Transformation Through Virtous Philanthropy

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

Monday, September 19, 2011

If Money Can’t Buy Happiness, Perhaps Philanthropy Can!

I’ve been reading a lot about happiness these days. Well, more about how we are all unhappy and searching far and wide for our personal wellbeing.

Aristotle calls it Eudemonia – wellbeing of the soul; Buddhism refers to it a Nirvana – spiritual enlightenment. As the song laments, “Money makes the world go round,” but what about our happiness, wellbeing and enlightenment?

It seems the current economy reflects the fact that conspicuous consumption is fading into the sunset as more and more men and women search the horizon for the vibrant hue of conspicuous compassion in their life and work. Could it be that we are on the cusp of a transformative moment in history? And if so, can philanthropy take a leading role in setting a new ethical and moral agenda by putting money to work to bring happiness to the giver and the receiver?

As I travel around the country giving keynote speeches, I meet more and more women in my “Three Principles of Abundance” workshops that are articulate and passionate in their belief that we are entering a psychological turning point in our country. Women tell me they feel empowered as philanthropists to create for themselves and their community an environment where innovative thinking and decision making flows more openly and freely.

In Nebraska this summer, a woman proudly said to me, “I am blessed to wear my heart on my sleeve, and I encourage all my friends to do the same. We can change the world before it’s too late.”

I sense a growing urgency that more women look to be involved in philanthropy as a way to foster caring relationships and communities in more sustainable ways than by voting. The nonprofit or social sector, as it is called by some, is congruent with boomer women’s goals of bringing virtue back into vogue, and using the philanthropic platform to reshape the ethical and morals for the next generation.

In other words, this is the right generation of women, advancing in the appropriate sector, at the optimal time in history, to find happiness in philanthropy. Women’s money, time, and talent is transforming communities, one thought and one deed at a time. Women’s transformative leadership for the greater good is reaching critical mass through philanthropic endeavors and bringing more happiness than money can buy.

To learn more about women and philanthropy, read "Women, Wealth and Giving: The Virtuous Legacy of the Boom Generation." Find Margaret May on Facebook, Twitter @MM_Philanthropy, or visit www.margaret-may.com.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Five Ways Women Philanthropists “Speak Female”

In a recent workshop in Tampa for the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, I presented my research on how to “Speak Female” and the impact it has to engage women to excel in their philanthropy. Women as philanthropists are no longer a niche market – it is THE market for philanthropy. To “Speak Female” is to be a role model for the next generation.

Philanthropy is congruent with women’s goals and aspirations to make a difference in society. Women believe that the philanthropic platform serves as a voice to “Speak Female” and reshape the ethics and morals in our society and reset the compass due north for the next generation.

Speak Female
To “Speak Female” is to be:

1) Empowered with the ability to implement our nurturing and caring strengths

2) Expedient – in the search to find creative solutions to existing social ills

3) Entrepreneurial in thinking outside the box for unlikely resources and partners for the greater good

4) Engaged in authentic and meaningful work reflective of personal values

To “Speak Female” is creating a new voice and vision for women as philanthropists as they join together worldwide to co-create the world we want for the future.

Read more about how to “Speak Female” in "Women, Wealth and Giving: The Virtuous Legacy of the Boom Generation." Find Margaret May on Facebook, on Twitter @MM_Philanthropy, or visit www.margaret-may.com.