For years, Bill Gates was content to concentrate on Microsoft and kept postponing his father's and wife's attempts to nudge him towards charity. What little he did contribute was solely in donating Microsoft technology, which many saw as a selfish way to add to Microsoft's dominance. But a few years ago he had a change of heart. At his wife's urging, he saw firsthand the horrors that continue to plague the developing world - problems that reach far deeper than computer literacy. So he and his wife started a foundation, one that instantly had more money than any charitable organization in history.
But more money would do little good in the hands of some charities, often infamous for their inefficiency. The key innovation here is their ability to run the Foundation using the private tech sector as an model - invest small amounts of money in many diverse technological innovations, and concentrate on the worst problems first, problems so basic that they affect everything else - health and education. So far, they've had incredible success.
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Click here to visit their foundation's web site. I can't think of a better organization to help fund. Not surprisingly, they have quite a nice site.
As an introduction, click here to read their letter on the site.