Personal Stories of Philanthropy

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This week’s Saturday Special on VPR is a two part
documentary about philanthropy produced by David Freudberg for Human Media.

 The Giving Circle

Named for the Greek Goddess of the Hearth, The Hestia Fund
is an informal giving circle located in Boston,
where forty women get together each month to debate where to give their
charitable donations. The group then explores and visits organizations that
share their focus.. Hear what motivated founder Susan Priem to start the fund,
how the other women view their roles, and how they hope to promote social
justice through fostering and supporting after-school programs.

Gary On Funding Hope

Gary, Pillsbury heiress and noted philanthropist, calls charity the "new
American dream" because it is uniquely able to create change in our world.
A founder of over a dozen charities herself, Gary
has given nearly all of her inheritance away. Her candor, spirit, and thoughts
on why the present moment offers a golden chance for betterment will convince
you how hope, more than anything, can fund a cynical world.   For more information about Gary and her book Inspired Philanthropy, visit her website.

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