Beyond Money: A Look at Giving: Please Stop using the phrase “Giving Back!”
I even avoid the softer phrase “pay it forward”. These expressions imply obligation . . . Philanthropy is about DEDICATION not obligation. Dedication to building something new that makes the world, or a corner of it, much better. I know a lot of philanthropists who set up scholarships b/c they never had the opportunity to go to college. They want to create something that didn’t exist for them. These people are generous, bold visionaries who give without the burden of obligation but with the joy of dedication.