In June 2018, Independent Sector and Stanford Social Innovation Review launched Civil Society for the 21st Century, an article series featuring some of today’s leading thinkers and practitioners exploring current issues in civil society.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Those words from Winston Churchill resonate deeply with all of us in the charitable sector. But what really drives our sense of civic duty and desire to contribute to and help others and communities that are less fortunate?
Ryan Streeter, director of domestic policy at the American Enterprise Institute, considers the root of our need for involvement in civil society, and examines six sources of civil association you may not have considered that motivate our sense of duty and obligation to give back.