Publishers Clearing House and the Spirit of Philanthropy

The roots of philanthropy at Publishers Clearing House grow deeper and stronger every year. Did you know that over 40% of PCH profits go to trusts for the benefit of charities? Well, it’s true. For many years, the name Publishers Clearing House has been synonymous with sweepstakes; however, very few people know that PCH also symbolizes philanthropy.

So what exactly is philanthropy? I know what charity means as do most people, but philanthropy…hmm…that can be a little more complicated, but in spirit, they’re really very similar. So let’s explore! Philanthropy actually means the love of humanity. Used in modern times, it means private initiatives for public good, focusing on quality of life and is more often associated with the very wealthy who set up charitable trusts which oversee the distribution of funds to various organizations in need. Whereas charity is the singular act of giving something away – like donating to your local Goodwill store.

Modern philanthropists include such notable and recognizable names as actor Paul Newman, computer genius Bill Gates and financier Warren Buffet. Extremely notable but not as recognizable a name is the late Harold Mertz, co-founder with his wife, LuEsther, and daughter, Joyce Mertz-Gilmore, of – you guessed it! – Publishers Clearing House! With a “complete compulsion to reach out a hand to help,” while choosing to fly under the radar, so to speak, our founders pursued their philanthropic goals privately and quietly.

Growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, Harold’s family had a simple work ethic: “Work not, eat not.” Having worked every day of his life from the time he was 12 years old, by the time he entered college on scholarship, he left after one year because he “needed to get out into the world to make money.” And, make money he did, as the company grew to become an American icon! But, for all the wealth Harold Mertz worked long and hard for over his years with PCH, his life was filled with many tragedies, including the loss of his son at age 18 and then his daughter.
Pursuing their initiatives for public good while even helping individuals directly, the Publishers Clearing House co-founders never asked for anything in return except a simple, “Thank you,” and a promise that should the time come when the person could help others, they would (Source: Philadelphia Inquirer – June 30, 1982).

You’re probably wondering what charities the Publishers Clearing House trusts have benefited over the years. So here’s a small sampling: various colleges and scholarship funds including Swarthmore College, construction of various schools, the National Audubon Society, the New York Botanical Gardens, various cultural and performing arts institutions such as the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Joyce Theatre and Lincoln Center, the Macular Degeneration Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association (Source: PCHSweepstakesInformationCenter).

I do hope you enjoyed this blog post and that you learned something new about Publishers Clearing House – I know I did! Please leave your comments below and let us know what you do to help others – whether you donate to charities or volunteer your time. We always love hearing from you. Also, if you’re interested in learning more about charities, philanthropy or anything else, make sure to visit PCHSearch&Win. You can find what you’re searching for there and maybe win a prize instantly. If you win you can have some money for yourself, and maybe a little extra to donate to your favorite charity.

Here’s to the spirit of giving,

Leslie Jaye
PCH Creative


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sagar deo said...

TRY TRY UNTIL YOU NOT BE SUCCESS.LETS HOPE TO BE A WINNER.DONT LOOSE YOUR HOPE.LIFE IS LIKE A FLOWING OF WATER.WE WILL NOT BE IN SAME POSITION AT ALL TIME.WITH REGARDS OF CHANGING TIME OUR DREAM ALSO CHANGE.THANKYOU AND HAVE A WODERFUL DAYS TO ALL THE PCH FAN WHO DREAMS TO BE A WINNER.
BEST REGARDS
FROM MR.SAGAR DEO

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Diana Hanlon said...

would Like to win pch so I can send a donation to charity cystic fibroses I freind of mine her little son has it I feel bad that I can’t help her son whe would be happy if I could help her hope to win win win Publisher Clearing House.

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Maureen Sousa said...

Hi Leslie,
Thanks so much for the informative post.. The Mertzs’ certainly had the philanthropic spirit and they must be proud to see their efforts continuing today! thru their company..

I always was an admirer of Paul Newman also with his products profits going to charites in need. I wish ALL companies would do the same & maybe we could fix ALL that is needed in this world..today.

I give all my loose change to our local food bank on a daily basis.. & all my shredded paper to our local MSPCA.. they get reimbursed for their recycling efforts to help with funds for the shelter..

When ever the creative muses take hold of me to do some of my art, it is always with the intention to have my artwork have some purpose, such as help raise funds for Japan with flower pins or create animal cremation urns with profits going to help local animal shelters.

So I guess I have that philanthropic heart but not the pocketbook to match.

But God Bless all those out there making a difference..

Maureen

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.•○♦M•R♦○•. said...

LOve today’s blog it’s true educated me about the really importants of information for one to know the importants of and about giving back to any charities Organizations of my Choice it has been the fabric of our Communities for generation & generation. and in tough ecomomic time, as these we all most start. if their’s a will then their’s a way it can be a Small gift but from Acepting all the love and Appreciations,and the Thank you’s from Giving back can truely be the Love of the People we give to our Generiousity can be like an philanthropist. it would feel so good & nice to say ive given back to Some Family In Need and where its Needed.

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Nancy Sexton said...

As mentioned in the previous blog, philanthropists are truly blessed winners for it is more blessed to give than to receive, Jesus says.

There are so many GREAT multitudes of needs around the world, that giving to churches of God are the best way to share in blessings of others AND to be blessed in return!!

God bless everyone!!

NKS

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Curtis Martin said...

I knew PCH was a giver but, WOW! And that was just a “sampling”.

Well, when I had two jobs, what I liked to do is wait till the winter months and choose four kids I would see going back and forth to school that I felt wasn’t really dressed for the cold and buy them winter coats. Now, I like to give the advice that Jesus emphasized that, next to love of God, love of neighbor should govern our lives. (Matthew 22:34-40) And allow nothing—neither race, nationality, nor ethnic background—to cause you to hate your neighbors.

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♦M R♦ said...

THERE’S MORE THAN ONE WAY OF GIVING, BACK BUT THERE IS TRUE ONE’S HEART FELT GENERIOUS TO GIVE SMALL OR BIG WHAT EVER IT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENTS IN THE LIFE OF MANY WHO ARE NEEDY AND LESS-FORTUNED. TO GIVE BACK TO CHARITY OR AND ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS HOMELESS PERSON CHLIDREN AND HELP THE SICK WE MUST ALL WAY REMEMBER DONATION HELPS BLESSES OUR FUTURE COMMUNITIES AND THE FAMILY’S AND CHILDREN THAT LIVES IN THEM.

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Emma Gibson said...

DEAR PUBLISHER CLEARING HOUSE, MY NAME IS EMMA JEAN GIBSON 53 YEAR OLD HARDING WORKING AND LOVING MOTHER OF 6 CHILDREN AND I’M LIKE EVRY OTHER PCH CONTESTANT I’M THANKFUL FOR WHATEVER U BLESS ME WIT EVEN 7,OOO I WANT COMPLAIN I ENTER EVERYDAY WIT THE HELP OF MY CHILDREN AND PRAY AND HOPE THAT SOMEDAY YOU’LL COME AND CHANGE ARE LIVES UNTIL THEN I’M ENTER EVRYDAY AND PRAY AND HOPE I SEE YOU GUYS GRACE MY DOOR AT 407 A EASTMEN ST IT WOULD MEAN THE WORLD ,MAY GOD BLESS AND CONTINUE TO LET U WONDERFUL FOLKS CHANGE NOT MINES BUT EVRYONE WHO ENTER AS MUCH AS I DO

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Antony Bennett said...

Just want enough money to help pay for medical attention for my mother. She can’t do anything for herself but don’t want to live with anyone! Would like to pay for at least 24 hr care while I work. Cleaning and running errands from time to time. She can’t afford it but I no god will provide. All I can do is HOPE for a blessing

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