Peter Culpepper: Creative Philanthropy

When most people think about charitable giving, direct financial contributions come to mind. While funding in the form of gifts of cash and/or stocks is of course beneficial to nonprofit organizations, there are other ways to become involved and show support for a good cause. Peter R. Culpepper, chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Provectus Pharmaceuticals in Knoxville, Tennessee, partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2003 following his 5-year-old daughter’s diagnosis of and successful treatment for a brain tumor.

Through his book, Brownie the Lonely Dragon, Mr. Culpepper and his co-authors helped raise awareness of the life-altering work of Make-A-Wish. Brownie the Lonely Dragon offers a valuable lesson to all children about believing in themselves while accepting and respecting others’ differences. Other philanthropists can similarly make a difference by exploring alternative opportunities, such as volunteering or donating specific gifts, which directly provide critical needs and services as opposed to giving money toward their purchase.