21 Feb Giving back to society enriches us all
Warren Buffett, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
In a little more than a month, the three of us will be coming to India for Gates Foundation and Berkshire Hathaway business. But we’ve set aside time on the trip to sit down with some of India’s leading business leaders and philanthropists to learn more about philanthropy in India and to talk about our own enthusiasm for philanthropy and the impact it can have.
Not that India needs us to tell them. When we talk about standing on the shoulders of giants in the United States in the personages of Rockefeller and Carnegie, it’s important to note that eight years before Andrew Carnegie would establish the endowment that created the American university bearing his name, Jamsetji Tata established the JN Tata Endowment, which would lead to creation of the world-renowned Indian Institute of Science. Six years later, Tata would pledge half his wealth to philanthropy.