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The Billionaires and Their Giving!

posted by Douglas Howe

The new stars of our pop culture are not coming from the typical places, whether that be movies, music, television or somewhere else. No, they’re coming from another place and being talked about everywhere from the tabloids to the tube to the water cooler to the churches.
They are the Billionaires.
“To whom much is given, much is required,” says the scripture. And in a way similar to other cultures and societies before us, it is those from outside the traditional church who are giving leadership to what someone of means should do with their money.
“In an unprecedented show of generosity, a band of 40 American billionaires have pledged to give at least half their fortunes to charity,” says Warrant Buffet in a usatoday.com story. “We hope this movement will lead to more, and smarter, philanthropy,” Buffett said.
Mr. Buffet–along with Bill and Melinda Gates–made calls to about 80 people, they said. I’m hoping the others are still going to make the pledge but perhaps they didn’t want the publicity, which would be admirable.
The list includes people from 13 states including filmmaker George Lucas, media entrepreneur Ted Turner, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and others. (See the whole list here.)
“Nothing like this has happened before,” says Caroline Preston, a staff writer at The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a newspaper that covers charities and fundraising.
How interesting it is, that in an age where many in organized religion are known for politics, scandal and judgment, while leaders in our culture are stepping up to set the charitable pace. I’m glad for it.



  • jestrfyl

    One of the appointed readings from the lectionary this week is from Luke, where Jesus admonishes his disciples, “Wheere your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. Just before this verse Jesus tells them what it means to be a righteous nation, Sell your posessions and give alms. This is surely in line with that reasoning. The Old testament Lesson is from Isaiah 1 – a judgement against Judah (just before the Babylonians swept in a carried off the leaders to Babylon). God tells them what it means ot be righteous; “Learn to do good, seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow”. The people did not learn, the Babylonians came and they were in exile for 40 years or so.
    I think the woman running for Congress against Reid ought to read this passage before she spouts off about the Gov becoming God and idolatry and all. God declared THIS is what a gov should do – the other stuff is unnecessary options. I guess she is not quite so clear on the very principles that the Billionaires Club has learned.

  • Alicia

    This is so awesome. The billionaires were asked about whether their children were upset that they would be giving half their wealth to charity. In most cases, they said their children encouraged them and persuaded them to do this.

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