Expressions of Giving

Do you have to be rich to be a philanthropist? Money doesn’t matter in the field of philanthropy; in fact many people do this every day. These days, people are finding creative ways to incorporate giving back with different kinds of art styles including music, art, literature and dance. They use their talents to bring awareness to many different causes and people in need of help.
For example: the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Texas raises an annual art bra and fashion show to raise awareness for breast cancer to find a cure. The art show showcases bras created by celebrities, artists and family members of breast cancer patients. The art bra auction and fashion shows are not only in Texas but many other places are starting to follow in their steps in making a difference for our society.

Another example is the Red Bank Catholic Dance which held a show in which they interpreted the strength needed to fight back the illness. They start from the beginning of first being diagnosed, struggling through the disease and getting support from family and friends. The dance influences early detection of breast cancer and how it saves many lives. 

Many people give back through music. Artists write songs about different tragedies like Haiti. A telethon featuring different artists called “Hope for Haiti” where people called in to donate to help Haiti after a devastating earthquake put the town in a desperate state. The telethon raised about 9.4 million dollars for Haiti

Literature is also a major part to giving back. Authors write books to influence other people to give back and give up things to others in need. The story called “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein is a good example of an author influences others to give back. The Giving Tree is about how a tree keeps on giving and giving throughout this man’s life and expects nothing in return from him.

No, you do not have to be rich to be a philanthropist as all these have proven. Giving back doesn’t have to involve money, you can use your voice to inspire people or draw a painting depicting a natural disaster. Use your own talents to give back and make our world a better place.

GVC 10-06
Philanthropy: The Giving of Time Talent & Treasure

Examples of kids like you helping out:


--Teens for Jeans

--Tackle Hunger