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Airbnb Co-Founders Commit Half Their Fortunes To Charity

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.02.2016 | Impact

Airbnb’s cofounders have taken the “sharing economy” concept even further by committing more than half of their fortunes to charity. Brian Chesk...

The Giving Pledge: Facilitating Game-changing Gifts for Social Change

Melissa Beck | Posted 03.04.2016 | Impact
Melissa Beck

I hate to break it to you, but a $10 million donation to increase Harvard's endowment doesn't have nearly the same impact as a similar gift to an institution aimed at social betterment.

America Is in the Midst of a Philanthropic Revolution

Bill George | Posted 01.19.2017 | Business
Bill George

Many companies are making important contributions, but CEOs have less leeway than ever to make bold investments in their communities. Due to growing pressures from short-term shareholders and increasing regulations, companies have been severely constrained in making targeted, long-term investments that drive social change.

What's So Wrong About Giving Away $45 Billion?

Ryan Scott | Posted 12.29.2016 | Impact
Ryan Scott

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced that they'll donate 99 percent of their Facebook stock to philanthropic causes over the course of their lifetimes. Terrible, huh?

More Billionaires Agree To Give At Least Half Their Wealth To Charity

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact

Another round of billionaire business leaders have committed to giving away a significant portion of their wealth to charitable causes. Hamdi Uluka...

Billion Dollar Blow Out

Renee C. Herrell | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Renee C. Herrell

If you had a billion dollars, would you give it all away? Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates did it and then asked others to do it.

Sheryl Sandberg Joins The Giving Pledge

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and her husband, Dave Goldberg, have pledged at least half of their $1 billion fortune to charity. ...

British Millionaire: 'The Kids Are Getting Nothing'

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact

A self-made British millionaire wants to make sure his kids grow up "happy," so instead of leaving his fortune to them, he’s going to give it all to...

Bill Gates: It's Fulfilling To 'Take From The Most Wealthy And Give To The Least Wealthy'

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact

It would be reasonable to think that co-founding the world’s largest software company was Bill Gates' greatest accomplishment. But this billionaire ...

Critics: The Giving Pledge Is Just A Glorified Tax Break

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.13.2014 | Impact

In its four years, the Giving Pledge has managed to recruit more than 120 signatories, but some critics say the initiative has little else to show for...

Philanthropy: A New Approach Is Needed

Albert II of Monaco | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Albert II of Monaco

There are initiatives underway in the sector of philanthropy that are not top-down, but ingenious, effective, and inspiring. We need to bring more attention to these efforts, in order to spur a new and vigorous approach to more effective giving around the world.

Major Philanthropist Refuses To Join Gates' Charity Pledge Because It's 'Practically Worthless'

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact

Before wildly successful and generous hedge fund owner Robert W. Wilson took his life, Bill Gates tried recruiting him to pledge half his wealth to ch...

GoDaddy CEO Pledges Half Of Wealth To Charity

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Bob Parsons, former CEO of GoDaddy, recently pledged half his wealth to charity. Parsons and wife, Renee, recently joined the Giving Pledge –- a ...

Batkid Can't Save Us

Steve Nelson | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Steve Nelson

Charity is not justice, and the conspicuous glare of charity is blinding us to injustice.

Groupon CEO, Wife Latest Billionaires To Pledge Their Wealth To Charity

Posted 12.10.2013 | Chicago

Promising to give more than half of their wealth to charity, Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofsky and his wife, Liz, are the latest billionaires to join The Giv...

The Forbes 400 Opportunity: Purchase the Los Angeles Times for the People -- and Leave a Lasting Legacy

Calvin Naito | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Calvin Naito

The Los Angeles Times should be owned by all 10 million of the County's residents. This collective ownership is the best way to ensure that we create and maintain a quality information source with minimal bias.

On Buffett's 83rd Birthday, We're Celebrating 5 Of His Greatest Gifts To Humanity

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 08.30.2013 | Impact

Happy 83rd birthday, Warren Buffett! To celebrate this octogenarian’s big day, we’re taking a look back at 5 of the greatest contributions to s...

What Is Next After the Gates/Buffett Giving Pledge? Building Generosity Networks

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

I believe that the big opportunity is more than just money. Concentrating on connecting serious passionate people to others with similar areas of philanthropic interest, such as educational reform, global health, and nutrition, will produce more long lasting, positive change.

Party With Richard Branson For Charity

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 06.06.2013 | Impact

We already know what a day in the life of Richard Branson is like. Now, business-minded do-gooders can get a taste of the nightlife alongside the trai...

College Grads Eye Wall Street Jobs As Route To Save The World

Posted 06.04.2013 | Impact

Jason Trigg wanted to change the world when he graduated from MIT. So he took a job at a hedge fund on Wall Street where he writes software all day. ...

1st Woman Billionaire Pledges To Donate Half Of Wealth To Charity

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact

More billionaires showing their benevolence is a business trend we can get behind. Nine new wealthy donors and their families signed on to the Givi...

The Limits of Philanthropy

Uri Dadush | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Uri Dadush

Ordinary Americans are not only big spenders, they are also big givers -- donating more than twice as much as the British, over eight times as much as the Germans, and over eleven times as much as the French, as a share of their income.

The Giving Pledge Goes Global

Trevor Neilson | Posted 04.23.2013 | Good News
Trevor Neilson

A little noticed piece of news emerged in the world of philanthropy this week. A dozen new billionaires signed onto the Buffett-Gates Giving Pledge.

Gates Talks Charity, Tech, Cheap Thrills On Reddit

Posted 02.11.2013 | Impact

Bill Gates has taken to Reddit for a gabfest on everything from philanthropy to his bucket list, with a strong emphasis on global development. The...

Is Doing Good "Good Enough?" Unleashing the Power of Self-Interest in Philanthropy

Josh Baron | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Josh Baron

To take advantage of the unprecedented opportunities for philanthropy to make a difference in society, we have to encourage people to think more consciously and creatively about: "What's in this for me?"