In this life, there are people who are better than us in one way or the other. The same is true for philanthropy where there are people who have managed over 100 charitable organizations. Apart from writing checks, there are other activities that comprise of philanthropy. Adam Milstein recently offered some insights and secrets that help one become a good philanthropist. He discussed three tactics that someone must employ to become successful. The first point that Adam Milstein noted is that the work of giving should be treated as a lifetime labor of love. Many people have always asked Adam Milstein why he is so passionate about giving back to the society. He answers this question by saying that he doesn’t work at all. Philanthropy culminates from what he loves to do. At the end of the day, he feels motivated about his involvement as well as becomes satisfied by changing the community around him.
Adam Milstein says that the more he becomes involved in philanthropy, the more he becomes satisfied. He also says that one should not stop once they have begun helping other people. Instead, you should focus all your energy and love into these deeds. Adam Milstein then talks about the importance of staying focused in philanthropy. Other than spreading your efforts among various organizations, you should focus on one organization and pay attention to it. He says that the field of philanthropy is not about competing with one another. He gives an example of the organizations that he has been part of. They include Israeli-American Council, Hasbara Fellowships and Birthright Israel. Adam Milstein says that he is able to divide his time within these entities.
The last secret to being a successful philanthropist is putting your mouth where your resources are. This requires you to dedicate your talent, time and connection to one thing. Adam Milstein says that philanthropy is not an art of science, but it’s something that depends on organization. Adam Milstein has been in the United States since the year 2001. He has made his wealth through the Hager Pacific Properties where he is a managing partner. The other managing partner is David Hager.
When one looks at the charitable donations made by Dick DeVos and his family, quite frankly, it is hard not to be impressed, amazed, and in awe. It is hard to believe that one man and one family have done so much but it is true. The family has given billions of dollars toward many worthwhile causes that are near and dear to their hearts. In their mind, it is the right thing to do, without a shadow of a doubt. They don’t second guess it. They follow their gut and they know that if the shoe were on the other foot, someone would help them out. They believe in the good of people and they try to live that out, each and every day of their lives.
Dick DeVos is a person that has a heart of a gold, a personal touch, and is a real people person. He cares about people and wants to do all that he can to help them out in any way possible. He knows that a little bit goes a long ways. The family works together and everyone has their part and their division when it comes to helping out. They know that one person can’t do it all by themselves and everyone has to pitch in and do their part to make the world a better place.
Some of the causes they have given back to are education, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Christian nonprofits and these are just to name a few. Everyone that has spoken about the DeVos family says that not only do they help out with money, but they are very hands-on, easy to approach, kind, and very generous with their time. They don’t just write a check and call it a day. Their work isn’t done. If they can offer any counsel, wisdom, or guidance, they are more than happy to do so and have done so many, many times.
That is why the DeVos family sleeps well at night and they are happy with themselves when they look in the mirror, each and every day. They don’t do it for that reason, but it does feel good to be able to help others out, give back, and make a real difference in the world. Now, more than ever, the world needs it. Every little thing, as I’ve said, makes a big difference. There is no such thing as a small donation. When you are talking about big donations, major change can occur.