Philanthropia in Latin means a “love for mankind”. In English, philanthropy seems to connote images of Warren Buffett and Bill Gates; gargantuan donations of millions of dollars to worthy causes. And in part, that’s what it’s about… but that’s not the whole story.

Philanthropy is the love for mankind, the love of people; it’s about identifying your greatest loves and passions and supporting them.

Metro Youth Opera’s tagline is “Creating opportunities for Toronto’s emerging artists to have a voice of their own.” The fact that MYOpera gives young artists a chance to perform at a time when it’s so difficult to find these opportunities is so incredible. What makes this mission even better is the fact that the young artists get compensated. At a stage of their careers where all they seem to do is pay – pay for school, pay for scores, pay for lessons, pay for summer programs – Metro Youth Opera pays them.

…but MYOpera can’t do it on their own. That’s where philanthropy comes in. Revenue from tickets, on average, have only covered 30% of the cost of putting on Metro Youth opera’s productions. To bridge the gap, the company relies on the support of generous and loyal donors. Metro Youth Opera’s donors are true philanthropists: they love young artists and they love opera. But it doesn’t stop at love; they show their love through financial support, and every donor is integral to each MYOpera season.

Don’t let the Latin words or white-haired millionaires confuse you. Philanthropy is about aligning your passions with your capacity to give, and that is a beautiful thing.

Maeve Strathy, Fundraising Consultant to Metro Youth Opera (

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