Philanthropy Quotes

Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.

Henry David Thoreau

Charity looks at the need and not at the cause.

Jewish Proverb

Philanthropies and charities have a certain air of quackery.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Billions are wasted on ineffective philanthropy. Philanthropy is decades behind business in applying rigorous thinking to the use of money.

Michael Porter

In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.

Henry Ward Beecher

Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.

Martin Luther King Jr

The best philanthropy is constantly in search of the finalities—a search for a cause, an attempt to cure evils at their source.

John D. Rockefeller

The results of philanthropy are always beyond calculation.

Miriam Beard

Charity begins at home but should not end there.

Sir Francis Bacon

The test of a civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members.

Pearl S. Buck

My grandfather, along with Carnegie, was a pioneer in philanthropy, which my father then practiced on a very large scale.

David Rockefeller

Philanthropy is involved with basic innovations that transform society, not simply maintaining the status quo or filling basic social needs that were formerly the province of the public sector.

David Rockefeller
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