Generations of Philanthropy - Countdown: 21 Days
August 04, 2012
Have you ever experienced a "ripple effect"; one action causing another, spreading over time and space? It's an amazing phenomenon, and one that applies in myriad occasions throughout life.
One of my favorite ripple effects is when one good deed causes another, and on down the line. When it comes to the Rockefeller family, I am reminded of this. John D. Rockefeller, Sr. was well known as an oil tycoon, but later in life he found purpose and fulfillment in public works projects. Some of his early efforts included the eradication of a parasitic infection called hookworm. But it wasn't eradicating hookworm that was Rockefeller, Sr.'s biggest ripple effect; it was his ability to instill the philanthropic ethic into future family generations.
Here in Grand Teton we are most grateful to the men of the next generations, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and his son Laurance S. Rockefeller, for their foresight and generosity. In other places in the United States and even around the world you may benefit from this family's long history of philanthropy. Are there any places near you that were gifts from the Rockefeller family?