Philanthropy is alive and well!

by Naomi on August 7, 2010

in Bulletin Board

What a pleasure to read about The Giving Pledge on fellow bloggers’ sites: Souldipper and Spirit Lights The Way. In a nutshell, Warren Buffet, together with Bill and Melinda Gates, has initiated a project to unify the super-rich in giving more to the poor.

A number of billionaires, beginning with some on The Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest people in America, have recently joined the challenge to raise $600 billion, by pledging at least 50% of their net worth (more than 99% in the case of Warren Buffet), while they’re alive or at death. It’s profoundly inspiring to read the participants’ letters, which reflect the altruism inherent in this initiative. David Rockefeller for example, shares insight gleaned from his family’s five generations of practising philanthropy.

Napoleon Hill’s books Think & Grow Rich and The Master Key To Riches spring immediately to mind. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly materialistic titles, cover designs, nor even the back page blurbs. There is far more to the message than simply making money. Representing “the distilled wisdom of distinguished men of great wealth and achievement” (500 of them), altruism pulses at their heart, together with an intrinsic grasp of quantum physics.

To illustrate, here’s a quote from the first book, listed under the heading ‘The Laws That Lead to Fortune’:

“…this earth, every one of the billions of individual cells of your body, and every atom of matter, began as an intangible form of energy…Thought impulses are forms of energy.”

And one from the second book:

“…there can be no greater expression of love than love which is demonstrated through service that is rendered unselfishly for the benefit of others.”

How wonderful that this eternal spirit, which Napoleon Hill recorded and first published in 1937, is alive and well today 🙂

For more information, take a look at this Fortune article from Wednesday: New billionaire recruits to the $600 billion challenge

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Henry Chitsenga August 7, 2010 at 11:23 am

I am humbled by these pledges from these wealthy people and I hope if all the world’s wealthy people follow this example this will be the last nail to poverty. The problem I forsee as long as these donations fall in the hands of the greedy and corrupt politicians and other idividuals in society, there will be no solution to the problem. It will just create another group of rich people at another area of the globe. This is the problem we have faced in Africa and it will take time for this genaration to be open and accountable.

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Naomi August 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Fair comment indeed, Henry. In reading some of the letters from these billionaires, it seems clear that they share your concern and are determined to address it. Here’s hoping they succeed!

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nrhatch August 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Excellent post!

And this is indeed awesome new . . . the recognition that the size of our hearts may be more important to our happiness than the size of our bank accounts.

Thanks for the link up!

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Naomi August 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Thank YOU, Nancy! It’s great connecting and I really appreciate the heads up about this, as wll as your wonderful comments. Your site is fabulous! I couldn’t resist subscribing 🙂

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Amy @ Souldipper July 24, 2011 at 3:34 am

I’m not up to date about the results or progress of the billionaires, but with minor effort it’s easy to find out thanks to our wonderful technology. I’ll make a point of inviting them to dinner so they can bring me up to date! 😀

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Naomi July 24, 2011 at 7:24 am

Great idea, Amy! Please may I join you 😀

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