Text by Jonida Gjuzi
What we have done for ourselves dies with us, what we have done for the others and the world remains and is immortal. ~ Albert Pike
Most of us have been taught since we were children that sharing is a good thing. We didn’t know that we were practicing philanthropy; we simply knew that sharing to other people made us feel good.
Fundamentally, philanthropy is everything that represents a direct effort to help others ideally, an effort spent without expecting something in return. The magnitude of the gift is not what characterizes a philanthropist in national level. An independent study has found out that people with lower incomes have tendency to donate much more than them with higher incomes.
Transformation and its characteristics
If you search on internet for the word transformation, you will find 13 million of references that vary from philanthropy to the special mathematical exercises. Characteristics show a deep change of perspective, such as the way of thinking, acting, evaluation, or reflection. Transformation cannot be bought, neither can it be undertaken if it was simply a commodity to add to our purchases. Transformation is irreversible. A person cannot return into an alphabet, after he has learned to read (except for a brain injury). Transformation is dynamic, the process is ongoing and it creates energy. Motivational teachers and speakers know that when one student or a group get excited about the learning process itself, each new learned skill, builds and feeds the offspring. Another characteristic of transformation is that it is unpredictable. For example, when a group of employees started to describe their reality for a new CEO, not only their perspective at work and performance changed, but also the perspectives about their identity and lives changed. Transformation is interrupted; it may develop in an irregular way. A child doesn’t learn to walk or to talk, without falling or stuttering, as Edison couldn’t invent the bulb in a single, quiet, continuous effort. Transformation similarly is asymmetric, imbalance and the lack of homogeneity of all of the participants or in the all aspects of individual life included, affect in our ability to urge change.
In addition to, transformation is generator, the process creates more than everything that creates it, it is the aspect in which is based mostly the charity industry. All these aspects might have as negative results as well as positive results, a transformation that can lead to empowerment, it also may provoke slavery.
What is clear is that, transformation is being developed over time, and that relevant standards consider the process, not the goals.
The developmental elements of a transformative philanthropy
- The centralized connection: It exists a will, capacity and reason greater than beyond the border between the funder and the receiver in order to engage in a co-creator relationship, basically equal to the money, only as one of the transactional elements. This involvement of the parties develops a transparent, authentic, trustful relationship.
- A broader definition of philanthropy, beyond giving money.
It does not only expand the feeling that each of us can do in the service of mankind, but it balances the value and the role of what the funders and the funds are doing.
- The difference between social change and social transformation
This carries a number of elements. As the giver and the receiver must be engaged into their in their spiritual and conscious practices.To know the unknown in philanthropy, such as the deep realities, inevitable and welcome. So, it is required, appearance, synergy, common work, moving from the results of control and orientation more than
than approaches that “catalyze the field” or work with love, driving, magic and the arts.
Philanthropy: Making a difference in a variety of ways
The philanthropic source, which is a combination of money and individual initiative, has a great power. The most vulnerable among them is the change in the way people think, in their attitudes and behaviors. If it needed a 10-year period, for economic change and half a century for a political change, it would be so difficult to define how much time would be needed for the overturn of a mentality and for the construction of a new culture. A good alternative is the realization of awareness programs for the youth, inserting volunteer work as an elective subject at high school and the benefit of extra credit at universities. Driven by such motivation, young people are indoctrinated gradually a culture of volunteer work and service to humanity.
The boundaries of the relationship transformation-philanthropy go beyond, bringing as innovation a transformative philanthropy, which applies to reality through awareness of the individuals. An afternoon coffee shall be replaced by limited voluntary work hours. In this way, we can take the first steps in building a voluntary, contributing, cultural heritage base and notions like philanthropy should no longer be foreign to teenagers and young people.