Philanthropy: The Art of Gifting

After reading an article called ‘Theatre of Life’ in Monocle magazine, about subsidised housing and financial aid for retired (notable) actors, journalists and artists in Munich, Germany: it affected me profoundly. The Foundation was formed in the 1970’s, after Werner Friedmann passed away and his wife, Anneliese (both journalists) set up the charity. The funding originally came from a circus, called the Stars in der Manège, until 2008. There is a rigorous selection process, based on need, for the 32 apartments across central Munich, with long waiting lists. You need to have contributed to the landscape of Munich, by way of work and reputation. All the (resident) creatives still thrive in the vibrant community, some who still write, sing and edit films. Brilliant. The art of gifting, or giving back is so rewarding and life-changing. Are you a philanthropist?

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