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“If you’ve money, it is perfectly easy to give it away. Nothing to be particularly proud of; but it is being involved and knowing what you’re helping and you know, really being committed.”
So said Elisabeth Murdoch. And never a classier dame you’ll find, than the dame who passed away last night at the age of 103.
“Perfectly easy”. It’s a good description.
Today isn’t the day to name and shame the uber-rich who hoard their wealth. But it’s a good time to note they have no greater inspiration than Dame Elisabeth, who spoke against what she saw as society’s growing materialistic streak, and who saw making money as a means to the end of giving much of it back. Who understood the responsibility, the expectation and the reward of philanthropy to those who are very fortune.