Dr. Laurence Cooper’s Philanthropic Efforts
I am a Philanthropist
What does it take to make a difference, to make the world a better place? It takes relentless optimism.
It takes self-exploration. It takes imagination. These are traits that help me to improve, but to “give back” is the opportunity to make a difference beyond what I can do and to engage the force multiplier of what others can achieve.
My family and I are motivated to help in three broad areas:
- One is to help solve the chronic and erosive inequalities between the “haves” and “have-nots”. It is fundamentally unfair that most lack the resources to achieve their potential and must climb a steeper hill just to stand still while others coast to success based on accidents of place of birth and skin color. A healthy society looks out for one another and provides a helping hand.
- The second is that access to education is the tool to learn about oneself about others and the channel to advance personally and professionally. The opportunity to learn is a right, not a privilege and by lowering the barriers we raise standards and expectations.
- The third is that sports teaches mental health as much as it does about physical strength. Supporting sports is to recognize that everyone is an athlete and can experience the learning that comes from delayed gratification, the thrill of achieving shared goals, and the joy of working for oneself.
Our giving expands from the secular notion of noblesse oblige and the religious sentiment embedded within, “To whom much is given, much will be required.” Philanthropy is a philosophy, a responsibility, and a privilege.