Ah, this isn't like my United Way contribution
I hadn't seen that statement, Chris, but that's very in character. My wife and I walked into the "showroom" of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation when we were in Seattle this summer. It's right near the foot of the Seattle Space Needle with the Chihuly glass gardens and museum nearby, a fun place to visit. The way the foundation is run represents giving on a global scale, such as financing vaccines to rid the world of a particular disease or giving impoverished people the means to help themselves. To do the former, you need to be active in many countries at the same time, bringing the right resources to bear. It's a case of wealthy individuals doing something that individual governments and possibly the UN cannot.