With the money he gives to Gates, Buffett will join the ranks of American's greatest philanthropists. Whether he wants to be bothered by opinions, or the face of one in need, is his call. But let's be glad that there is also a culture of charity in the vast majority of giving in this country that works closely on the ground. We need the micro as well as the macro.
This article was first published by the Acton Institute and is reprinted with permission.
Karen Woods is Director of the Center for Effective Compassion, a part of the Michigan-based Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty that promotes models of private, voluntary charitable service. She also directs the Samaritan Awards, an annual recognition of the best charitable organizations in the United States that operate predominately with private funds.
An expert on welfare reform, Woods has paid close attention to the federal Faith-Based and Community Initiative in several official capacities. She has served as a research analyst for the State of Michigan's Family Independence Agency, and was executive director of the Empowerment Network, a national research and training organization for community groups and lawmakers.