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Jeffrey Walker
July 30 2013

Jeffrey Walker

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What is Next After the Gates/Buffett Giving Pledge? Building Generosity Networks

114 billionaires from around the world who have signed the Giving Pledge (pledging to give half of their wealth away in their life time) meet a couple times a year to find ways to share information and ideas with each other.
What is Next After the Gates/Buffett Giving Pledge? Building Generosity Networks
They are great role models for how others can have a positive impact on the world. Some have set up their own foundations; others are still exploring ways they can best give. But several of the signers I have spoken to are looking for more. They want to know how they can partner with other individuals, foundations, non-profits and government agencies to have the most significant impact. How can they connect and collaborate effectively with the many others in the world who are also committed to impactful philanthropy?

I believe the big opportunity is more than just money. Concentrating on connecting serious passionate people to others with similar areas of philanthropic interests, such as educational reform, global health, nutrition, job creation, early childhood, social and emotional learning will produce more long lasting, positive change.

It’s time for us to turn our attention to building and growing Generosity Networks that link the philanthropic passions of major donors with others who share those passions and are willing to work, collaboratively, to address the major causes of our day.

Bringing these interest groups together and providing the “glue” to hold them together for common outcomes (see my earlier blog on Leading Collaborations) will lead to a more effective allocation of time and capital. These collaborations will identify the best non-profits to support, will give them the combined resources needed to be leaders in their focused areas of interest, and will give them a stronger voice when dealing with local, state and national governments, multi-laterals and foundations.

Once these donors see they can be impactful they will naturally want to give more of their money and time. It will be seen to be a good investment! Matching their passions with their philanthropy and linking them with others of similar passions increases the fun of giving, and linking them together with an appropriate curator for their joint efforts increases their impact.

Barriers that Inhibit Collaboration

Generosity Networks are the next great frontier in philanthropy. Unfortunately, there are barriers that slow down the connections among philanthropists and the many who are working on the same vital causes. These barriers include:

Fear that those with funds to give will be inundated with solicitations and requests that they will have to filter
A plethora of activist groups, each with its own agenda, goals, and metrics, many apparently in conflict with one another
Lack of consistently reliable tools to find potential partners
The "quid-pro-quo" of giving. If I ask someone to give then they will expect me to give when they ask no matter what the cause.

What can we do to help lower those barriers?

Identify honest brokers who can bring people and organizations together
Create common measurable goals that unify different groups focused on key causes
Set up social enterprises that have goals focused not just on their own success but in bringing together others for unified success

Moving from talk to action

Some of the preliminary steps to create the Generosity Networks of tomorrow are already taking place. There are thousands of wealthy individuals from around the globe, who may not be wealthy enough to be among the 114 pledge signers, but who are also very interested in giving back in an impactful way. JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and UBS private banks have brought together their high net worth clients to discuss philanthropy and compare notes. However, these connections are still in the stage of large groups listening to speakers and moderated panels; candid, open, connective conversations among the donors themselves are only beginning. The Global Philanthropy Forum, Legacy Ventures, Synergos and others are organizations where these conversations are continuing.

There are groups of wealthy individuals coming together in targeted areas of interest for common purpose, such as Oceans Five, Pew Foundation’s Ocean Legacy, Bridgebuilders Collaborative and New Profit. Specifically, New Profit has one of its domains focused on finding great enterprises in the learning disability and social and emotional learning areas. Four families have come together to share resources ($25 million commitment), network, and knowledge and act together. New Profit is the collaborative glue, the honest broker, that ensures the sharing of information, opportunities, and identification of resource needs.

Harvard Business School is bringing together its alums who are interested in educational reform (many of whom are already giving in this area and related boards such as Teach for America and Kipp Schools) and linking them up with the key professors and active foundations (such as the Gates Foundation) to identify ways they can integrate their efforts.

In many cities and countries, local business people are rising up and starting to work with their local officials and their peers – from , The Partnership for New York City here in the U.S., to multi-stakeholder, business led, groups being formed to focus on health initiatives in Nigeria and India.

Tools for Connecting

The leading social network services are beginning to connect like-minded individuals around social causes. For example, Meg Garlinghouse, who leads Linkedin For Good, is exploring ways to identify philanthropic passions of the Linkedin members so they can be matched up with non-profits that need their time and talent. These linkages can be a great way for non-profits that need board members to get to know potential candidates.

There are several peer-based (equal, personal, relationship focused) efforts underway to organize individuals around the world, leveraged by donors, to build grassroots connections that can help create the sustainable, proactive, change tools needed for large-scale philanthropic efforts to succeed. For example, Marshall Ganz at Harvard’s Kennedy School teaches a popular course on community organizing and the public narrative. A non-profit called The Leading Change Network, has been set up to train others around the world in these collaboration skills. Other groups such as Tostan.org and Centering Healthcare are using these peer-based tools to build such networks.

Please visit the Generosity Network site (http://www.thegenerositynetwork.com) and join us to discuss the best way to build and reinforce these collaborative networks. As these networks grow, more resources will be brought to targeted causes and the collaborative partnerships that are built will produce models that others can learn from.

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  • There comes a point, I suspect when people who are addicted to amassing huge amounts of money realize that there are diminishing returns of satisfaction from acquiring material possessions. A natural step in seeking self-fulfillment is to purchase the admiration of others through philanthropic activities, even though this admiration is primarily self-centered imagination. Those of the "one percent" who make the decisions on how the "pie" will be shared and can`t but believe they deserve nearly all of it, to my way of thinking, are not the folks who should be calling the shots about the kind education, or any other important socioeconomic factor, to invest in. Has anyone in the history of Mankind ever found true self-fulfillment from worldly gains of any variety? Isn`t it clear--hasn`t it rung true in your heart-- that through simple, honest, natural acts of selflessness that seek the happiness others, one uncovers the eternal significance of life?

    Ron Greenstein // 2013-07-30 09:54:11 // //
  • @Ron Greenstein: very well said. What you touch upon is the main problem in a capitalistic society and the so-called American Dream which always promoted making much money. First all those Ego`s create great financial wealth and then they believe they can rule the world through their philantropy. Tell me something. I wanted to support a poor guy in Africa who had great plans for building an education center. I approached someone in my own country but NO WAY. I was not wealthy enough myself!! Mind YOU!! I had to come up with at least 10.000 Dollars and should also be able to visit the specific region in Africa regularly in order to see if the money was really spent in the correct way according to the Bobos. No way will philantrophist make a better world. It is as you say. Even a smile a day to a complete stranger can do wonders!

    heartphone // 2013-07-30 14:59:08 // //

 

 

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  • Why are so many of these comments degrading the very people who are willing to help? You all sound jealous & petty. I, for one, believe that if someone is donating 1/2 of their extraordinary wealth, & they`re spending a great amount of time to make sure it is used most effectively, they should be applauded. I don`t see A-rod or any Kardashian on that list. If you have a problem with how they choose to help, then be successful at something, amass great wealth, & donate as you see fit! Even better, donate whatever time & money you do have now. Every bit helps. Complaining doesn`t.

    confused // 2013-08-05 22:39:20 // //
  • Mine too! Wa Hooo!

    Kimaya // 2013-08-03 07:25:44 // //
  • When you visit that generosity network website, the first thing you need to do is to buy a book in which you probably will be told for the umptied time how things really work. Lol, before one dollar really gets to a person who is truly in need of it, lots first has to flow back to that couple by reading their book !

    heartphone // 2013-08-02 09:46:40 // //
  • Makes my heart sing !!!

    Sharon Weir // 2013-08-01 22:07:44 // //
  • Philanthropy, charity, etc are good to hear about. but in most cases, the recipients are undeserving. Some clever middlemen always manage to swindle a major portion of what is given away. It is important for people who want to do philanthropy to be absolutely clear about where their help is heading and whether it is serving any real purpose.In poor,underdeveloped and developing countries, such `doles` are mostly cornered by self-serving busybodies. These are also used in a big way for the purposes of religious conversion.

    Kishore // 2013-08-01 05:27:14 // //
  • It's true giving feels good but if we give to somebody the opportunity to give he will feel better and for that we need to receive. Namaste

    Espace Veda // 2013-08-01 00:24:25 // //
  • Hmm! Why is there such an imbalance of wealth? I have met people who given more than they get. 'believe happiness comes through giving - going against the conventional wisdom that teaches us that acquiring more is much more fulfilling. http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/02/22/giving-feels-better-than-receiving-even-when-you-are-poor/51853.html

    Sarojkumar B Tondwalkar // 2013-07-31 19:36:01 // //
  • Very nice!

    Vida Reina // 2013-07-31 18:58:41 // //
  • Only 3M ? :) it will not buy trip to ISS and back.:) Oh ok, its my dream after all, maybe you have others. :)

    Arkadiusz Lisiecki // 2013-07-31 18:18:32 // //
  • can I have £3,000,000.00 ? private message me

    Eileen Wilson // 2013-07-31 17:43:58 // //
  • Yes that`s the same as the Consciousness project of Deepak Chopra himself. First people have to invest money in it and then they have a say on how to spend it. Don`t know...... Seems tricky, like a poker game... Money has become tricky so many people who still have some, will not spend it unless they really know it is used in the way they believe it IS beneficial to society... Guess we all first need to become Conscious Customers!!

    heartphone // 2013-07-31 16:33:51 // //
  • https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=245650565569018&set=a.245649942235747.64549.243285242472217&type=1&theater

    Jesus Matthews // 2013-07-31 16:20:27 // //
  • Seriously ~

    Susan Swafford Taylor // 2013-07-31 15:55:31 // //
  • blessed be

    Christa De Leeuw van Weenen // 2013-07-31 15:19:16 // //
  • We are in the right track, but we should find ways to empower people first, so they collaborate with their own ideas and skills, that`s why we created Axperiment.com , a Global Collaboratory of Evolutive Brands, where anyone in the planet can help creating and empowering brands, and then 50% of the brand`s profits will go to community projects, financial statements will be accesible online and members will decide how to invest the profits. You can check more about it here: axperiment.com

    Franco Vargas Golac // 2013-07-31 13:50:17 // //
  • Love it...

    Piotr Karpik // 2013-07-31 13:38:17 // //
  • Well ... first want things ... are examples to follow ... Blessings ... quien da ...recibe...<3

    Irse Castil // 2013-07-31 12:37:16 // //
  • Michi for good understanding, sometimes angers show us that something is wrong,and need fixing and give fuel for first stage of change. Thanks for good wishes!

    Arkadiusz Lisiecki // 2013-07-31 10:16:11 // //
  • @Arkadiusz: As someone who knows your position all too well from personal experience, I don't agree with your conclusion, but I fully respect it. All the best!

    Michi Stanka // 2013-07-31 10:02:18 // //
  • Well they should! Are you kidding Deepak???

    Ronda K Lavold // 2013-07-31 09:57:17 // //
  • Michi, with all due respect, THEY pledge to give away then I reporting to gladly receive what they give. And trust me I am really nice loving and caring person but not when someone is bul**iting me. Being happy for them don't change really anything for me, well maybe a bit more endorphines in my brain, but still there will be mortgage to pay banksters and fighting with tax office for another scrap like with rabid dogs. All fluffy bunny Law of Attraction and writing a lot about love and light and unicorns things not make you rich person, well maybe if you write another book about it and some poor blokes buy in en masee. What really works in inspired acting, not just siting on your ass visualising your new Porshe before your shack. Just do something real to obtain it. Also sometimes rightfull anger externalised push you in right direction of change for better,sometimes angers show us that something is wrong and need to be fixed and good kick to do it.

    Arkadiusz Lisiecki // 2013-07-31 09:52:38 // //
  • <3 Deepak, thank you for sharing this!!!! <3<3<3

    Elecia Crumpton // 2013-07-31 09:52:36 // //
  • @Dan: And if they give "only" half, or only a fraction, away it doesn't? If you give away just 20,- (which might or might not be a lot to you) it's insignificant? Of course it isn't.

    Michi Stanka // 2013-07-31 08:52:55 // //
  • When they give it all away, then it will mean something....

    Dan Fitzsimmons // 2013-07-31 08:30:48 // //
  • @Arkadiusz: You write as if it was their obligation to give you what you "deserve". It is not. It is your obligation to draw to yourself what you feel strong about - which you are good at obviously. But maybe you should change that from envy and anger to feeling happy for them for what they already have and happy for yourself for what you'll soon have. If you allow it that is.

    Michi Stanka // 2013-07-31 08:02:57 // //
  • because it was never there's in the first place?

    Sonja Frick // 2013-07-31 07:17:55 // //
  • Guess what! Came upon this site: https://www.beupfront.com/deepak-chopra/ Had to laugh out loud. Instead of generously sharing his own experiences with others Deepak HERE asks for money to do it. LOL this is the REAL American way. Get your credit cards ready........

    heartphone // 2013-07-31 05:40:20 // //
  • Maybe its legit, but most of this money will be eaten by bureaucracy in between giver and receiver. Some years ago when Bill Gates announces he will give away money for various projects, I wrote email to his foundation. I got answer the they do not support individual projects. Its all truth about so called charity to feed bureaucratic leeches and "feel good because doing charity for people who spend more money for dinner I earn in a month" !!!! Yes I am frustrated and angry because have many dreams and ideas but no resources to make them real, when those people wasting them form whims! Sooo if its real thing let some bilioniarie wrote to me and offer for good start 20 million USD to me.

    WorldSeed // 2013-07-31 04:07:42 // //
  • Maybe its legit, but most of this money will be eaten by bureaucracy in between giver and receiver. Some years ago when Bill Gates announces he will give away money for various projects, I wrote email to his foundation. I got answer the they do not support individual projects. Its all truth about so called charity to feed bureaucratic leeches and "feel good because doing charity for people who spend more money for dinner I earn in a month" !!!! Yes I am frustrated and angry because have many dreams and ideas but no resources to make them real, when those people wasting them for whims! So, where are those nice Richie Riches who want to give me fraction of their fortune? Prove me you are real. I am here avaliable on FB for contact.

    Arkadiusz Lisiecki // 2013-07-31 04:01:29 // //
  • gifting the way to go

    Corinne Parry // 2013-07-31 03:31:32 // //
  • It definitely is one of many ways to channel energy & I'm sure the people who need that gift are blessed by it...

    Growing Health and Happiness // 2013-07-31 03:09:06 // //
  • i wonder how they made so much money, i think of sweatshops , raping the planet of resources , de-forestation , treading on workers rights. are they giving because of guilt ? or because they want to help their fellow man....lets hope its the latter xhugsx

    Jason Oddi // 2013-07-31 02:40:03 // //
  • How Awesome - I give what I can for now....I know when I reach millionaires I will be giving a lot more :) #loveit

    Katherinn Palacio // 2013-07-31 02:29:59 // //
  • I've been giving 10%, and I'm FAR from a billionaire. I'm not even a hundred thousandaire!

    Jacquelyn Meyers // 2013-07-31 01:56:01 // //
  • Nice. It is what God will

    Nancy Ximena // 2013-07-31 01:22:59 // //
  • Just wondering if Deepak ha also pledged to give half of his wealth away in his lifetime. And I mean do peeps need to wait to be a billionaire to do such a thing ?? What happened to the good heart of mankind??

    Leoj Selegna // 2013-07-31 00:45:22 // //
  • Namste!

    Claire Lodhi McKenzie // 2013-07-31 00:31:12 // //
  • Now that read many book about how to find happiness or peace of mind,or people that help you how to meditate,what used i have with that ,just to find some believe in God..but reality is another thing.Lost my job,my room and have to move with my sister and family.Don`t have a car to travel in search for another job.Can`t have any money from unemployment ..maybe i have to go to food stamp.And what about making a good living? For what we go to college? Or maybe were getting older they don`t need us no more...so were is the charity of all of this,just simple make believe on a fantasy world.Now what do i suppose to do? Whit not a job?...who care?

    Blue Moon // 2013-07-31 00:22:48 // //
  • Would love to see some help given to those who are showing initiative but need a hands up. Housing is in crisis proportion right now with those who are financially challenged, and many are just a paycheque away from homelessness. Poverty breeds crime, so one has to wonder what the answer is. I don't believe in handouts, but rather helping those that are having difficulty within the systems that are currently in place that aren't serving their needs. Having a warm and safe place to sleep, and be able to call home is an important part of a happy and healthy society. Just a thought.

    Debra 'Dee' Wells // 2013-07-31 00:12:51 // //
  • Needs + volunteers & generosity networks with enthusiam & gratitude & <3 = A :) better world

    Astrid Oliveras // 2013-07-30 23:49:10 // //
  • I will be in that group one day!

    Nan Mattimoe Nystrom // 2013-07-30 22:53:54 // //
  • PS Ill take some! (:

    Lynn Galla // 2013-07-30 22:31:21 // //
  • Jez Darren ..kinda negative..they don't have to give anything..what are you giving besides attitude?

    Lynn Galla // 2013-07-30 22:31:11 // //
  • I hope that the momentum builds so that we hit a tipping point where we find ourselves experiencing and witnessing a new normal where the 'haves' and the 'have nots' are no longer all that far apart!

    Daphne MacNeil // 2013-07-30 22:14:37 // //
  • "Just half" is giving away far more than you or I will ever give to people Darren. It's also a whole lot more than they are required to give which is absolutely nothing.

    Justin Heiple // 2013-07-30 21:30:55 // //
  • I hope a lot of it goes to the environment & climate change. We have to act before it's too late.

    Tim McMahon // 2013-07-30 21:13:17 // //
  • 1:1 nice work

    Renato Jabor // 2013-07-30 21:04:35 // //
  • Free acts of #kindness !

    Johann Gauthier // 2013-07-30 20:40:20 // //
  • I think it's possible to have enough...it doesn't have to be like sheets and towels.

    Kimberley A. Brooks // 2013-07-30 20:32:43 // //
  • http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/07/27/opinion/the-charitable-industrial-complex.html?_r=2&

    Roger Panetta // 2013-07-30 20:24:16 // //
  • Money may be the root of all evil...but everybody wants it...money is like socks and towels -- gotta have it, and you can never have enough...people always want more...

    Thomas Speak // 2013-07-30 20:14:53 // //
  • Glad to hear this...it's about time .. Thank you.Well, Buddha gave up his wealth and luxurious living in his palace, and lived a basic, simple life. ..... a car and the necessary money in the first place; all of this is left somewhat hazy.

    Leoj Selegna // 2013-07-30 20:12:18 // //
  • Ya, I heard that Warren Buffett is giving away most of his money...

    Thomas Speak // 2013-07-30 20:10:02 // //
  • yes i believe chopra,oprah walsh,williamson and wayne and the way that the universe teach us

    Alexander Berkel // 2013-07-30 20:03:13 // //
  • honor and bright

    Alexander Berkel // 2013-07-30 20:01:57 // //
  • i think you are kindness

    Alexander Berkel // 2013-07-30 20:01:44 // //
  • is it about money that you are filled with love? ore your experience of selfacceptance

    Alexander Berkel // 2013-07-30 20:01:26 // //
  • I got u!

    Wood Cassandra // 2013-07-30 20:01:00 // //
  • why they found peace simple as that they never changed they are still beautiful peace beautiful man

    Alexander Berkel // 2013-07-30 20:00:24 // //
  • Read Warren Buffet's son http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/27/opinion/the-charitable-industrial-complex.html?_r=2&

    Roger Panetta // 2013-07-30 19:58:14 // //
  • Do you actually believe them?

    Lucie Hurtubise // 2013-07-30 19:52:49 // //
  • Giving Back!!! Let's make this Planet a better Home...

    Vyktor Menendez // 2013-07-30 19:52:06 // //
  • Hopefully they'll contribute generously to much needed funding to research for cures to DIPG - child hood cancers that are taking so many young lives.

    Anne Korkidas // 2013-07-30 19:49:38 // //
  • Just spent an hour researching the Giving Pledge. It's legit! And fascinating, inspiring and uplifting. 100 of the 114 pledge takers are from the US. This says a lot about the country I call home, for as much as we do wrong, we also do a lot right! Thank You for sharing Deepak. It's important.

    Andrea Mathieu // 2013-07-30 19:45:23 // //
  • Errr great yeah but not exactly hard if you have billions as in more than one is it...?

    Becky Cooper // 2013-07-30 19:44:23 // //
  • Hopefully they will be reaching out to the truly needy and not corporations and undeserving...

    Lois Rae Haggard-Price // 2013-07-30 19:34:50 // //
  • We are ALL W U N despite the have's and havenots....

    Royston Marples // 2013-07-30 19:31:43 // //
  • Charity begins @ home, spread the wealth around this country. There plenty of need right here in USA

    Shirley Santanello // 2013-07-30 19:29:46 // //
  • I'm still waiting for my share :)!

    Andrea Olsen-Black // 2013-07-30 19:26:04 // //
  • I think there are so many people - personal people on a personal level - not just groups that could use the money to better the environment in which we live. I know that I as a single-parent disable mother, who cannot afford even the simplest of luxuries at times, have struggled all my life to get help and find little to none from anywhere. I think there are a lot more like me. I own my own home but lack the funds to keep up with expenses and damage due to unforseen circumstances and hardships that I posted on facebook about a problem I was having with my roof and a friend of mine saw it and had a roofing contractor come to my house and repair the roof which he paid for himself. I would have never asked a soul. But there are so many people just like me - trying just to make ends meet anyway they can. Easy to find - all you have to do is ask someone - I am sure they know someone who could use help like me. Drive around a neighborhood and look at the homes and pick some of them to help out. I am sure in every neighborhood in America there are a few homes that need financial help - but don`t ask for it.

    Aerocrazed // 2013-07-30 19:24:51 // //
  • Sounds great ...there`s a huge shift happening all over the world right now...with something like this coming to pass...change is inevitable to bring upon transformation in the lives of many...there`s a few projects I had in mind too where I was looking for funding. ..this would be perfect...Dear Deepak how cld we take this further...do let me know...mona

    mona hinduja // 2013-07-30 19:22:36 // //
  • awesome. !!

    Michael Alexander // 2013-07-30 19:19:15 // //
  • That is my definition of a hero...someone with the financial means who will reach out to others. Treating us all as one

    Joan Moylan // 2013-07-30 19:15:58 // //
  • i'll take some... please, and thank you...reiki blessings

    Raymond F Self // 2013-07-30 19:15:26 // //
  • Thank!!! ;-)

    Blanca Eva Mendoza Herrera // 2013-07-30 19:06:16 // //
  • just half ??? Thats right Jesus lives in a water front home with a butler lol - Good work dude for getting half back for the kingdom

    Darren Brown // 2013-07-30 19:06:14 // //
  • cool!

    Christine Krebs // 2013-07-30 19:03:55 // //
  • @Ron Greenstein: very well said. What you touch upon is the main problem in a capitalistic society and the so-called American Dream which always promoted making much money. First all those Ego`s create great financial wealth and then they believe they can rule the world through their philantropy. Tell me something. I wanted to support a poor guy in Africa who had great plans for building an education center. I approached someone in my own country but NO WAY. I was not wealthy enough myself!! Mind YOU!! I had to come up with at least 10.000 Dollars and should also be able to visit the specific region in Africa regularly in order to see if the money was really spent in the correct way according to the Bobos. No way will philantrophist make a better world. It is as you say. Even a smile a day to a complete stranger can do wonders!

    heartphone // 2013-07-30 14:59:08 // //
  • There comes a point, I suspect when people who are addicted to amassing huge amounts of money realize that there are diminishing returns of satisfaction from acquiring material possessions. A natural step in seeking self-fulfillment is to purchase the admiration of others through philanthropic activities, even though this admiration is primarily self-centered imagination. Those of the "one percent" who make the decisions on how the "pie" will be shared and can`t but believe they deserve nearly all of it, to my way of thinking, are not the folks who should be calling the shots about the kind education, or any other important socioeconomic factor, to invest in. Has anyone in the history of Mankind ever found true self-fulfillment from worldly gains of any variety? Isn`t it clear--hasn`t it rung true in your heart-- that through simple, honest, natural acts of selflessness that seek the happiness others, one uncovers the eternal significance of life?

    Ron Greenstein // 2013-07-30 09:54:11 // //