Book Review: The Joy in Giving
We’re always open to charitable inspiration, and I recently found it in a book called Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.
Huguette Clark, the daughter of William A. Clark, a former U.S. Senator and copper magnate, lived a fulfilling life—though marked by her own unique style—that ended with the last 20 years in a hospital and an estate worth more than $300 million. The centenarian never worked for a dollar and didn’t seem much interested in business. Her real talent was giving money away and seeing others enjoy it. She personally orchestrated gifts of cash to employees and toys to their children. She even included complete strangers and often arranged recurring gifts for the entire life of the recipient.
No matter how big or small the scale, charitable giving can bring the same amount of joy to you as it did for Clark. She never failed to embrace the excitement in making someone else’s life a little bit better.