Test Your Geographic Knowledge and Donate Clean Water

Free Poverty is another click-for-charity site, with a twist: to win fresh water for impoverished nations, you have to identify where places are on a map of the world. There are several rounds, ranging from “Easy” (with places like Seattle, WA and London, UK) to “Medium” (Rabat, Morocco) to “Hard” (Angkor Wat, Cambodia) to “Super-Hard” (Sunshine Coast, Australia). Maybe higher; I only made it to “Super-Hard”, donating 302 cups of water in the process. The closer you get, the more they donate, with 10 cups for each perfect answer. [Continue reading]

More on CharityGate

Steven Bates, the Yellow Doggerel Democrat, writes a good reply to my arguments about Bill Gate’s philanthropic urges. He correctly identifies the core of my discomfort (or one of the cores–I may not be the best judge of the merits of my argument) and offers a good argument in defense of Gates’ charity. Ultimately, his reply rests on the question of how Gates’ philanthropy differs from the charitable giving of the rest of us. [Continue reading]

What’s Not to Love?

Jeanne D’Arc has a short post linking to an article on Salon about Bill Gates’ philanthropy. "My Microsoft-hating son will never forgive me for saying this," she writes, "but I love Bill Gates." The Salon article discusses Gates’ commitment to dispose of 95% of his massive $43 billion dollar personal wealth through charities involved in such issues as reproductive health and the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases in the Third World. [Continue reading]