Philanthropy is a way for those of us who have, to share with those in need. Charitable giving is critical to living in a balanced society. We should give not only to address suffering, but also to eliminate the sources of that suffering.
It’s one thing to feed children’s hunger to learn by reading them books; it’s another to ensure they have the skills to read books on their own.
Here at The Coastal Star we devote multiple pages each month to promotion of the people and organizations that serve our less-fortunate neighbors. Our Around Town section includes stories about philanthropic organizations, lists of upcoming events and “celebrations” photos that illustrate our residents involved with giving back to the community.
Most months, the Coastal Star feature story that shares space with this column on Page 2 is about a local philanthropist.
Until early 2020, a reliable way for charitable organizations to raise money was to host in-person events. The coronavirus pandemic halted these events for at least a year, and the uncertainty dented many organizations’ budgets going forward.
While we know the pandemic lingers, this month we are making a special effort to encourage you, our readers, to dig a little deeper and help financially support these organizations.
Inside this edition, we are debuting our Philanthropy Season Preview. Our cover story celebrates the creative ways that organizations have been able to not only survive the effects of the pandemic, but also increase their outreach to the community.
Inside the section, you will see paid story and advertising combinations funded by a few organizations, or their donors, to further tell their stories and promote their fundraising events.
Thank you for taking the time to consider a philanthropic gift during this month of Thanksgiving. The generous nature of the residents of the South County coastal communities is one of the many reasons I love living here.

— Jerry Lower, Publisher

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