WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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We are, as a whole, a very generous citizenry, believing in and actively supporting private/ nonprofit partnerships. The voluntary act of giving (of time, talent, and treasure) is bedrock to American democracy. More, the spirit of philanthropy is not necessarily motivated, nor measured, by one's individual wealth, but instead finds its inspiration in the work being done by those with "boots on the ground." Aside from the practical matter of donations serving as a possible tax deduction from our earned (or inherited) income, the why/where/how much one gives is a deeply personal matter, coming from the heart and the head…motivated as much by one's EQ as one's IQ. As another calendar (and therefore tax) year comes to a close, here are a few thoughts to guide your charitable giving, whether you are dipping a toe or taking a deep dive in the waters of philan- thropy — what I call "heartwork" and homework. 10 tips for … T H O U G H T F U L C H A R I T A B L E G I V I N G M A R G A R E T B O L E S F I T Z G E R A L D writer "wealth" with fresh awareness, potentially sparking a natural generosity to give back to others who are in the midst of real need. two Take a Mental Inventory Do you remember where you made your first charitable donation? Can you summon up the places that made a difference in your life — or the lives of others dear to you? Do you recall supporting a nonprofit organization where you felt important (maybe even life-changing/healing) work was happening? What was it (or where was it) when you felt your heartstrings tugged — on behalf of others. three Listen to Your Village Need new ideas? Fresh and relevant insights? Listen to the elders and the youngers in your life…parents, teach- ers, religious leaders, social activists, friends, even your children. Those in your "extended family" might have much to teach you about what matters to them…and how it could matter to you as well. four Make it a Family Affair Invite your immediate family in for a group discussion about favorite causes or charities. Together, help define what all of you think makes for a better, more humane world. As a bonus, this time will serve as an important lesson for young children on the importance of charity, beginning at home. Each of you has the capacity to lead by example. five Consider Your Charitable Gifts a Social Welfare Contract The acts of giving and receiving can be mutually beneficial. It's hard to say who gets more out of a thoughtful act of charity, but hearts and lives can be changed, going both ways. six Get Inside Curious about a nonprofit? Start as a volunteer and learn firsthand how the work is done, how effectively it is done, M E D I A B A K E R Y one Start with a Sense of Gratitude Whatever your position in life, almost everyone can count some blessings…no matter how unique or small. This awareness of gifts received — even amidst the challenges — will help you define personal 24 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8

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