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The Giving Pledge

What is Philanthropy?

Francis Levy | Posted 10.16.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

Eleemosynary refers to the philanthropic impulse and it derives from the Latin word for alms. But what is the nature of philanthropy?

Should Non-Profits Focus Fundraising on the 1 Percent

Hervé Larren | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Hervé Larren

The Giving Pledge, a promise by the world's wealthiest individuals to give away at least 50 percent of their net worth to charity during their lifetimes, has garnered a great deal of attention.

Philanthropy As a Family Affair

Epaminondas Farmakis | Posted 10.25.2014 | Impact
Epaminondas Farmakis

According to Forbes magazine, we are currently living in an era commonly referred to as the "Golden Age of Philanthropy." The number of family found...

Are the Rich Any Good? Think Immigrant Women Leaders

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

Whatever holes one may pick in Picketty and other economists, plutocracy is rooted deeply and rules the world. If this is indeed inevitable, what's to be done?

Three Business Leaders Who Prove That You Can Do Good by Doing Business

Kari Warberg Block | Posted 04.04.2014 | Business
Kari Warberg Block

As a sustainably focused entrepreneur with the aspiration to create a kinder planet, coming together with so many outstanding individuals with similar passions was inspiring and invigorating.

Gates, Buffett Get Branson To Pledge Half Of Wealth To Charity

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact

Richard Branson, ever the pacesetter, is piloting something new -- but it has nothing to do with travel. The founder of Virgin Group and his wife, ...

11 More Billionaires Pledge Half Their Fortunes To Charity

Posted 09.19.2012 | Impact

Warren Buffett got 11 more billionaires to agree to give away half of their wealth to charity. The Giving Pledge, a philanthropic initiative starte...

Buffett On Philanthropy: 'It'd Be Madness Not To Do It'

Posted 05.21.2012 | Impact

A group of billionaires met to talk about money -- not earning it, but how to best give it away. Thirty-five billionaires who have handed over a m...

Buffett, Gates Get 12 More Billionaires To Donate Over Half Of Fortunes

Posted 04.21.2012 | Impact

There are now 81 billionaires committed to giving at least half of their fortunes to charity, thanks to 12 new families and individuals who have signe...

The Real Motivation Behind Going Public in Philanthropy

Suzanne Skees | Posted 07.31.2011 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

For Warren Buffet and me, giving feels really good, because the truth is, we receive more than the supposed recipient. This thing we call "love of humankind," philanthropy, infuses our whole being with love of self.

Buffett, Gates Try To Persuade India's Billionaires To Give More To Charity

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW DELHI (By Alistair Scrutton and C.J. Kuncheria) - Two of the world's richest men, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, will meet the cream of India's ri...

Gates, Buffett Ask India's Big Shots To Chip In On Polio Eradication

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Over the next six months, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett will travel to to India to ask top business officials to ante up to end polio. Gates highlig...

Wise Distributions: Moving Beyond the Giving Pledge

David C. Colby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
David C. Colby

Committing to the Giving Pledge is no small act; but the true work comes after the media buzz: assessing how the money can be used most wisely.

Why We Should Dial Down Our Enthusiasm for the Giving Pledge

Aaron Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Aaron Dorfman

I think it's fantastic for billionaires to give money to charity instead of buying expensive toys they don't need. I do, however, have some concerns about the Giving Pledge.

'Tis the Season: The Inspiring Generosity of Billionaire Philanthropists

Inder Sidhu | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Inder Sidhu

Why would so many wealthy people go so far to help so many? I think the answer is obvious to anyone who has ever contributed to a cause, a charity or a friend in need: There's more to life than doing well; to be truly rich you have to do good too.

Mark Zuckerberg, the Philanthropist

Danielle Berrin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Danielle Berrin

The lesson Zuckerberg and Moskovitz come to teach us is that it doesn't matter. There are no circumstances of life in which it isn't appropriate to give as much as you can.

10 Reasons Why the Giving Pledge Will Reshape Philanthropy

Trevor Neilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Trevor Neilson

As someone who works closely with philanthropists every day, I can clearly say that the Giving Pledge is going to have a huge impact. Here are 10 reasons why.

The Giving Pledge: Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Ted Turner Talk Philanthropy (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Over the summer, billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett announced The Giving Pledge, a commitment to donate the majority of their fortunes to char...