This Article was written in November of 2015, after reviewing the many inaccurate and scam advisers who mislead the most desperate people about how to find Millionaires who give away money. The truth is that you are more likely to get support from your local charitable organizations than from any celebrity or wealthy donor for one simple reason: they are being constantly asked to give money to people who don’t need it or who are attempting to defraud them in one way or another (See Scams list from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).
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Understand Who the Millionaires Are Who Give Away Money and When and Why the Give Away Money
If you’ve fallen on hard times and you’ve read through our introduction to How to Ask Rich People for Help in 2016, then you’re halfway to an “asking” opportunity. What you’ve learned so far is to reduce your discomfort about your situation be understanding the great income inequity in the U.S. and you’ve prepared yourself with the 5 key steps in understanding how to plan out a request-for-assistance program for your family. This article will provide additional information on the top millionaires who help people in need and suggest community organizations that can provide additional assistance.
More Millionaires and Billionaires are agreeing to Give Half of their Fortunes Away
In an initiative, the Giving Pledge, led by Bill Gates @billgates and Warren Buffet, more than 120 millionaires and billionaires from all over the planet have agreed to donate half of their fortunes to worthy causes. Among the wealthy benefactors, according to a recent article are: Brad and Kim Keywell (Groupon), John and Karen Huntsman (Cancer Institute), George Lucas and Mellody Hobson (Lucas Films), and many others have signed letters of intent to grant their fortunes away. Read their actual letters at givingpledge.org.
Beware of Advice from Uninformed Advocates about Millionaires Who Give Away Money
If you are a person who is in serious need, please make sure that you get your information from an informed resource rather than an internet predator who is luring you to their page to simply sell advertising. The purpose of this article is to help you get the assistance you need without wasting your time chasing opportunities that are rare, unlikely or simply do not exist.
Most of the top ranking articles for how to request money from wealthy benefactors is irresponsibly inaccurate, and you will risk getting the help that your family needs by following their misleading advice. Before you go any further in this process please understand that the wealthy are equally inundated by fraudulent requests from scammers looking for a free handout. The volume of requests really prevents people with real needs from getting the help they really need. The first place to start before seeking out millionaires who help people in need is from your local community organizations. Many provide financial advice and support to pay bills and provide essential resources for food and medical resources. As a preventative measure, most millionaires and billionaires publicly discourage individuals from contacting them and if they do provide assistance to individuals, they do so in private.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is a good example of a generous organization that grants billions of dollars, but does not grant funds to individuals. Should you wish to review the Gates Foundation, you may reach out to them online or send them a letter directly at their main offices at: 500 Fifth Avenue North, Seattle WA 98109.
The Oprah Winfrey Foundation
Oprah is one of the most generous celebrities and wealthy benefactors of humanitarian causes. By 2012, her organizations had donated $400 million to educational causes and $40 million to her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa. Oprah also donates to humanitarian and environmental, and health causes. She founded the Angel Network in 1998, which has since been discontinued and now operates the Oprah Winfrey Foundation which provides assistance to worthy causes, worldwide. If you are trying to ask Oprah Winfrey for Help, please understand that her organization, like most organizations provides grants to nonprofit causes. You can find out more about how to contact her foundation and how to ask Oprah for money. Oprah’s greatest indirect benefit is by creating awareness and encouraging others do donate to organizations that help people directly instead of encouraging individuals to ask millionaires who help people.
Ellen Degeneres Does Help People Directly
Ellen is a successful and generous person who has leveraged the visibility of her television show to create positive stories about making a life changing different in the lives of individuals. You can Contact Ellen Online via a form on her television show’s website. Your information will be sent to her show’s producers and you may be asked to be interviewed on television. Again, though Ellen does provide assistance to individuals, your story must be compelling.
How to Start Getting the Help that You Need from Community organizations
First of all, the more specifically that you can define your needs, the greater chance that you will be able to find an organization that can help. If you are looking for money, you’re going to be out of luck; however, if you need assistance paying bills, clothes for school, specialized training, free dental care, cancer support, you just might be in luck. There are many organizations whose missions have been founded on providing a very narrow and specific set of needs.
Literacy is a Good Example of a Worthy Cause for Parents
If you are a parent who is struggling financially, it’s likely that your children are also struggling. The greatest gift that you can give them is to provide an education. An education can provide your child with opportunities that money can’t. An education opens doors for the poorest of children; not only to help themselves, but to help you and others as well.
The author, Nora Roberts, for example, gave $3 million to organizations (Forbes) that had literacy programs in 2012. Instead of looking for Millionaires who help people in need, start looking for organizations that can help your child read better. Look for organizations that will train you to use computer programs effectively. Look for organizations that provide medical and financial assistance to people who have been diagnosed with cancer and who are uninsured or under insured.
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This original content was created on 11/25/2015 by James K. Ybarra. James is a Personal Finance Contributor. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, additional training in family financial strategies, and has been an adviser and mentor on business accounting and personal savings topics for more than 20 years.