Sometime the 1% are Philanthropic – Introducing Bernard Osher

Yesterday, after my NPR radio show I listened to a show on “Alternative Radio” (AR), a progressive thinking radio network that is broadcast on many NPR affiliated stations including my host station WIOX. This week’s AR show was essentially an attack on the very wealthy particularly bankers. Certainly there is enough evil done by selfish bankers to fill 50 shows and yet I didn’t like the superficiality of the shows focus; that the very rich are usually self and destructive.

Many years ago at out B & B and Spa – http://www.TheCatskillsBedandBreakfast – based in Stamford NY in the Norther Catskill Mountains of NY I had a massage client (Yes, I am a NY State Licensed Massage Therapist) whose last name was Rockefeller. When he told me his name I could see the look on his face in response to the look on my face.

“Rockefeller” in my radical student college mind meant “Rich, evil capitalist; abuser of workers; destroyer of the environment.”
It turned out my client wasn’t one of the “rich” Rockefellers. He was the grandson of one of John D. Rockefeller’s cousins. Still this cousin worked for the Rockefeller family as did my client.

My client simply said to me “Do your research, and explore what the world would be like without Rockefeller $$$ and Rockefeller philanthropy.

I did what he suggested researching Wealth, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Og Mandino, Donald Trump, Warren Buffet, The Power of Positive Thinking, Secrets of Success, Wealth, Making Money, Psychology of Wealth, Psychology of Wealth Success, Andrew Carnegie, Dale Carnegie and was shocked at the list of philanthropy tied to the Rockefellers. Members of the Rockefeller family have been some of the greatest philanthropists in history. Their contributions to the arts and sciences is beyond measure.

I was shocked at what I found.

My point?
Nothing deep.

Don’t label other people. Don’t throw all the wealthy into one category. Don’t judge.

One of the daily exercises described in my book “Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times” is picking a person in the arts, sciences, politics, or public service and explore who they are what they have done.
Today I want to share the life and work of Bernard Osher with you. Mr. Osher (born 1927) is an American businessman, best known for his work as a philanthropist.

An avid art collector, Forbes listed him as the 584th richest man in the world, and in 2006, they listed him as the 746th. Also, in the November 26, 2007 issue of Businessweek, he was listed as the 11th most generous philanthropist. The article cited the $805 million that he has given to arts, educational, and social services in his life.

Osher has been a notable philanthropist since 1977 when he founded the Bernard Osher Foundation. The foundation is a major supporter of higher education and the arts, Osher has consequently become known as “the quiet philanthropist.” A recent initiative of the Foundation has funded over 120 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at universities and colleges in the United States since 2001.

His focus has been to advocate for good education, and he has funded projects in the state of Maine and his foster city, San Francisco, which involve education and the arts.

Osher also created the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI) which offers noncredit courses with no assignments or grades to “seasoned” adults over age 50. Since 2001 philanthropist Bernard Osher has made grants from his foundation to launch OLLI programs at over 120 universities and colleges in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

I hope you have taken the time to explore my new courses and on-line coaching training including the new course “The Course of Enlightenment”. It is based on the skills and accomplishments of great visionaries like Bernard Osher.

Take a look at http://www.chihealer.com

Here is a 2 minute interview with Bernard Osher. It is worth the time

Lewis

Osher, Bernard
Bernard Osher (born 1927) is an American businessman, best known for his work as a philanthropist.
An avid art collector, Forbes listed him as the 584th richest man in the world, and in 2006, they listed him as the 746th. Also, in the November 26, 2007 issue of Businessweek, he was listed as the 11th most generous philanthropist. The article cited the $805 million that he has given to arts, educational, and social services in his life.
Osher has been a notable philanthropist since 1977 when he founded the Bernard Osher Foundation. The foundation is a major supporter of higher education and the arts, Osher has consequently become known as “the quiet philanthropist.” A recent initiative of the Foundation has funded over 120 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at universities and colleges in the United States since 2001.

His focus has been to advocate for good education, and he has funded projects in the state of Maine and his foster city, San Francisco, which involve education and the arts.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI) offer noncredit courses with no assignments or grades to “seasoned” adults over age 50. Since 2001 philanthropist Bernard Osher has made grants from his foundation to launch OLLI programs at over 120 universities and colleges in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

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