A generation ago, Sartre asked if being preceded essence or the other way around. In today's vernacular, does our identity determine our actions, or do our actions determine our identity? What passes for financial, estate, or philanthropic planning can be understood in part as the elicitation of existential choice. A financial plan is a moral portrait. Should Being and Nothingness, then, be an assigned text towards a challenge exam in philanthropy? That is Diogenes, hoping to guess the right answer.