Just in time for Passover what are the 10 plagues of Philanthropy?
Passover, the Jewish holiday welcoming in the spring, remembering the freedom from slavery in Egypt and reflecting on the role that individuals and families play in society is also the holiday of asking questions. Children are encouraged to think critically of the story of Exodus, adults come prepared with topics for discussion of current events as it pertains to culture, ethics, politics and humanity and debates become an “around the table” all night affair. So I thought it fitting that we question the relationship between the 10 Plagues that God brought down on Pharaoh at the behest of Moses to create an escape route for the Israelites and how those plagues can be reflected in today’s philanthropic climate.
Today I attended the Toronto Vital Signs event hosted by the Canadian Club, with keynote address by the CEO of the Toronto Foundation, Rahul Bahardwaj. There were six things that Mr. Bahrdwaj highlighted that Toronto, and in fact, other major cities should focus on when thinking about the social fabric of their communities. Of the six things that were highlighted, there was one in particular that I want to touch on - that of TRUST.