Transformation Through Virtous Philanthropy

Mission: To inspire generations to abundantly fulfill their wealth legacy.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pragmatic Philanthropist

Have you ever noticed how much you get back by giving? It may be your time, your talent, your money or just your full attention when listening to another person talk.

Philanthropy really means the love of humankind, and so when we show our love through our deeds, we are being pragmatic about how we want others to receive us. And in doing so it brings joy back to us. De Tocqueville, called this "Self-interest rightly understood," in his 1835 book, Democracy in America. 

It is a unique American tradition to look out for our neighbor and thus hope they will look out for us when we are in need. There is nothing altruistic about the quid-pro-quot. It just makes good sense and also makes us feel good knowing we have resources to help someone else in the community

Imagine if everyone had "self-interest rightly understood!" We would have more harmony, justice and compassion in our everyday lives. Why not try it for yourself: Take five minutes and pay attention to the next person you meet and give of yourself and see what you receive. It may change your life.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

About Margaret May

Margaret May, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, CDFA, empowers women to create their public and private wealth legacy unique to their passion and purpose to make a difference in the world.

She began her focus on women's financial issues in 1990 with the publication of her book, "Money$ense for Women." Today, her renowned workshop series, “The Life You Live is the Legacy You Leave,” transcends traditional estate planning and empowers women to resolve existing psychological or emotional barriers that inhibit meaningful individual and family philanthropic giving.

May retired as a Senior Financial Advisor and Managing Principal with American Express Financial Advisors after a successful 18 year career. Her career in finance began in the mid-70s when she was a Vice-President for Development and Fundraising for Boston University. She received her Bachelor and Masters Degrees from Boston University. She was an instructor in investment and money management at Florida Atlantic University's continuing education department and is Past President of the Treasure Coast Planned Giving Council. May is honored to serve as a member of the board of the National Committee on Planned Giving , and the Boston University National Alumni Board.

May is listed in "Who's Who in Finance in America" and is a recipient of the Brandeis Women of the Year award and the Executive Women of the Palm Beach's Leadership Award. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.

May is an accomplished trainer, public speaker and thought leader. Her financial expertise, experience in estate planning, philanthropic giving and her ability to speak from the heart allows her to bring a unique and inspirational message to her clients and audiences.

Check out "Women, Wealth & Giving: The Virtuous Legacy of the Boom Generation," published by John Wiley & Sons, authored by Margaret May and Niki Nicastro McCuistion. To learn more, visit