Around the beginning of the 15th century, Juan Luis Vives published “De Subventione Pauperum” (“On the Subvention of Paupers”). It was in this paper where the first examination of philanthropy was recorded under the heading: “A History of Modern Philanthropy’s”.
It was here where the idea of government authorities being responsible for the well-being of its citizens were first recorded. This notion became the framework upon which laws were later designed to assist people living in poverty around America and Europe.
The broad definitions and examples of Philanthropy
Philanthropy cannot solely be defined as giving cash to charity organisations. The goal of charities, at any rate, is to improve the quality of life that individuals endure. The notion is a broadly defined subject and can be recognised through various acts of human kindness including:
Philanthropy in society
The idea of societal philanthropy has records dating back to the Chinese Sung Dynasty in the 10th century. Charitable institutions have been created for the benefit of society ever since.
Knowledge and skills
Salks’ polio vaccine is a great example of philanthropy and charity at work – with scientists and individuals with specialised skills contributing to the health and prosperity of individuals around the world.
Individuals like Bill Gates have donated vast amounts of their wealth to charities and causes around the world – and focuses on extinguishing poverty around the world.
Charity and philanthropy today
Anyone can be a positive influence in their communities, and this notion has been prevalent throughout the history of philanthropy. Societies implement their charitable ventures today. The desire for charity has grown as did the need for food, shelter, clothing, and other necessities.
Today governments support charitable movements – this includes tax breaks, subsidies, and more. With new innovative ways of forming strong and reliable charities, the future may be bright with possibilities, with those individuals who want to help others.