PHOTO ESSAY THE BIGGEST GIVERS OF 2004 >>
SPECIAL REPORT: PHILANTHROPY 2004
Bill and Melinda
Gates donated their
Corp. dividend --
about $3 billion
The Top Givers
In our annual rankings, normally generous philanthropists played "supersize me"
The 50 Most Generous Philanthropists (.pdf)
Online Extra: Seeking "an Impact of Scale"
Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank on making a difference with his philanthropy and the programs that he's most passionate about
Online Extra: Investing in the Greater Good
Philip and Donna Berber, founders of A Glimmer of Hope, see their charity not as a nonprofit but as a "social profit enterprise"
Online Extra: A Talk with Oprah Winfrey
The media mogul explains a key focus of her charity work: "Education is freedom. It provides the tools to affect one's own destiny"
Online Extra: African American Giving Comes of Age
The black community's large amount of philanthropy isn't new. But new wealth, education, and strategy are creating more impact
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Gifts
Some carry charity to surprising lengths
The eBay Way
The site's founder wanted to know how best to give. He asked, he listened. Here's what he learned
Online Extra: A Talk with Pierre Omidyar
"Long-term sustainable change" occurs by helping people to discover their own power, says the eBay founder of his philanthropic approach
The Corporate Givers
U.S. companies have discovered that global philanthropy can reap big dividends
Methodology: Figuring Out Which Companies Gave Most
Crunching the data to rank donors
Nov. 18 - BW's Bruce Nussbaum on new faces in philanthropy, and unique ways for the wealthy to contribute
According to Hasbro Chairman Alan Hassenfeld, donors want more than gala dinners -- they demand results (8/3/04)
McDonald's heiress Joan Kroc and Microsoft's Bill Gates both donated large sums recently -- but took rather different approaches (7/23/04)
The low-carb diet guru's widow, Veronica, says she's funding research in the hopes of validating his theories on nutrition (6/18/04)
Ruth Lilly is among today's supergivers, but her style is definitely retro (2/16/04)
Today's philanthropists aren't leaving the good works to future generations -- they're making their mark now (12/1/03)