'Giving Pledgers' Meet to Discuss Their Giving

'Giving Pledgers' Meet to Discuss Their Giving

Five dozen billionaires who have committed to give at least half their wealth to charity met at a resort in Arizona last week to compare notes on their giving, the Associated Press reports.

The meeting of sixty-one of the sixty-nine signers of the Giving Pledge launched last June by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates covered a broad range of topics. But its principle purpose, according to Jean Case, CEO of the family foundation she and her husband, America Online founder Steve Case, established in 1997, was to give those who have signed on the pledge a chance to meet and learn from each other.

And while the goals of the Giving Pledge campaign do not call for the pooling of resources, the first meeting of the group did include sessions in which the philanthropists present had the opportunity to talk about the causes they care deeply about. "Being able to share with other people who are agonizing about the same decisions is extraordinarily useful," said George Kaiser, chairman of BOK Financial Corp and founder of the Tulsa Community Foundation.

Donna Gordon Blankinship. "Billionaires Gather in Arizona to Discuss Giving." Associated Press 05/07/2011.