It is good to see philanthropic efforts by big names in technology. No matter what you may think of Google or Bill Gates it is always good to see a person and/or organization that uses their influence and resources to help around the world.
Google.org desires to use the power of information to help people better their lives around the world. They are a self-proclaimed experiment in philanthropy. In addition to financial resources, they leverage Google’s entire family of people and partners, technologies, and other resources to address three growing global problems: climate change, global public health, and economic development and poverty.
Google realizes these are major concerns for individuals and institutions throughout the world, and therefore, google.org joins a community of like minded groups working to make the planet and population healthier and more equitable.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Bill and Melinda Gates believe every life has equal value. In 2000, they created the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help reduce inequities, not only in the United States, but around the world. Their primary efforts worldwide go toward global development and global health. Additionally, the foundation works within the U.S. to increase the number of high school graduates, improve the lives of at-risk children, and expand technology and information access through public libraries.
The foundation is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and led by co-chairs Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, and William H. Gates Sr., and by CEO Patty Stonesifer.
What About You?
It is easy in the U.S. to think, “I am not rich, I cannot help.” But the fact is, if you make over $30, 000 a year, you are rich compared to the rest of the world. Also, if you make $47,500 a year or more you are in the top 1 percent of the richest people in the world! That means that there are 5,940,000,000 people alive today who make less than you do.
Visit www.globalrichlist.com and enter in your annual salary to see where you rank.
Did you know that about 8.9% of the U.S. population are millionaires?
Forbes says that there are 36 billionaires, worldwide, under the age of 40.