Bonnie talks about the history of Philanthropy. Philanthropy is not a new concept. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, charitable groups existed in ancient Rome and Greece. Plato's Academy was supported by an endowment for 900 years. Even the medieval Christian church began trusts to use for benevolent purposes. "Starting in the late 19th century, large personal fortunes led to the creation of private foundations that bequeathed gifts totaling millions and then billions in support of the arts, education, medical research, public policy, social services, environmental causes, and other special interests."
The ideas of charity and philanthropy are important in the history of humanity. While everyone gives for different reasons, I think that people give to elevate society. The arts, education and research all help to enrich our lives and raise our standard of living.
Charity comes from the Latin word "caritas" which means unconditional love. Show Relief your unconditional love right now and give to a journal that is elevating the standards of Christian fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction!
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Bonnie Ponce is the Director of Support Raising for Relief and lives in Huntsville, Texas with her husband and betta fish. She has a BA in English from Sam Houston State University. After work she enjoys relaxing with a good book or working on her novel.