Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
Ah, but what about making your own generosity public in order to inspire others?
A wise king once said "let another man's lips praise you." The lesson of the widow's mite vs. the shouting and yelling of religious leaders over their offerings. True philanthropy should be done not seeking one's own glorification, but with the motive of helping others. That comes off best when it is done privately. Public recognition for big donors with names splashed across stuff usually can be easily misconstrued.