Speak out against Injustice:
She spoke against Apartheid in South Africa and sang at Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday. Her lesson: Each of us can speak out against injustice in our communities and worldwide. And we can encourage heroes working to right wrongs and join efforts that bring healing to our world.
Focus your Philanthropy for Impact:
She created the Whitney Houston Foundation for children in 1989 focusing on homeless and health well-being of children. Her Lesson: While not everyone can have their own foundation, one can focus philanthropy on a specific area of passion and likely achieve greater impact in giving.
Don’t forget your Roots in your Giving:
She contributed to those from her ethnic and cultural background. For example, in 1988 she raised $250,000 for the United Negro College Fund. Her lesson: Don’t forget your roots. Your philanthropy can lift-up others.
You have a Gift to Give:
She gave all the earnings from her 1991 hit the Star Spangled Banner to the Red Cross. Her Lesson: Each of us has been given a gift and we should use it. Some can serve food at a homeless shelter or tutor a struggling student. You may be able to start a foundation or explore implementing a significant giving program to foster your deepest values. Perhaps your estate planning could include an inspiring charitable legacy. Whatever your gift, you can use it to bring hope in our world.
“Whitney Houston gave us beautiful songs that lifted our spirits and shared some important lessons in charitable giving. We can learn from her generosity and resolve to be more effective in our personal giving in tribute to her,” says Richard Bray, Strategic Philanthropy Advisor at Family Values Philanthropy.
Bray adds, “May she R.I.P. and experience ‘The Greatest Love of All’ throughout eternity.”
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Family Values Philanthropy helps non-profits, individuals and businesses further their values and desire for community impact. Richard Bray is a strategic philanthropy advisor and has helped to foster generosity in the Greater Seattle, Washington state and Pacific Northwest region for the past twenty years. Bray is a member of the Washington Planned Giving Council and Seattle Philanthropic Advisors Network. He can be reached at 206-898-7036 or Richard.Bray@