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People in the cold lining up for food provided through philanthropy.

Betty Smith: Live For Something | Will Power quote 63

Written for Philanthropists

“I want to live for something. I don’t want to live to get charity food to give me enough strength to go back to get more charity food.”

Betty Smith, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

People can find themselves in situations they didn’t create. Poverty is one. If this issue speaks to you, there are different approaches to depending on how you want to help and when. You might be more interested in making the world better by:

  • Feeding hungry people today, or
  • Ending the causes of hunger by enabling self-reliance through resources, education and opportunities

Each has merits.

About Betty Smith

The quote comes from the 1943 novel A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, which is Betty Smith’s semi-autobiographical account of her life growing up in Brooklyn. She wrote about the struggles of living in poverty and the importance of family and community. Betty’s novel was a critical and commercial success, and it was adapted into a movie in 1945.

Living is giving

You can support the causes you care about in different ways. One way is by making a charitable donation as part of your estate planning.

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