Becoming A Ninja Philanthropist

Find Joy and Change Lives as a Cloak and Dagger Donor

  • Justin Zoradi
Becoming A Ninja Philanthropist

When I was in college a friend of mine was at risk of dropping out. His family underestimated the full cost of tuition and living expenses, and there simply wasn’t enough money to continue through the end of the semester.

This was a big time of stress and my friend prayed and prayed that somehow he’d be able to stay in school. One day he got a phone call from the finance department. An anonymous alumnus had dropped into the head offices, asked about students struggling with tuition, and proceeded to pay the fees for my friend to finish out the year. It was something like $15,000.

This generous donor demanded to stay anonymous. They didn’t want their name in the alumni magazine, didn’t even want to meet the student they had helped.

This person was more than happy to be a ninja philanthropist.

Ninja philanthropists are a special breed. They are remarkably generous but prefer stealth over stardom. They give in the dead of night, in forced whispers, and will slice their name off the side of a building if you dared put it there.

Ninja philanthropists aren’t just humble introverts. They find great joy as cloak and dagger donors. They love to watch their generosity change lives from afar and take great pride in the mystery their philanthropy creates.

Ninja Philanthropists are also a lot like Vampires. If you get bitten by one, you’ll end up becoming one. I can’t tell for sure because he doesn’t talk about it. But from what I can gather, my friend now gives a lot of money to help other students struggling with their college tuition. The apprentice has become the master.

Not all ninja philanthropists are people of faith, but many of them are. They are persistent in diverting attention away from themselves, knowing that the Spirit of God works in powerful and mysterious ways.

God has a special bit of ninja in Him as well. In the case of my friend, God could have very well just changed the numbers on his student account to reflect an extra $15,000. But that would destroy the whole point.

In His love for us, God works through people, not in spite of them. There is great joy in giving, God knows this, and his goal is to see people become agents of change in the lives of others.

Think about becoming a ninja philanthropist. You don’t need to be rich, just cunning. You’ll have the ability to create joy for others, you’ll find joy yourself, and you will inspire countless more to do the same.

- JZ

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Comments (6)

  • Cornelia Seigneur

    Cornelia Seigneur

    23 October 2011 at 16:21 |
    I love the idea of a gift that keeps on giving. . .pay it forward...and not needing recognition for your service. So unlike the glory that people seek.
  • Justin Zoradi

    Justin Zoradi

    06 January 2012 at 15:23 |
    Thanks Cornelia!
  • Branden Harvey

    Branden Harvey

    23 February 2012 at 19:33 |
    "In His love for us, God works through people, not in spite of them. There is great joy in giving, God knows this, and his goal is to see people become agents of change in the lives of others."

    I absolutely love this.
  • Cris


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    Love this blog
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