It was long ago I learned that a smile begets a smile, so now I predict a philanthropic philosophy can definitely attract even more of a giving reputation. Who can say what motivated Robert Smith to pledge some $40 million to Morehouse College grads as he passed through our city a couple of weeks ago?
Atlanta can be very proud too that a number of its business leaders stepped up to the plate recently to raise a goal of $90 million in contributions in Bernie Marcus’ name for his selection of beneficiaries in recognition of his 90th birthday. Would one imagine that at the birthday party this month, the donations totaled more than $117 million! What a wonderful legacy for Bernie and for Atlanta.
Let’s all salute this cause — philanthropy — and this procedure.
Sam Massell is president of The Buckhead Coalition and a former Atlanta mayor.