One of the most striking things about the amazing view from our new apartment is the ever-changing panorama we have. Much of that change is due to the light and the weather. Dawn turns to day and eventually fades into evening, highlighting different landmarks and changing colors as it goes. But some of it is also due to the spectacular lighting schemes and light shows put on by the Empire State Building, which sits at the centre of our view.
On Saturday (November 25), the Empire State Building was lit up in navy, purple and yellow in honor of Everyday #GivingHero and the Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy. This was particularly poignant for us. We come from Dunfermline, the same hometown as Andrew Carnegie back in Scotland, and we have been beneficiaries of the legacy of his early philanthropy.
As kids, we both borrowed books from the first ever Carnegie Public Library. We learned to swim in the Carnegie public swimming baths and we grew many happy childhood memories in Pittencrieff Park. The park was a walled garden in the centre of Dunfermline, originally reserved for the well-to-do. As a young child, Carnegie himself lived in a tiny cottage just outside the walls of the park and was always incensed that the hard-working townspeople couldn’t enjoy the green space inside. One of his early acts of philanthropy was to buy the Park and donate it in perpetuity to the people of the town.
This was typical of Carnegie’s particular approach to philanthropy. Carnegie was a real Giving Hero. He preferred to use his wealth to address the ills of society that he saw around him rather than just make donations. His example should encourage us all to think about how we can do our bit. We don’t need to have the wealth of a Carnegie or a Rockefeller to make an impact. Today on Giving Tuesday, take some time to think about the impact you can make.
At Asentiv Manhattan we are making our own contribution. We’re offering a scholarship place on each cohort of our flagship Ignite Your Business program. If you are a young entrepreneur or the leader of a not-for-profit organization, get in touch for a conversation. Or if you know anyone who you think would be interested or could benefit, please point them in our direction.