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Giving Pledge

Effective giving: how the world’s wealthy could help millions more people for free

1 Theron Pummer 14 July 2017

EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has pledged to give away half of his £2 billion fortune. He was inspired by Bill Gates to join the Giving Pledge, an organisation that encourages the world’s wealthiest people …


Surging or not surging? What’s the truth about giving by the rich?

Alliance magazine 21 February 2014

Gifts Surge From the Wealthiest U. S. Donors reported the Chronicle of Philanthropy on 9 February. The Chronicle’s ranking of the 50 donors who give the most to charitable causes shows that the wealthy contributed …


Alliance Extra July 2013 out now!

Alliance magazine 3 July 2013

This month, Alliance Extra features two articles on the Giving Pledge, as Russian billionaire Suleyman Kerimov plans to give away his US$7.1 billion fortune, and the number of pledgers rises to 114. Continuing last month’s …

Version 2.0: The Giving Pledge globalizes

Bradford Smith and Foundation Center 4 March 2013

They said that the Giving Pledge was ‘made in America’, they said that Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett didn’t understand other cultures, and that their brand of philanthropy was inappropriate for (substitute the …

Twelve billionaires from outside US sign up to Giving Pledge

Alliance magazine 20 February 2013

Until now the Giving Pledge, Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett’s appeal to billionaires to commit at least half of their wealth to charity, has seemed to fall on deaf ears outside the US. …

New Foundation Center initiative to keep track of Giving Pledge and its effects

Alliance magazine 10 August 2012

The Foundation Center is to keep an ‘Eye on the Giving Pledge’, launched by Warren Buffett and the Gateses. The new move, described by the Foundation Center as a ‘resource’, is part of the Center’s …

Buffett meets Rothschild: clash of giving cultures?

Michael Alberg-Seberich 16 April 2012

The scene is one to remember in the world of philanthropy: Warren Buffett and Ariane de Rothschild meet for an interview about philanthropy. German filmmakers Gisela Baur and Ralph Gladitz document this meeting of two …

Philanthropy’s Promise: beyond the Giving Pledge

Sean Dobson 17 June 2011

Last week, more than 60 grantmakers from across the US publicly expressed their intention to maximize the effectiveness and impact of their grants by prioritizing the underserved, and substantially supporting advocacy and community organizing. The …

The Meaning of Mark Zuckerberg’s Philanthropy

Sean Stannard-Stockton 8 October 2010

Once upon a time, financially successful people spent the bulk of their lives working and then, after they retired, they would ‘give back’ some of what they had earned in the form of philanthropy. Their …

Nonprofits Are Businesses

Sean Stannard-Stockton 13 September 2010

One of the most bizarre criticisms of the Giving Pledge is the idea that it will hurt the economy. For example Forbes columnist John Tamny writes: ‘But while it’s exciting to contemplate the giving nature of Gates …