Dreams Cost Nothing

Implementation Gets Expensive



What is philanthropy?

It is not something only reserved for the rich. It is not something we do to fill our spare time. It is more than just something to make us feel good.

Philanthropy is derived from the Greek philanthropia, meaning “love for mankind”. I believe we all can be philanthropists - it can be as simple as reaching out and touching a life.

Philanthropy can play an important part both in our personal development and in the transfer of wealth to the next generation. It can provide “classrooms of real life” to help us establish our values and recognize our skills. By doing so we gain insight into our calling - what we want to do, what we can do, and what we can afford to do.

Philanthropy takes us out of comfort zone by changing the focus from simply about us to helping others. Winston Churchill understood this when he said: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Philanthropy can provide many benefits:

  1.   A focus for our personal growth

  2.   An opportunity to share our values

  3.   The possibility of new adventures in our lives

  4.   New contacts in our search for significance

  5.   The prospect of leaving a legacy

The following essays discuss the role of philanthropy in all stages of life. The approach requires understanding the principle that our wealth can be a powerful tool to establish our values both in our family and in the community we live in. The journey requires establishing a vision and creating the appropriate plans to make this vision a reality. Achieving our visions can be our greatest legacy.

        Reaching out to touch a life is a choice. A choice best motivated by love not by guilt, by gratitude and not obligation, and a choice

        motivated motivated by helping others rather than simply helping yourself.

                                                                                                                                                Robert Livingston

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Anyone Can Touch a Life

Are you ready to reach and make a difference in someone’s life? Do you have the motivation but feel you do not have any skills to share? Do you possess valuable skills but lack the motivation to take the first steps?

Anyone Can Touch a Life is written to help both groups. This essay examines the qualities needed and the rewards discovered when we reach and touch a life.

        Reaching out and touching a life is a choice accompanied by a commitment. The choice is motivated by love, gratitude, and the desire

        to help others. The commitment requires compassion, knowledge, wisdom, and time.

                                                                                                                                             Robert Livingston


Giving Away Your Wealth to Fulfill Your Dreams

Are you at the stage in your life where you are beginning to think about how to leave your wealth once you are gone?

This essay discusses why our values are the greatest gift we can leave our children and the community we live in. To transfer both our values and our wealth successfully requires creating the right plans, accompanied by discipline and patience.

       It usually takes little time and effort to leave your money. It usually takes little money, but a lot of time and effort to leave your values.

                                                                                                                                               Robert Livingston


Leaving a Legacy

What legacy will you leave your family and your community?

All of us leave something behind. But our legacy - both values and inheritance - is so important, both for our family and the community we live in. The legacy we leave involves a choice, requiring the right decisions, and a commitment.

        When our legacy is just money, we help the next generation meet a need; when our legacy is our values, we help the next

        generation accomplish their goals; and lastly, when our legacy is our money and our values, we help the next generation

        achieve their dreams.

                                                                                                                                              Robert Livingston


Dreams Cost Nothing

What are your dreams?

My dream is our family will become responsible citizens of the world we live in. By doing so, they will achieve a happy and fulfilling life and help make the world a better place.

The intergenerational transfer of wealth plays a key part in achieving my dream.

        Dreams cost nothing. Implementation gets expensive.

                                                                                                                                             Robert Livingston   


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