Thursday, July 23, 2009

Article: The Changing Role of Philanthropy and Aging

Here is an interesting article I came across this week from Philanthropy News Digest on the topic of boomer volunteering. Enjoy.

The Changing Role of Philanthropy and Aging
by J. Barry Griswell, president, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

The excitement was palpable — but, in truth, it had very little to do with the bingo cards in front of us. Early one Tuesday morning, I sat at a table with seven senior citizens, helping them follow the game and mark their cards when letters and numbers were called. When the people at my table won, I helped them choose their prizes.

We were at a Day of Caring at the Principal Financial Group's headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. I was struck by how much energy my new friends drew from spending time with each other. Indeed, I was amazed by how much joy we can bring others with such a small investment of time and attention.

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