What Should a Billionaire Give-and What Should You?

Peter Singer

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This chapter looks at our obligations as individuals to the global poor. Criteria for determining who should give and how much should be given are developed. The chapter also looks at the motivation and giving practices of people such as Zell Kravinsky, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett to understand what motivates people to give. Despite the efforts of these large donors, global need far outweighs the current giving of both the government and individuals. This chapter offers a number of proposals for determining how much people should give. In the end, it proposes a tithe based on a sliding scale among the top 10% of earners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGiving Well
Subtitle of host publicationThe Ethics of Philanthropy
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199855872
ISBN (Print)9780199739073
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Giving
  • Global poor
  • Government
  • Individuals
  • International ethics
  • Motivations
  • Philanthropy
  • Tithe


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