Dear Partners and Visionaries
A little over a year after Bill Gates and Warren Buffett began hatching a plan over dinner to persuade America’s wealthiest people to give most of their fortunes to charity, more than three-dozen individuals and families have agreed to take part, campaign organizers announced Wednesday, August 4, 2010.
In addition to Buffett and Gates — America’s two wealthiest individuals, with a combined net worth of $90 billion, according to Forbes — 38 other billionaires have signed The Giving Pledge. They include New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, entertainment executive Barry Diller, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens, media mogul Ted Turner, David Rockefeller, film director George Lucas and investor Ronald Perelman.
“We’re off to a terrific start,” Buffett, co-founder and chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, said in a conference call also attended by Bloomberg and San Francisco hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer and his wife Kat Taylor, founder of OneCalifornia Bank. Steyer said: “We need to support each other. I look at this as replanting your garden so that future generations will have a full bounty of crops.”
The United States has roughly 400 billionaires — about 40 percent of the world’s total — with a combined net worth of $1.2 trillion, according to Forbes. If they all took the pledge, that would amount to at least $600 billion for charity.
The 40 names that have pledged to date have a combined net worth surpassing $230 billion, according to Forbes. Several of them have said they plan to give away much more than 50 percent of their wealth. Buffett has promised to donate more than 99 percent of his wealth.
In letters on the givingpledge.org website, the 40 billionaires explain what motivated them to follow in the footsteps of Gates and Buffett.
“I’m particularly thankful for my father’s advice to set goals so high that they can’t possibly be achieved during a lifetime and to give help where help is needed most,” CNN founder Ted Turner said. “That inspiration keeps me energized and eager to keep working hard every day on giving back and making the world a better place for generations to come.”
“My pledge is to the process; as long as I have the resources at my disposal, I will seek to raise the bar for future generations of students of all ages,” filmmaker George Lucas said. “I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education.”
The philanthropic billionaires are considering things far beyond their own families. They are thinking about all the people and families in the world as ONE. “Future generations”, “Making the world a better place for generations to come” are the words that we hear the most from them.
$600 billion is a powerful number. We believe it really could make meaningful changes and make the world a better place for our future generations. The Giving Pledge is specifically focused on billionaires “to give to charities or organizations. As supporters of Warren Buffet’s plan, our foundation is committed to giving, caring and sharing. We want to leave a mark of giving and sharing. In addition, we continue to promote world peace for future generations. The life we live should make it easier for the people after us. The Pearl Bible is the inspired word of God. It is good to find a charity and give of your time or financial assistance. …. The Bible says in Acts 20:35 “It is more blessed to give than to receive. Luke 6:38 tells us to “Give to others and God will give to you. 2 Corinthians 9:7 teaches us “For God loves a cheerful giver.” Generosity is one of the character traits of a righteous person. We work with very skilled Christian designers and advisors. The fine pearl referred to in the BIBLE Scriptures was mentioned more than 2000 years ago. This is why we selected to create our beautiful embellished Pearl Cross Bible. The Pearl Bible is not only of sacred spiritual significance, but, as pearls must grow in clean and pollution-free water, it is will also be a reminder to people to care for our survival environment. It is an initiative to protect our water resources and the climate. The proceeds raised by the Pearl Bible can contribute to charities and organizations in a significant way.
The BIBLE tells us, through Revelation 21:21” The twelve gates were pearls; each gate was made from a single pearl.” The Pearl is the only sacred treasure that is mentioned in all the important books of religion. All the religions give the pearl high honors and consider it God’s given treasure. The value of natural sweet water pearl is not something to which artificially cultured pearls (with nucleus beads inserted in them) can be compared. There are some biblical quotes referring to the beauty and inestimable value of pearls: “Also, the Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man is looking for fine pearls, and when he finds one that is unusually fine, he goes and sells everything he has, and buys that pearl.” (Matthew 13:45-46)
“So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. Sell what you have and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven have no holes in them. Your treasure will be safe – no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.” (Luke 12:32-34)
In the teachings of the Jewish Talmud, there is a particular passage, which says, “The secret of a happy family is to treat your wife like a valuable pearl.” While the Israelites did not ascribe holy powers to pearls, there is a rabbinic story that when Abraham was entering Egypt, he hid his wife, Sarah, in a chest because of her great beauty. At the border when challenged as to the contents of the chest, he said he would pay customs for clothes, gold, the finest silk, even for pearls. The customs officers could think of nothing of greater value than pearls. According to this tale, they demanded that Abraham open the chest. When he did, the land was “illumined with the luster of Sarah’s beauty.”
From the above extracts of the major religion classics, we can clearly see that all major religions mentioned pearl as the message of peace. We sincerely hope that we can use Pearl Bible as a medium to enhance the communication and understanding between various ethnic groups. Through the Pearl Bible, people can realize the real meaning and intention of religions and the similarities between all religions.
The Pearl Bible is not only of sacred spiritual significance, but, as pearls must grow in clean and pollution-free water, it is more of a reminder to people to care for our survival environment. It is an initiative to protect our water resources and the climate. The proceeds raised by the Pearl Bible can contribute to charities in a significant way. In terms of the accumulation of wealth on earth, at the moment of the separation of soul and body, everything disappears. The wealth on earth may no longer exist. All religions teach people that “Possession of real wealth is in heaven,” What is the wealth of the eternal heaven? According to many religions, the pearl is the answer.
We hope each of the 1.4 billion Christian followers in the world will own a Pearl Bible and more people, especially the younger generations will be attracted by the Pearl Bible and enlightened by the peace and love messages in it. Together we can make a difference, in many lives.
We welcome you to join us in the Pearl Bible Mission.
If you are a philanthropist, please contact us. We can work on Pearl Bible together in many ways. In addition, we would like to print your name on the Pearl Bibles for generations to remember.
If you are a Christian organization, please contact us. Let’s introduce Pearl Bible to your audience together and we would love to donate the raised money to your organization.
If you are a charity organization, please contact us. We would like to leverage the Pearl Bible to contribute to charity in a significant way.
If you are an influential website, please contact us. Internet would be the perfect platform to let young generations know about Pearl Bible and join the mission to contribute to the future.
If you are a big retail outlet, please contact us. Let’s bring Pearl Bible to the mass consumer market and raise money for good deeds.
If you are none of the above but interested in Pearl Bible Mission, please also feel free to contact us. We believe that the more people join us, the more opportunities we get to make the world a better place as ONE for the generations to come.
Dear Partners and Visionaries