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Philanthropic Autobiography

Socrates’ most famous philosophical maxim was “know yourself.” The Philanthropic Autobiography is an opportunity for you to reflect on who you are and to think consciously about your involvement in giving and volunteering. It is also an opportunity to recall how you came to experience and learn about charitable giving and what in your story motivates you to volunteer your time and give your money as well as your expertise for the benefit of others. Please take a few moments to reflect on the following questions and share your story with one another.

  1. What is your earliest memory of giving or receiving?
  2. Did your family talk about money in your home?
  3. What did you learn from your family about giving and volunteering?
  4. What are some of the practices of faith and giving that you remember from your childhood?
  5. Who has most deeply touched your life, or influenced your family as a giver? What makes this mentor memorable?
  6. To what people and places do you feel a sense of gratitude?
  7. What is the most meaningful or memorable gift you have ever received?
  8. What values/things do you hold most dear?
  9. How do you want to be remembered by your family and friends?
DATE: May 14, 2022
TOPIC: Organizational Leadership
TYPE: Learning Tool
KEYWORDS: Philanthropic Formation, Storytelling