Wise Words from Wise People

November 12, 2021

Every now and then, I have published some wise words (here, and here) that I have collected from others. Today is no different. Some of these are the “a-ha” moments, while others bring a smile to a weary fundraiser’s face. Enjoy:

  1. I have tried raising money by asking for it and by not asking for it. I always got more by asking for it. MILLARD FULLER, FOUNDER OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
  2. If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito. BETTY REESE
  3. To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. RALPH WALDO EMERSON
  4. As one person, I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person. PAUL SHANE SPEAR
  5. Charity begins at home but should not end there. THOMAS FULLER
  6. Money might not be able to buy happiness, but giving it away can. ANONYMOUS
  7. It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference. TOM BROKAW, NBC NEWS ANCHOR
  8. Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it. WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD
  9. If you’re in the luckiest one percent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 percent. WARREN BUFFET
  10. Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity — the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires. BILL GATES

As we approach National Philanthropy Day in the coming week, my own wise words are the following: I urge each of the fundraisers (paid and unpaid) to accept my most sincere appreciation for what you do. It is not always an easy or popular road to travel, but the journey is certainly worth it!

Until next week,