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Bill y Melinda Gates durante una visita en 2019 a la clínica de salud de Gugulethu, en Ciudad del Cabo, Sudáfrica, donde se tratan pacientes con VIH. THE GATES NOTES LLC

Hace 20 años, cuando creamos nuestra fundación, el mundo era, en muchos aspectos, muy diferente al de hoy en día. Esto fue antes del 11 de septiembre (11S), antes de la Gran Recesión y antes del surgimiento de las redes sociales.

En aquel entonces, como ahora, no faltaban causas dignas y había buenos argumentos para invertir en muchas de ellas. Sabíamos, desde hacía tiempo, que queríamos donar la mayor parte de la riqueza que generamos con Microsoft y ponerla al servicio de mejorar la vida de las personas. El desafío, por supuesto, era cómo hacerlo de una manera significativa y que tuviera un gran impacto.…  Seguir leyendo »

In the classic children’s story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,” when the Grinch discovered the true spirit of the holiday, his “small heart grew three sizes that day.” Dr. Seuss may have been on to something — because it now appears that acts of generosity may bestow physical benefits on the donor.

To be sure, there is plenty to hate about the holidays, when we endure the incessantly cheerful sounds of “Jingle Bells” spilling out of every shop and fight our way through overcrowded airports. But the holiday season can also inspire heartwarming generosity unmatched by other times of year. Charitable giving spikes between October and December, which has become known as the giving season in the nonprofit world.…  Seguir leyendo »

As the global recession puts government aid budgets under pressure, and with the UN revealing a funding shortfall of nearly $5bn last week, calls are being made to expand the role of private philanthropy. There have even been suggestions that the wealthy should be given tax breaks to incentivise more private giving.

A new buzzword is "philanthrocapitalism", a view that the talents and methods of successful capitalists should be applied to the "business" of social welfare and poverty alleviation because governments, traditional charities and NGOs are comparatively ineffective and inefficient. This is part of the "New Philanthropy", the ascendancy of private foundations within public policy and international development, dominated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.…  Seguir leyendo »