David Leica, CEO of Logistic One Ltd, on the importance of philanthropy
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Philanthropy is a style of altruism that involves “private initiatives for the public good, with an emphasis on quality of life”. Business initiatives and government enterprises differ from philanthropy. Business ventures are private endeavors for private benefit, focused on material gain; government enterprises are public initiatives of public interest, that is, focused on the provision of public services. Although there is considerable overlap, philanthropy is distinct from charity. Charity seeks to alleviate the symptoms of a societal problem, while philanthropy seeks to address the underlying cause of the problem. According to a study conducted by Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and consulting firm Marts & Lundy, charitable giving in the United States will increase by 4.8% in 2020 and 5.1% in 2021. In fact, Americans have given a record $471 billion to charities. in 2020, according to Giving USA.
Among these generous philanthropists is David Leica. David, a serial entrepreneur and founder who is currently CEO of Logistic One Ltd, a large logistics company based in Warren, Michigan, has been dedicated to giving back to the community. In this article, we hear from David and gain valuable insight into the current state of philanthropy.
David is a religious man, a strong believer in his relationship with God. Living his words, David recently donated a large, undisclosed sum to the Romanian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity. The property is located in southeast Michigan, approximately 40 miles north of Detroit. The newly established monastery has become a place of spirituality for the Romanian-American Orthodox community, with monks leading a traditional monastic life in modern times, in accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, just as the ancient hermits of the first lived. centuries of Christianity. An excerpt from their website: “With the help of God, with the work of the
Holy Spirit and through the perseverance of Her Grace Irineu, it was possible to purchase a property in Clinton, Michigan, which houses the Monastery of the Holy Trinity. This achievement was made possible through the sacrifice and love of the Lupu-Leica family, our founders and benefactors.
The Romanian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity is not just a church. They also donate money to organizations in Romania that provide support in a multitude of societal areas, such as education and medicine. As well as providing other essentials such as housing, clothing and meals to underdeveloped and less fortunate communities. This is another key element of David’s philanthropic efforts – giving back to his homeland, Romania. There are a number of great non-profit organizations that David is passionate about. RCR (Romanian Child Rescue) is one organization in particular where the vision resonates strongly with David. Each year, RCR-Inocenti’s 26 full-time employees and more than 500 volunteers help more than 2,000 disabled, abandoned and at-risk children. David: “Whether we’re working on a math problem, trying to decipher a difficult Romanian grammar, or feeding the little babies, I always feel like I’m making a significant impact on the children’s lives while improving myself.”
Non-profit organizations such as RCR, HRF and many others are the reason for so much good in the world. Many privileged people would not hesitate to think about the existential problems of a small country around the world, nor would they open a church to strengthen the roots of an ethnic community. David Lecia is not one of many, and on an even more granular level, many of these nonprofits could not exist without generous people like David. David will continue to give back, and over time he hopes to dive deeper into philanthropy and have a very positive impact on the world.
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