Friday, January 5, 2018

Jan 5 - Philanthropic Efforts

Daily Report
Lesson: What Would You Do With the Money?
I'm in the habit of doing a daily self-check.  Am I being thoughtful? Am I suppressing greedy tendencies? Have I been kind to those I have met today? Am I a good steward of money?  And in the middle of my deep assessment, I saw the billboards. Mega Million $450 Million, Powerball $570 Million.  The conversation with Hubby abandoned our mindful self-assessment to where’s the closest Quick Trip.  They sell tickets. The conversation changed.  
Hubby: What would you do with that kind of money?
Me:  [Always willing to take the shallow road first], “I’d pay off the house, and buy a car.
Hubby: The A7?
Me:  No, we don’t have a garage. [We live in a historic district and most have small carriage houses, but nothing for modern day cars.]  It would look silly sitting out all winter with no covering.  Hmmm…so I’d pay off the house, build a garage then buy an A7 or a Tesla
Hubby:  You’d still have a lot of money left. 
Me:  I’d help others.

I’ve always wanted to be a philanthropist.  But you don’t go to college for that.  You are born into it, or acquire it, but it’s not a degree, it’s an action.  I lacked the one thing that philanthropic efforts require. Money.  I do community service, we donate on a regular basis, we support charities and  runs, we go to fundraising galas and such, but I’m referring to philanthropic efforts on a different scale. 

The car went quiet.  I bought my tickets, and the excitement of getting the money was on the back burner.  The truth is, I want for nothing.  Ok, maybe that trip to a sunny Caribbean beach when it has been under 10F in KC for a week. But I really “want” for nothing.  We almost arrived home before I gave an answer.

What would I do with $million dollars? “I’d help people in need. Chemo is so expensive.”  Hubby takes a daily pill that would be over $12,000/month without insurance.  We hear stories of people who try to stretch their chemo pills out by taking it every other day or infrequently. We are the lucky ones.  We have insurance.

“I’d set up a foundation to help others get insurance,” I said. I’d work with fiscally responsible organizations to establish a fund to help others on a sliding scale.  I’m a bit of a fiscal conservative, but I’m not greedy. 

That's what I would do today!

Kathleen Brandt
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