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2. Voluntary Action for the Public Good

Robert L. Payton Indiana University Press ePub

Most readers of this book can surely come up with at least a tentative answer to the question “What is philanthropy?” Chances are that these answers will vary widely, from “giving money” to “giving to help others” to the more literal and more general “love of mankind.” In fact, the same would be true if we asked scholars of philanthropy for their definitions.

We said in the previous chapter that to get at the “Why” questions about philanthropy, we will explore some of our answers to this question, “What is philanthropy?” And we have already given our primary (though not our only) answer: “Philanthropy is voluntary action for the public good.” The purpose of this chapter is to unpack that definition. In doing so we will have a chance to discuss many of the features of the broad and diverse subject of philanthropy and to clarify just what is distinctive about philanthropy and what is special about its mission.

We started this book with the assertion that the concept of philanthropy is a multiplicity. In fact, when we dig deeper we see that our basic definition itself embraces this multiplicity. “Voluntary action,” as we define it, encompasses both voluntary giving and voluntary service, the former usually referring to gifts of money and the latter to gifts of time. But we also include voluntary association as a third form of voluntary action. Voluntary association is the vehicle or instrument for philanthropic giving and service; it organizes gifts of money and time to accomplish public purposes. Philanthropy’s impact on society is only possible because of voluntary associations.

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5 The Pattern of Conflict

The Arbiner Institute Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

“Actually,” Avi said, “when our hearts are at war, we not only invite failure, we invest in it. Let me give you an example.

“One Saturday,” he began, “I returned home at about 5:45 p.m., just fifteen minutes before I was to meet a friend for tennis. Problem was, I had also promised my wife, Hannah, that I would mow the lawn.”

There were a few knowing chuckles around the room.

“Well, I raced to the garage, pulled out the lawn mower, and mowed it in a sprint. I then ran back into the house to get dressed for tennis. As I raced past Hannah toward the stairs, I mumbled that I was going to meet my friend Paul for a game of tennis. I was just about to the stairs when Hannah called after me, ‘Are you going to edge?’

“I stopped in my tracks. ‘It doesn’t need edging,’ I said. ‘Not this time.’

“‘I think it does,’ she said.

“‘Oh come on,’ I objected. ‘No one is going to pass our house and say, “Look, Marge, the Rozens didn’t edge!” It isn’t going to happen!’ This didn’t sway her in the least, so I added, ‘Besides, I ran the wheels of the mower up on the cement as I cut around the edges. It looks fine.’

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Going Home

Dan E. Burns University of North Texas Press PDF

Going Home

In September, Ben and I marched in the 2008 Alan Ross Texas

Freedom Gay Pride Parade with our church, Cathedral of Hope.

Marchers wore red, blue, green, or yellow shirts, rainbow colors, and the church’s theme, A Rainbow People, reminded me of The

Wizard of Oz.

As Ben and I waited for the parade to start, standing in the shade of a huge old cottonwood tree and sharing a blue snow cone, I thought about how far we had come, and not come. Two decades earlier we began our journey. Me, the Cowardly Lion, kicking holes in the wall and fearful that I was not up to the task of raising a disabled child. Sue, our Tin Man, rusty with grief. Ben, our Scarecrow with a head full of straw. The Yellow Brick Road is an image of the changes taking place in our lives, our journey, the gifts we have received.

Ben is a work in progress. The full force and fury of the autism storm have passed. Like New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, damage is extensive and repair work is underway.

Standing there in the shade, sipping my melting blue snow cone,

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Secret 1: Read Positive Stories

Kalena Cook and Margaret Christensen, M.D. University of North Texas Press PDF


Read Positive Stories

The women you’ll meet in this book, over fifty varied professionals, moms, executives, teachers, and even physicians—from Anglo, Black or

African American, Hispanic, and Native American to Asian cultures—chose natural birth. Why did they make that choice in this day of epidurals, inductions, and cesareans? Along with sharing what birth is like, these moms reveal key safety benefits you need to know for you and your baby.

Why Women Choose Natural Birth

After tabulating the results from several years of more than fifty revealing one-on-one interviews, four main influences emerged for why healthy women wanted natural birth.

1. Exposure to first-hand intimate stories,

2. Getting informed about labor,

3. Dislike of a medical environment or experience,

4. Faith in one’s own ability for the normal process of childbirth.

Exposure to First-hand Intimate Stories

A powerful incentive for some of the women interviewed was knowing that their mother birthed naturally.They grew up knowing their own birth was unmedicated: “I was born natural and my mother had good things to say about it. If Mom can do it, I can do it.”

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GLOSSARY numbing of responsiveness to the environment, exaggerated startle response, guilt feelings, impairment of memory, and difficulty in concentration and sleep.

Precautions: Physical or mental conditions which limit an individual’s participation in an equine assisted program.

Proprioception: The mechanism involved in the self-regulation of posture and movement through stimuli originating in receptors imbedded in the joints, tendons, muscles and internal ear (labyrinth). The perception of internal bodily conditions, such as contraction or stretching of muscles, bending, and straightening.

Proprioceptive: Capable of receiving stimuli originating in internal tissue.

Rainbow reins: Reins with bilateral bands of color, enabling the instructor to tell the rider which color to hold for the proper length of rein to carry out various maneuvers, including turning, stopping, backing, and trotting.

Range of Motion: The degree of free, unrestricted motion found in each joint in the body.

Scoliosis: A lateral curvature of the spine, predominantly congenital.

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