Be a giver

In a world where the gap between the haves and the have-nots is often painfully apparent, beneficent and philanthropic efforts by some of the world’s wealthiest sound pretty good. Two of America’s richest people, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, have started a grass-roots effort they’re calling The Giving Pledge, which encourages their peers to donate at least half of their fortunes for the good of the global family. So far, Buffett has pledged to give away 99 percent of his $45 billion fortune and Gates most of his combined $54 billion. 

The pledge, they say, “is neither an effort to pool resources nor a call to raise funds for a cause. It is simply a moral commitment to give” (“The Billionaires’ Club, The Christian Science Monitor, November 22, 2010, p. 27). 

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