Ted Turner: Philantropy 101

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How does a man decide to give away a billion dollars? At a recent Washington benefit gala for Refugees International, the privately funded relief organization, CNN founder and owner Ted Turner sat on a stage and revealed how he came to the aid of the United Nations. His short, revealing monologue — surely a classic in the annals of philanthropic decision making — is reproduced here, more or less verbatim: “I thought, what could I say [about the United Nations] that would really have an impact? Why don’t I give the United Nations a million dollars? I always thought a […]

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