Warren Buffett, whose net worth is estimated at over $40 billion, has pledged that his money will go to charity when he dies. But he’s also funneling millions to charity now—simply by selling a lunch meeting. In 2000, Buffett began the annual auction on eBay with the proceeds going to the Glide Foundation, an organization that serves meals to the needy and runs a church in a poor area of San Francisco.
So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. —Galatians 6:9
The first year’s winner got the lunch meeting with Buffett for $25,000. Over ten years later, the two-hour meeting has gone for over $2.6 million. The winner can bring up to seven people to dine with Buffett at the Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse in New York.
Since its inception, the event has brought in more than $20 million for Glide. The billionaire investor was introduced to the Reverend Cecil Williams, Glide’s founder, by his now deceased wife, Susan, who had volunteered for the charity.
“I was suspicious when I heard my wife raving about this place in San Francisco. What I witnessed was an institution and an individual that really gave up on anybody. They took the people that the rest of the world had forgotten, people who’d given up on themselves, and they felt that every human being had a potential.”
There are two types of investment in this world—finances and faith. Faith takes nothing physical to begin—just some time and energy with someone to reach out to. So, how does your “portfolio” look in that area? A wealth of love awaits you.
LOVING GOD, give me eyes to see and ears to hear those who I must pour my life into. May I trust You with the outcome as I give out my time, energy, and gifts.
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