Published in Time magazine | June 30, 2016
Giving Back Is a Birthright
By Darren Walker
Charity—humanity’s most benevolent impulse—is a timeless and borderless virtue, dating at least to the dawn of religious teaching. Philanthropy as we understand it today, however, is a distinctly American phenomenon, inseparable from the nation that shaped it. From colonial leaders to modern billionaires like Buffett, Gates and Zuckerberg, the tradition of giving is woven into our national DNA.
Like so many of our social structures, the formal practice of giving money to aid society traces its origin to a Founding Father.