Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Appreciating Philanthropy

Have you thought about how we benefit from the generosity of some wealthy people? Let me give you two examples. Credits given at the beginning of some PBS programming identify foundations who support their broadcast. I made a note of Park Foundation and researched this philanthropic organization on the Internet. I was surprised to learn that Roy H. Park was born and reared in Dobson, NC. He graduated high school at age 15, went to NCSU where he majored in journalism and became successful in several business ventures. Read his short biography by clicking on the link at his name. When he died, he gave 70% of his estate to the foundation he created.

Secondly, if you visit the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, you will see life-size images of animals from around the world set in their natural habitat behind a wall of glass. Near the floor of each display, a plate will identify the person(s) who donated the upkeep cost for the climate controlled space housing these displays. Most of the ones I saw were a Mr. & Mrs. Name I didn't recognize.

These are examples of education opportunity we enjoy through quality TV programming and museum exhibits brought to us, in part, from wealthy individuals. There are many people who do much for us all and I appreciate them.

The next time you're in New York, budget a half-day to visit this museum. You won't regret it.

Have a good day!

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