The ancient wisdom found in Proverbs proclaims: “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man” (chapter 3 of verses 3 and 4). One could take these two verses and show what occurs within the character of the philanthropist. If a philanthropist is a person who lives for the love and human flourishing of others, then it only makes sense the philanthropist’s character is one of steadfast love and faithfulness. This faithful love of others is the hallmark of their heartbeat. They live to do what is right for other people. In essence the philanthropist practices servant leadership, whereby their lives are given in service for others. For they really can do no other, this is who they are in their core, in their being. As a result, verse four proclaims they will have success and favor with both God and humanity. And who in the world doesn’t want this kind of blessing returned on themselves? But their living and giving isn’t so much to receive a blessing in return; nevertheless, to the truly faithful this will be their reward; both temporal and eternal.

(The verse taken from the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible)