Did you know, the act of giving is the ultimate selfish act. With untold benefits for the giver as well as the receiver, philanthropy is a scientifically proven win-win. We are all connected and here are 5 inspiring philanthropists doing their bit to make this world a better place! Spark your inner philanthropist and read on!
Women Moving Millions and Mona Sinha are synonymous with efforts towards a gender equal world. Mona grew up the youngest of three girls in Calcutta, where she says she learnt the importance of female empowerment – and from there became a tutor for others who didn’t have ready access to education. Once in college, Sinha received an anonymous donation to continue her education and, inspired by her experiences, in 2010 made a $1 million pledge to support educating women around the world. Since then, Sinha has become the Board Chair for Women Moving Millions, a global community that donates to organisations and initiatives supporting women and girls, specifically in gaining an education.
Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM
Kon Karapanagiotidis founded Australia’s Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in 2001, with a fiery passion to support those in need. Also a human rights lawyer, social worker and Board Member for Children’s Ground, Karapanagiotidis has helped support over 12,000 refugees with the ASRC since 2001.
Alicia Curtis is the founder of Alyceum, a leadership education platform that has inspired over 19,000 people to make a difference. Alyceum’s presentations and online help guide and inspire people to live their purpose to bring about positive change within their workplace and community. Curtis also founded 100 Women, an organisation that contributes the values of opportunity, connection, inclusiveness and change to support a safer world for women all around the world. It achieves this 100% through its member’s donations, who have the opportunity to vote, via a shortlist of grant applicants, where their money is donated. The money is then distributed to the successful applicants, helping disadvantaged girls and women on a local, national and international scale.
Cyrus Dahl is a teenager with cerebral palsy who won the Young Philanthropist award at the Wellingtonian of the Year Awards in 2021. This massive achievement came from his efforts in raising almost $50,000 to build more accessible playgrounds for people with mobility limitations. And this was when he was only 13! Giving all children the opportunity to play in playgrounds around New Zealand is a truly inspirational feat.
Are you inspired yet?!
By Savannah Selimi