Quaker Family Values on Giving

My husband and I are committed to giving to charity, and we donate the way most people do: to schools, medical institutions, and our individual favorite causes. I give more to Quaker causes than anything else. I donate to my meeting, serve on committees, hold positions, and volunteer. And in that way, I am🔒

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Kathleen Costello Malin is a member of Smithfield (R.I.) Meeting and is active on a New England Yearly Meeting committee and her quarterly meeting as well. Kathleen works at a community foundation and presents frequently on philanthropy and technology. She has two millennial sons and a boomer husband. This article has been slightly corrected from the print edition.

Posted in: Features, Giving and Philanthropy

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One Response to Quaker Family Values on Giving

  1. Jan Michael December 19, 2016 at 10:49 pm #

    City & State
    Stillwater, OK
    Philanthropy doesn’t ordinarily have humor to it, but the mention of anonymous donations triggered a memory for me. A number of years ago I was in a discussion group at my workplace and somewhere the subject of anonymous good deeds came up. One man in the group waved his hand and said, “It’s like wetting your pants in a dark suit. Nobody else knows but it gives you a warm feeling all over.”

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