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Friday, November 9, 2012

Spending Time in School

Paul Sullivan looks at how the affluent are supporting education in his Wealth Matters column this week and finds that they are giving more than money - they're also giving their time.

He spoke to several affluent people involved in educational philanthropy who said that their volunteer work kept them involved. One, Charles Bendit, co-founder of a real estate firm, said he was able to make a difference at a Bronx elementary school by using his contacts in the business world.

Supporting education, of course, is not the sole province of the affluent. There are many ways to help a local school, from offering after-school tutoring assistance to volunteering in a classroom. Money does not have to enter into it.

Tell us about your efforts to help a local school or alma mater. Your experience may offer inspiration for others.