“Much philanthropy isn’t done by big organisations, but by what human beings do to each other!” says Sir Malcolm Grant, Chairman of the NHS (England’s National Health Service). For Sir Grant, philanthropy should be much more than the act of donating money. It should be a way of life.
Philanthropy, he says, is an essential part of doing business in the 21st century as it represents a moral standing and respectable leadership. Going beyond the usual ‘CSR-giving’ and saving a certain percentage of profit for a specific cause, encourages business leaders to assess the way they run their businesses and how treat their own employees. Corporate philanthropy can also become an outlet for young employees who have a modern, less individualistic and a more giving vision of society, he insists.
Sir Grant also underlines the importance of turning enthusiasm and energy into smart philanthropy to really make a difference. “I see philanthropy as a social movement involving a far wider spectrum of society that is often understood when we talk of philanthropy involving billionaires”.
Sir Malcolm Grant was a speaker at the 2015 Philanthropreneurship Forum in Versailles, France.