Do You Want to Be Known for Your Philanthropy? 

March 15, 2024

Do You Want to Be Known for Your Philanthropy? 

Have you witnessed the impact of generosity firsthand? I have! However, in our society, there seems to be a common misconception about what true philanthropy entails. Many confuse it with fundraising, but there exists a profound distinction between the two. 

Fundraising is transactional. It involves gathering financial resources to support a cause or organization. While undoubtedly vital for sustaining charitable efforts, it often focuses solely on monetary contributions. On the other hand, philanthropy transcends mere donations. It encompasses a deep-rooted sense of compassion and empathy towards others, driving individuals to take meaningful action to improve lives and communities. 

Philanthropy is not defined by how much you give, but by the compassion in your heart. It’s about recognizing the needs of others and committing oneself to make a difference, whether through financial contributions, volunteerism, or advocacy. It’s about fostering a culture of giving and empathy that extends beyond financial resources. 

Giving is the expression of community. It brings people together, fostering solidarity and mutual support. When we give, we invest not only in the betterment of others but also in the strength and resilience of our communities. It’s a powerful statement of unity and compassion, showcasing our shared humanity and interconnectedness. 

At Pocono Mountains United Way, we believe in the transformative power of philanthropy. We strive to cultivate a culture of giving that goes beyond fundraising campaigns and donation drives. Our focus is on building relationships, fostering empathy, and empowering individuals to make a lasting impact in their communities. 

So, I ask you: do you want to be known for your philanthropy? Do you want to be remembered for the compassion and kindness you’ve shown to others? True philanthropy isn’t about the size of your bank account; it’s about the size of your heart and the depth of your commitment to making the world a better place for all. 

Let us strive to be known not just for what we have, but for what we give. Let us embrace the spirit of philanthropy and work together to create a brighter, more compassionate future for generations to come.

A great first step is to visit OR contact Alessandra Restrepo, Director of Resource Development ( 


Michael Tukeva is the President/CEO of Pocono Mountains United Way. He can be reached at