Sam Watts

Intentional Compassionate Action

Think Philanthropically “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” - Coretta Scott King It is generally not wise to question the perspective of Coret...
Giving

The Giving Season – an alternative way to give

Think Philanthropically I want to take this opportunity to wish the readers of this column a very wonderful holiday season.  I also want to thank all of you for your commitment to supporting the many important...
Sam Watts

More Than a Donor – Become an Agent of Change

Think Philanthropically Many of us equate philanthropy with giving. However, accelerated societal change requires more than casual donations of cash or even large, one-time bequests. What if we were to see our...
Sam Watts

The case for support of Arts and Culture

Think Philanthropically “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” - Pablo Picasso Since March 2020 hundreds of carefully planned artistic exhibits and cultural events have been cancelled.  Muse...
From Disaster Relief to Community Transformation

From Disaster Relief to Community Transformation

Think Philanthropically What happens when we try to do the right thing the wrong way? Often we do not achieve the result we are aiming for.  This is a very common philanthropic problem. Community-based non-prof...
volunteer

Have fun – volunteer in the community

Years ago, a work colleague of mine consistently refused to participate in any benevolent activities that our company initiated. He would say, “I am looking out for #1”! Sadly, this is not a totally uncommon pe...
homelessness

Can we solve the challenge of homelessness?

Think Philanthropically I am frequently asked to explain why people who find themselves experiencing homelessness often remain homeless for extended periods of time. Why does the challenge of chronic homel...
Help

Help Now – But Let’s Help Later Too

Think Philanthropically The invasion of Ukraine, the destruction of many of its residential areas, and the displacement of million of its citizens raises a number of very important questions around our North...
Crowdfunding – Opportunity or Danger?

Crowdfunding – Opportunity or Danger?

Think Philanthropically Recent events have caused everyone to become more aware of the phenomenon of crowdfunding. Many of us participate in giving to people outside standard philanthropic channels. This c...