Robbie Rothenberg
Robbie Rothenberg

Four Ways to Become A Philanthropist and Make A Difference In the Year 2017

The work of a philanthropist is sometimes the most undervalued work around. So many put their blood, sweat, and tears into something. At the end of the day, what they come out with is nothing more than a simple “thank you”. In this day and age, philanthropy sometimes seems to be nothing more than a “thankless” job.

It can be so much more than that.  Just ask Robbie Rothenberg. Robbie Rothenberg is not only a powerful executive and CEO, but he is heavily involved in his work as a philanthropist.

“The reason so many feel that philanthropy is a “thankless” job is because they treat it like a business. In order for it to be taken to the heart, it has to come from the heart. Once you start opening your heart and mind to something beyond the “business” of the work you are doing, the world will start to see something different”.

Here are 4 ways to can become a successful philanthropist like Robbie and still feel as though you are accomplishing something that is going to change the world.

1) You need to overcome the “business” of it all. You need to overcome the “bureaucratic red tape”. Stop thinking about what there is too little of and focus on what you can do to improve it. Align yourself with some contacts you know and get them involved.

“Infrastructure no longer matters. The technology and how you use it will get you from point A to point B”.

2) You have to “build for scale”. You need to use the advancements of technology to your advantage. You can take an idea and replicate the results for a cheaper price. You will also reach a wider audience by doing it this way.

3) Make sure your idea is going to be self-sustaining. You have to give it the wings necessary to fly. You also have to give it a reason to live and breathe. You have to be passionate about the idea. How can anyone else get excited about what you have done when you are not excited?

“Think of your passion project to help others out like a parent to a child. Give your child wings to fly on their own. Your philanthropy work needs to get to a point where it does not need you as much”.

4) You need to live an entrepreneurial life. How can you manage your life like as a leader and philanthropist when you are working and waiting for someone else? Time to become an adult, spread your wings and fly.

“Why work for someone else when you can do what you do right now”?

About the Author
Robbie Rothenberg is a dedicated community activist and philanthropist. His strong connection to Israel is exemplified by his having volunteered under the Sar-El program, with the Israeli army on a base near Be'er Sheva. Robbie is one of the founders of Yeshivat Orayta, a Jerusalem based Yeshiva for high school graduates; and serves on the advisory committee of the Eagles Wings Israel Experience Program, which sends Christian college students to Israel to empower them to become advocates for Israel on their respective campuses and beyond.
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