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Giving WellThe Ethics of Philanthropy$
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Patricia Illingworth, Thomas Pogge, and Leif Wenar

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199739073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739073.001.0001

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What Should a Billionaire Give—and What Should You?

What Should a Billionaire Give—and What Should You?

(p.13) 1 What Should a Billionaire Give—and What Should You?
Giving Well

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This chapter looks at our obligations as individuals to the global poor. Criteria for determining who should give and how much should be given are developed. The chapter also looks at the motivation and giving practices of people such as Zell Kravinsky, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett to understand what motivates people to give. Despite the efforts of these large donors, global need far outweighs the current giving of both the government and individuals. This chapter offers a number of proposals for determining how much people should give. In the end, it proposes a tithe based on a sliding scale among the top 10% of earners.

Keywords:   giving, global poor, government, individuals, international ethics, motivations, philanthropy, tithe

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