Microphilanthrophy---say what? February 10 2011

What does it mean to be a “microphilanthropist”? According to Dictionary.com, philanthropy is an “altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons, by endowment of institutions of learning and hospitals, and by generosity to other socially useful purposes.” And micro means “extremely small.” So, when you put this all together, is a microphilanthropist someone who has an extremely small concern for human welfare and advancement?….umm….no. Actually, it is someone who has a great deal of concern for human welfare and chooses to tackle it on a small level. Confused? Don’t be. Carlo Garcia, from Chicago, can clear it all up all for you. He’s a man who realized that he could “change lives and inspire others to do the same --- all for the price of his morning joe.” So, nearly 300 days ago Carlo gave up his Starbucks for the free office coffee and, in turn, began donating daily to charitable organizations. He now blogs about his experiences at Living Philanthropic and encourages his readers to give back as well. In his own words "You don't have to be rich and famous to make a little bit of good in your community, and that good will have a ripple effect." Well done, Carlo. Keep up the great work! You can read more about Carlo and his efforts in this msnbc report. Or follow his blog at http://livingphilanthropic.tumblr.com/