According to statistics widely available, the three biggest individual donors to charity are:
Bill Gates (co-founder of Microsoft)
Warren Buffett (Investor and CEO - Berkshire Hathaway)
Ingvar Kamprad (founder of Ikea)
Nonetheless, misinformation from religious groups would have you believe the rich and powerful never give to charity -a fact as unjust as it is false. The old bible saying "Easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for the rich to get to heaven" is about as factual as the rest of the book itself.
Philanthropy, like moral values, have long since been hijacked by religion in the false pretence that only godliness motivates people to care for others.
In fact the opposite appears to be true. I have never heard of the Vatican wealth being used to feed the poor, heal the sick or offer assistance to refugees. I'm referring to the Vatican in this instance, not to the maverick priests who are generous and follow their own agenda.
Feel free to comment and correct me if I'm wrong. I won't hold my breath in anticipation.
Atheists and agnostics, such as the three men mentioned above, give not for divine compensation or for fear of divine retribution, but because they want to.
And that, in my view, is the only honourable way to give.
The worlds biggest charities are also secular -UNICEF, WHO and UNHCR. If you check any of the lists available, for example Wiki's , you will find religious institutions play only a minor role, despite their tremendous wealth.
|No surprise, I hear you say|
And the following picture describes what I believe in - the way I am - the way I chose to be. And it is just as easy without god as a false motivational factor.
...and one who is proud to have escaped society's indoctrination attempts.