“I had one idea that never changed in my mind—that you should use your wealth to help people.” — Chuck Feeney
“If I have ten dollars in my pocket, and I do something with it today, it’s already producing ten dollars’ worth of good.” — Chuck Feeney
“I cannot think of a more personally rewarding and appropriate use of wealth than to give while one is living - to personally devote oneself to meaningful efforts to improve the human condition.” — Chuck Feeney
“Just think, if wealthy people had given away more of the money they had over the last decade, they wouldn’t have lost it.” — Chuck Feeney, shortly after the steep market downturn of 2008.
“…today's needs are so great and varied that intelligent philanthropic support and positive interventions can have greater value and impact today than if they are delayed when the needs are greater.” — Chuck Feeney
“The process of - and, most importantly, the results from - granting this wealth to good causes has been a rich source of joy and satisfaction for me and for my family.”— Chuck Feeney
“I believe that people of substantial wealth potentially create problems for future generations unless they themselves accept responsibility to use their wealth during their lifetime to help worthwhile causes.” — Chuck Feeney
"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.” - Julius Rosenwald, Founder of the The Rosenwald Fund, which spent down its resources in 1948.
"Chuck has been an inspiration to both of us for many years and was living the Giving Pledge long before we launched the project." - Bill and Melinda Gates
Giving While LivingOur Founding Chairman Chuck Feeney strongly believes in and promotes the Giving While Living philosophy. He demonstrated this when he gave away the vast majority of his wealth to start The Atlantic Philanthropies in 1984. He was deeply influenced by Andrew Carnegie’s famous essay, “Wealth.”
We believe that if we address urgent issues now, like opportunities for youth or access to treatment for those with HIV/AIDS, they are much less likely to become larger, more entrenched and more expensive challenges later.
While we know that this form of giving isn’t for everyone, we hope to inspire individuals at widely varying levels of wealth to embrace Giving While Living.
Learn how people at varying levels of wealth can actively devote their money, skills and time to good causes, and receive immense satisfaction in return.
View a photo slideshow in which philanthropists share their thoughts on Giving While Living.
Watch the story of Chuck Feeney’s life to learn what led this highly successful entrepreneur to become an icon for Giving While Living.
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