Billionaires are Jumping on the Give Away Wagon!

Via Bud Wilson
on Dec 9, 2010
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Good Day Elephants!  This will be my shortest posting to date!

I couldn’t let this good news slip past us in the crush of the 24 hour news cycle!

You may have heard that Facebook Founders Mark Zuckerberg, a whopping 26 years old and Dustin Moskovitz are joining Ted Turner, Warren Buffet, Bill and Melinda Gates and dozens more U.S. billionaires to give away half of their wealth during their lifetime! The Giving Pledge is definitely gaining momentum!

Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard College

Anyone up for raising the ante to 75%– You know, wouldn’t it be nice if these courageous and caring folks got into a competition around how much they dare give back?  I love the saying,”from those to whom much is given, much is required”. We already know that Ted Turner is personally committed to doing well by doing good.  I can hear him say:

“I’ll see your 5o and raise you”

After all, how much does one person need to live—even in a consumer oriented society?

Check this out!  It’s a quick read to appreciate another generous and courageous trend setter! The more Facebook grows the greater Mark’s philanthropy will follow. For our Elephant Journal followers, wouldn’t it be an interesting survey to track the core values that inspire the giving patterns of all philanthropists? Remember, it is not just the wealthy who contribute to “for benefit” causes, 89% of all American households contribute on an annual basis.

Why not join this happy crowd and feel the power of helping others?

Bill and Melinda Gates glowing with the joy of giving it away!


About Bud Wilson

As a student-athlete-activist during the tumultuous era at Harvard University Bud emerged with an interdisciplinary degree combining, child development, innovative education and urban social policy. To recover from academia, he moved to the mountains of Colorado and devoted his energy to hosting professional conferences and seminars in Snowmass Village, followed by a few years working with John Denver's Windstar Foundation. He has lots of stories to share about those formative years living in the Roaring Fork Valley. Bud continues to consult with many organizations including Newfield Network, Environmental Communications, Inc. and The Living Green Foundation, Next Culture Network, Climate Colorado, The Unified Field Corporation, Regenerative Community Development of Colorado and The Agora Projects. Bud has 25 years of experience as an awareness & Qi Gong instructor and wilderness guide for Sacred Passage and the Way of Nature. He served as Global Director of Eco-Regional Leadership for The Way of Nature, in May 2011, he co-created and coordinated the first World Nature Quest. More than 35 groups in 17 countries on 5 continents simultaneously communed with the Earth for healing and renewal. He is the Founder and Director of Deep Nature Journeys where he shares his insights and vast experience in service to others. His articles have been read by more than 70,000 Elephant Journal Readers His adult son, daughter and son-in-law are the source of great joy in his life.


2 Responses to “Billionaires are Jumping on the Give Away Wagon!”

  1. Hi, Bud.

    I love this trend, too, but only because it is being accompanied by a complete rethinking, lead by Gates, on how to make sure these vast amounts of money are actually getting results.

    The revolution on the vision, tracking and accountability side of philanthropy is every bit as important as the revolution in the amount being given.

    Bob W.
    Yoga Editor

  2. Bud Wilson says:

    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for your comment and I agree the nature of the giving is key. Many years ago I was privileged to attend a "Spirituality in Philanthropy" gathering in Sedona, Arizona sponsored, in part, by the Fetzer Institute and the Contemplative Mind in Society. The purpose of the gathering was to explore how individual spiritual values were reflected in a person's giving. It was fascinating to observe the transformation in awareness among the donors, when they began to review their giving through the lens of spiritual values. Wouldn't it be interesting to do a survey of the Billionaires to determine how many may be holding a non-dual perspective of reality?

    In a culture that values money to the extent that we do, this "movement" among Billionaires suggests that we are already in the midst of a significant transformation. Let's see if the trend can change the way we think about money, wealth and human worth at a fundamental level – perhaps the gap between the haves and the have nots will diminish!

    Best Regards, Bud