Giving while Living
Engage Now. Give Today. Change Tomorrow.
The need is now. Why wait?
By devoting the majority of your wealth to philanthropy during your lifetime, you can experience the immense satisfaction of not only making a difference, but seeing it happen now.
Giving While Living is an entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy by which you actively devote your money, skills and time to make a difference sooner rather than later. You can learn and make adjustments to get the biggest bang–and impact–for your buck.
I had one idea that never changed in my mind — that you should use your wealth to help people.
Read More About These Philanthropists
Bill and Melinda Gates
Co-Chair and Trustee, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
"Is the rich world aware of how four billion of the six billion live? If we were aware, we would want to help out, we’d want to get involved.”
Founder, The Rosenwald Fund
"I believe that more good can be accomplished by expending funds as trustees find opportunities for constructive work than by storing a large sum of money….Coming generations can be relied upon to provide for their own needs.”
Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz
Founders, Good Ventures
"The world is getting better, and that means that giving opportunities now are better than they're going to be 10 or 20 or 30 years from now, hopefully. The good you do today compounds over time." - Cari Tuna
"Concern and complaints cannot change the current situation. I am passionate about actively contributing and helping to solve these problems."
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
Founders, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
"We want every child to grow up in a better world. Our hopes for the future center on two ideas: advancing human potential and promoting equality. We’ll focus first on personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities. We will make long-term investments over 25, 50 or even 100 years because our greatest challenges require time to solve.”
“Philanthropy isn’t something that happens overnight. It builds over time. I saw an opportunity to be supportive of others, in the same way that people were supportive of me. As I became more successful, I continued sharing with others. It’s what my wife and I do in the normal course of our lives.”
Managing Director, Bain Capital
"My wife, Archana, and I decided that we should give purposefully and actually aim to solve problems, rather than just write cheques. We worked to define our material needs and calculated a sum that would suffice to meet them. Then we walked into our lawyer’s office to transfer that to her, with the objective of giving nearly all of the rest of it and future accruals on account of my income, during our lifetime."
Founder, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation
“Shouldn't you put the same amount of effort into your giving as you might for your for-profit investments? After all, philanthropy is an investment, and one in which lives - not profits - are at stake.”
Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
“Were we to use more than 1% of my claim checks (Berkshire Hathaway stock certificates) on ourselves, neither our happiness nor our well-being would be enhanced. In contrast, that remaining 99% can have a huge effect on the health and welfare of others.”