Multiple interviewees focused on their desire to participate as philanthropists as they develop their professional and personal identities. “I think the biggest thing is just having people take an interest in this throughout their lifetimes” noted an interviewee, as opposed to “I’m retired now. I made my money, and now is the best time to give it away.” Others expressed their desire to bring their full selves to their roles as philanthropists: their skills, experiences, time, energy, and networks, as well as their funding. They are ready to draw upon their full potential, and they may not perceive the same boundaries among the different aspects of their lives.
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