By Chesca Colloredo - Managing Director - miraclefeet
An article that appeared in yesterday’s Chronicle of Philanthropy reveals that travel expert and TV personality, Rick Stevens, is giving $1 million to an arts charity near Seattle. Interesting enough, this $1 million gift is what he saved in federal tax cuts over the past decade, but even more compelling is the fact that he’s urging other millionaires to do the same. Stevens goes on to say that if you’re fortunate enough to be doing well financially these days, then you should most definitely donate to a cause you believe in. Although Stevens’ motive was not purely philanthropic (there was a bit of politics involved) it doesn’t downplay his contribution or message to his compatriots in the same tax bracket.
It also brings up a good point about how lucky we are in the United States that philanthropy is part of our culture. miraclefeet’s work abroad sees disparities in income and basic healthcare provisions that would boggle even the most hardened person’s mind. Giving to international causes is even more important these days as U.S. funding for programs/services in developing countries are always on the chopping block. Even now the rich seem to get richer and the poor get poorer.
As a bastion of hope for many developing nations, we as U.S. citizens have a moral obligation to help those whose quality of life is so far below ours. Stories like baby Vinisius from Brazil tear at your heart strings and demonstrate the real need for more education, awareness and service provisions in emerging economy countries. We highlight clubfoot as this is what we seek to cure, but donating your time, treasure or talent to any nonprofit abroad is just as important as making a difference here stateside.