in need, improve a social wrong or connect with others who care as we do. Indeed, philanthropy doesn’t have to be strategic to create change, but it can be far more effective when it has a focus and a purpose. A significant part of why many WGA members remain with the organization is that through WGA, our giving is strategic.
WGA Founder Delores Barr Weaver talks with WGA Members Crystal Freed and Sabeen Perwaiz
Strategic philanthropy creates an impact greater than the actual dollars or time invested. It typically focuses on root causes and comprehensive solutions to make a lasting difference for entire groups of people. WGA uses several tools to be strategic in our giving:
Joan Van Vleck (deceased), WGA Past President
Our mission tasks us with improving the lives of women and girls in Northeast Florida and inspiring women to be strategic philanthropists. To inspire strategic giving, we regularly share useful tools and resources with our Members. Understanding these, discussing them and forming a personal plan that aligns with our individual values is strategic philanthropy. Below are some of the tools Members have found useful as they evolve into strategic philanthropists.
People interpret and go about philanthropy in different ways. In their essay “The Four Traditions of Philanthropy“*, authors Elizabeth Lynn and Susan Wisely outline a framework with four traditions of giving: Relief, Improvement, Social Reform and Civic Engagement.
* Source: Davis, Adam, and Lynn, Elizabeth, Editors. The Civically Engaged Reader. Chicago: The Great Books Foundation, 2006
Different circumstances may call for different approaches to philanthropy. Depending on the problem you’re trying to solve, the results you wish to achieve and your internal capacity, individuals and organizations may focus on one of three types of philanthropy: Traditional, Venture or Catalytic. WGA employs all of these approaches in our grantmaking.
Donating money is not the only type of philanthropy; there are many ways to give. Ambassador James J. Joseph of the Council On Foundations, describes five types of capital that each of us can use to serve a public good:
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