John Scalzi, a University of Chicago alum, wrote recently about a huge donation made to the University: $100 Million. The funds will be used for a remarkably good cause:

The money will be used to give full scholarships to about 800 lower-income students each academic year. The grants, called Odyssey Scholarships, will also pay partial tuition for another 400 of the 4,400 undergraduate students at the institution and fund a summer enrichment program for about 50 lower-income students before their first year of college.

This is the sort of thing I dream of doing. I wish everyone who made more than they need would feel as motivated to give some of it away as Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous have. Even giving only 5% out of the millions that some people have sitting in banks and stocks would tremendously change the lives of students, artists, single parents, the elderly. There are so many needy people, and too few who are willing to say “Let me help.”
Thanks to John for posting the article.

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  1. I think that we are, actually, starting to enter an era of rich philanthropists. They have always existed, sure, but it seems to be getting more common now. Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, has quit his job to attend to his charity foundation. Warren Buffett, the second richest man, has pledged to match Gates’ contributions.

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