In 1991, I had the good fortune to appreciate the transformational impact of philanthropy. With a little hard work and a lot of luck, early in my career as a Financial Planner, I had achieved reasonable degree of success – that is, success as I defined it at that point in my life.
Then, at 31, it slowly dawned on me that I owed a huge debt of gratitude to those I had never known. I realized that if it were not for the wisdom, wealth and hard work of so many Canadians who came before me, that I, and millions of my fellow Canadians, would not be enjoying the quality of life that makes us the envy of so many around the world. That’s when I decided I needed to contribute in some way and make a difference.
From the Blog
- Gratitude … the greatest of all virtues August 22, 2019 “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others” Marcus Tullius Cicero As Warren Buffet once acknowledged, a significant part of his success was simply due to his luck at winning of the “ovarian lottery”. Perhaps we’re not as (financially) successful as Mr. Buffet, but I would argue that all of us ...
- People Love Ideas June 27, 2019 “Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money.” – William J. Cameron For those who work or volunteer in the non profit sector will, I’m sure, appreciate the wise words from Hugh MacLeod shown below. Yes, people like things … but they love ideas! In the end it will be those charitable organizations that understand this fact and ...