December 2002-January 2003
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Worth Magazine focuses on philanthropy
The December 2002 issue of Worth magazine contains several articles focusing on philanthropy, including a profile of Global Philanthropists Circle member Swanee Hunt and her efforts to promote a more secure world through her organization, Women Waging Peace. The issue also presents the magazine's second annual list of what it calls America's 100 top nonprofit organizations. The introduction to that list, entitled "To Give Well, Give Wisely", points out that giving by the wealthy individuals makes up over a third of all philanthropic giving in the US. The issue also includes brief profiles of 25 Americans aged 45 and younger who making big impact through their philanthropy. Among them are Philip and Donna Berber, whose Glimmer of Hope Foundation was profiled in the June-July 2001 issue of Global Giving Matters.
David Rockefeller highlights family philanthropy in memoirs
In his just-published Memoirs (New York: Random House) Global Philanthropists Circle member David Rockefeller chronicles family and professional history, including the philanthropy of generations of Rockefellers. Beginning early in the book, with a section entitled "The Art of Giving," Mr. Rockefeller describes how his grandfather, John D. Rockefeller, engaged in his first major philanthropic undertaking, the creation of the University of Chicago. After retiring in 1897, John D. Rockefeller devoted himself exclusively to philanthropy, creating the Rockefeller Foundation in 1913; the foundation worked globally even then. David Rockefeller notes that while some people describe his grandfather and father, as well as Andrew Carnegie, as having "invented modern philanthropy," he calls this assertion a possible overstatement. However, he does credit his father and grandfather with using philanthropy to "emphasize the need to move charitable activities away from treating the symptoms of social problems towards understanding and then eliminating the underlying causes." This approach prompted the Rockefellers to "embrace a scientific approach and to support the work of experts in many fields." Throughout the book, Mr. Rockefeller describes initiatives by various family members to use their resources to address social causes around the world.
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