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I stumbled into the non-profit sector after college. It’s not like there is much outreach and support for nonprofit careers, but once I started working for a nonprofit I realized that there were endless opportunities. I started stepping up and saying “yes” to leadership.
||There was nothing about my childhood to suggest I would become a radical economist and entrepreneur, giving away most of my money to finance worker cooperatives in Argentina, Nicaragua and the U.S. As a kid growing up in generic suburbs of Rochester, NY, I wasn’t particularly aware of poverty or inequality, nor did I have a sense that the system we are born into was something to be considered and possibly changed.|
||My wife and I have given $3 million – almost all our business profits over the past 13 years – in loans that help poor people start businesses. Living happily on our Social Security checks gives us the slack to give away more.|
||In 1999, I sold my company, At-A-Glance, to Mead Paper Co. for $550 million. Shortly thereafter, my wife Dorothy and I decided to pledge or give a majority of it away since most of our needs were taken care of.
My first advice about philanthropy came from my mother. She said, “Who cares what is said about you after you’re dead?” And now, from personal experience, I encourage giving while one’s alive. Dorothy and I have never had such enjoyment in giving it away.|
||My goal is to bring safe drinking water to 200 million people by the year 2022. So far I’ve volunteered ten years of my full-time energy and given $7 million (half my wealth) towards that goal- -and at age 73, I’m having the most interesting and educational time of my life.|
||Read the back story of how Philippe Cousteau is giving back to the world|
||Sold her house for five million dollars and put the money in a donor advised fund.|
||Founder of Mama Hope, a nonprofit touching thousands of lives in Africa.|
||A man who got the idea that he would devote half his time and resources to helping other people, starting at age 50, an experience that he chronicled in a book 50-50 at 50.Going Just Beyond.|
|Harry and Carol Saal
||For over 15 years we have been giving well beyond 100% of our income, roughly $1 million a year.|
||I always wanted to be a philanthropist and to give part of my body away to help others. Now at age 54, I am pleased to say I have done both.|