Government has given the nod to the proposed Centre for Philanthropy.

This was announced by Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment, Urban and Rural Development, Christopher Sinckler, as he delivered an overview entitled: "Philantrophy: Expanding the Horizons for Overseas Barbadians and Friends of Barbados." ??It formed part of the Barbados Network Consultation’s Inaugural Diaspora Conference, held recently, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Mr. Sinckler asked Barbadians to be open minded about the establishment of this centre, which he said was not just an institution to collect money, but one which would contribute greatly to the development of the society in general.

"What we are trying to do is to introduce the concept of philanthropy to Barbadians as a concept where those who have can contribute to those who do not have, but we are giving it a structure within which this can happen supported by reformed laws and also backed by a new understanding of where development has to go…We have to see development now as an all inclusive activity to which citizens both inside of Barbados and outside of Barbados can contribute and make a positive difference to the development of Barbados," the Minister asserted.

He noted that the concept of philanthropy was not new, but was important in?? today’s society due to the "definite need for those resources and excellent opportunities for what we call social investment."

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