Susan Lacz
Catering, special events executive

Susan Lacz

CEO of Ridgewells who also serves on the board of directors for the Washington Board of Trade.

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Give what you can

Q: Do financially successful people have an obligation to help those in need? Are Bill and Melinda Gates, who have given away hundreds of millions of dollars through their foundation, encouraging others to step up to the plate? How much should people who have made millions be expected to give?

It is not only the responsibility of the wealthy to give back but also the responsibility of everyone who can to give back. What kind of a message would I be sending to my kids if I said to them: Once you are rich you have to give back. What about now?

Giving back doesn't mean just financially, it also can mean with your time, pro bono work or giving away items that you may not wear, use, or play with anymore.

Giving back is not just for the wealthy. Bill and Melinda Gates are so out of my hemisphere with their wealth that it's hard for me to relate. Perhaps to others of their wealth and stature they are inspiring -- but don't get me wrong, they do incredible work and are making a difference.

There is no magic formula as to what people should be giving back. They should do what feels right for them personally and professionally. I know I can sleep at night for my philanthropic role in my world.

By Susan Lacz  |  November 23, 2009; 3:09 PM ET  | Category:  giving Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Yes Susan Lacz article rings true. Everyone can make a difference. I even know of a homeless gentileman in my town,in NC, who volunteers at a local agency helping others . SO yes we all can do something , not only the rich in wealth.

Posted by: kristiwarsha | November 23, 2009 4:50 PM
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