"Never respect men merely for their riches, but rather for their philanthropy; we do not value the sun for its height, but for its use." -Gamaliel Bailey

Philanthropic People Blog

Taylor Swift Helps Lucky Fan With Student Loans

Taylor Swift with fans

Taylor Swift has already made a name for herself for her catchy pop music, and now the star is gaining serious traction as one of the most philanthropic-minded celebrities out there today. Swift has always been very open about how much she values her fans, and lately, she’s taken this appreciation to new heights by […]

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Philadelphia is Paying it Forward…with Pizza!

rosas fresh pizza philadelphia

Like most northeast city dwellers, Philadelphians are serious about their pizza. And at Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, the owners and patrons are just as serious about paying it forward as they are about noshing on a delicious slice of pie. According to NPR, “At Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia the shop is adorned with post-it notes […]

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Orange Sky Laundry Helps Those In Need

Orange Sky Laundry

When you’re down on your luck, sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most. At Philanthropic People, we’ve discussed inspiring services that restore dignity to those in need, featuring individuals who know that just the simple act of reaching out in a small way can mean so much. Mark Bustos took his skills as […]

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The Greatest Philanthropic Contributions of 2014


2014 was a great year in the world of philanthropy. Organizations and individual philanthropists gave generously over the last 12 months, and it was inspiring to see such bigheartedness. Here, we highlight some of the greatest philanthropic contributions of 2014 in the areas of education, health, the arts, and other charitable foundations. Health – One […]

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Stuart Scott Fought Like Hell to Help End Cancer

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  Stuart Scott, who passed away this week after a long battle with cancer, left a legacy far beyond reporting scores on ESPN. The beloved sports anchor gave generously which will live on in the causes he supported for years to come. The anchor died of cancer after battling the disease for more than seven […]

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Conrad Prebys Gives Massive Donation to SDSU

Conrad Prebys Gives Massive Donation to SDSU

Last month Conrad Prebys, a generous philanthropist who is known for supporting the arts, as well as health and education sectors, gave a massive donation to San Diego State University (SDSU), his second donation to the institution in 2014. According to SDSU, “When Conrad Prebys gave San Diego State University a $20 million gift earlier […]

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Why it Feels So Good to Give

Giving Tuesday

Tis the season of gift giving! Sure, Christmas may be over, but many people still find themselves heading to a few holiday parties scattered throughout the month. It’s always fun to open presents, but it turns out that being generous and giving gifts to others can actually give you a boost of happiness too. One study […]

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What to Learn from Buddy the Elf this Holiday

Buddy the Elf

Gimbel’s Manager: “Why are you smiling like that?” Buddy the Elf: “I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite.” It’s that time of year where everyone starts to watch one of the best movies of the holiday season, Elf. Seriously, I could watch it all year round, but then I may risk getting tired of […]

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Student Raises Thousands for Homeless Man Who Paid It Forward

Dominique Harrison-Bentzen

The holiday season is a time of giving, and perhaps no two people demonstrated what true selflessness means than Dominique Harrison-Bentzen and the homeless man that tried to give her his last £3 so she could get home safely in a taxi. Harrison-Bentzen was so touched by this kind gesture that she later set out […]

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The Next Time You Travel, Pack for a Purpose

pack for a purpose

It’s always interesting to learn about how a particular charitable organization got its start. For husband and wife team Rebecca and Scott Rothney, their organization Pack for a Purpose grew organically from their shared love of travel and giving back. During their first trip to Africa, the Rothneys realized that there was plenty of extra […]

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