Why do rich people give their money away?

  If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor … Yes – Jesus did say that.   And that’s what the Giving Pledge folks joining Bill & Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet are doing. But isn’t there more to being perfect that just giving lots of money to the poor? In case you haven’t heard of the Giving Pledge – here’s the info from their web site Home Page –   I think this home page tells a lot. It starts with the simple statement at the top of the page – The Giving Pledge is a commitment by the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. Well – it still starts with the statement below, but the chart is gone.  I was going to update it with a larger image – but I can’t.  The home page is now filled with pictures of the givers.  They can even be sorted by giving year – enabling us to see who gave first and who are the late comers to the party.  You’ll understand more about that comment below. Philanthropy could include what we would generally call […]