A persistent fallacy about philanthropists, is that the vast majority of them are wealthy global business leaders who made billions and decided along the way to give to charity as well.
If you ponder philanthropists and you look beyond the global captains of industry, more than likely you can also think of names in your local community.
These philanthropists are not the billionaires - they might not even be millionaires - but they are business people who believe they and their businesses should have a more meaningful connection within their community in addition to making a profit.
Practically anyone can be a philanthropist.
At its core, philanthropy means helping to develop and care for human beings. In its purest form, philanthropy benefits those who are receiving, but it also includes those who are giving of their time or money. A philanthropist does not have to be rich or poor. He or she merely has to care about improving humanity.
Keeping these principles and philosophy in mind, Mascot & Hedge has developed it's Pro bono guiding principle.
The guiding principle of the Mascot & Hedge, pro bono program is to treat our pro bono clients exactly the same way we treat our paid clients.
When our clients hire us, they seek and expect the full depth and breadth of the capabilities that Mascot & Hedge has to offer.
We realized that it should be the same with our pro bono clients.
Why? Because, while each pro bono project is championed by someone at Mascot & Hedge who is passionate about the cause, the resources available to deliver the work extend far beyond that individual and their capabilities.
Our pro bono program is a centerpiece of Mascot & Hedge's community-powered efforts.
Pro bono investments are part of Mascot & Hedge's commitment to leverage the collective intelligence and ambition of our people to help non-profits develop innovative solutions to address their most critical issues and help drive transformational social outcomes.
In today's world, consumers want to do business with companies that are socially minded. In fact, most people would rather patronize a business that is also serving the community in some way, in addition to making a profit.
Therefore, it makes business sense and can positively impact your bottom line to think about how to become philanthropically engaged in your community if you haven’t done so already.
Many business leaders and entrepreneurs believe that they would be expected to make a substantial financial contribution as a company.
However, the reality is that every little bit helps and all that has to happen is that a gift has to be appropriately structured.
If you're a CXO, Senior Leader, Business owner and you would like to contribute as a start to a cause and help your community, make a contribution.