2016 GPC Spiritual Civilization Meeting

The Spiritual Civilization group met on May 6, 2016 to discuss values-driven approaches to philanthropy. Supported by the John Templeton Foundation and led by a group of GPC members, the program addresses the unique practices and spiritual beliefs that influence member philanthropy.

Members discussed their personal stories and how their personal journeys have contributed to their philanthropy. Breakout sessions gave members the opportunity to discuss projects and collaboration opportunities.

Central Takeaways

  • Having a strong sense of personal purpose is key to being an effective philanthropist.
    “If you think that you're being altruistic by being a philanthropist, I simply don't believe that pure altruism exists. And if you think you're doing it to give back, you're missing the boat. You're missing half of what philanthropy is all about. If you go out and do things and become a philanthropist ... to give yourself a purpose and a meaning in your life ... you will wind up to be a much better philanthropist than anyone else.“ -- Jerry Hirsch
  • The journey of finding purpose is also a journey of self-care and well-being. Consciousness, reflection, and spiritual practices are key contributors to this journey.

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