I often dream of winning the lottery and using the money secretly/anonymously to help people.
I think my parents taught me that. They were both so poor as kids that they sometimes went hungry, but grew up to be middle-class Americans. They passed along to me the dream of lightening the load of others.
Here are two older guys who are living that dream.
Mitchell E. Davis is a retired ophthalmologist who has donated over four million dollars to worthy causes, like medical funds for people who can’t afford care.
He started with a small inheritance from his parents, both Russian immigrants. Lived frugally, never married, never had kids.
His acts of generosity make him happy. He has a firm rule, though. He’ll never donate to an institution or cause that approaches him first. You can read more about him here.
Donald Friese was sent to an orphanage when he was five. His parents had too many children to feed so they gave the little ones away. (Breaks my heart to write that!) When he was old enough to get a paying job, he started out as a minimum wage worker bee, and ended up owning the company.
When it was time to retire, he found a buyer but felt badly about his employees. So he gave all 1,800 of them a nice cash bonus. Each averaged $60,000. Except for two longtime workers who ran some of his warehouses. Them, he called into his office and gave each a check for a million bucks. “We were all crying,” he said. You can read the rest of that story here.
I hope you enjoy these two stories as much as I did!