Pledge or Donate

Below our pledge, see a list of

groups of people with wealth

who are Doing Right Things

 

And below that, find our email invitation

 

  

You’ve heard about why we can’t wait and how we plan to act. 

We’re reaching out to wealthy individuals and households who are fortunate to have more than they need for themselves and for those they care about for the rest of their lives. And we’re inviting those who are well-off to join in. (Your commitment will be private for as long as you want.) 

Are you in — at any level? Let us know at info@activeallies.org

Here's our “soft  pledge”:

We Can't Wait!

  

We’re ready to have a real impact on our emergencies in democracy, climate, species extinction, injustice, racism and inequality.

  

To respond to urgent causes, advance essential solutions, and invest for a flourishing future, we will consider giving away a lot, to the bold and effective organizations we already support, at one of three levels:

   

  1. $1,000,000 in the coming year. 

  2. Or we will dig deep: $25,000 or more to the single organization we want to support most

  3. Or what we can spare — ideally ten times as much as we've ever given to that group.

 

Please let us know by writing to info@activeallies.org:

  

  • If you'd like to talk further about this opportunity.

  • Who is signing: individual or household?

  • At what level:  1. $1M  OR  2. $25,000 or more to one group  OR  3.  A single donation that’s 10x what you’ve given before.

  • What groups are you planning to support. (We’re coordinating with the Executive Directors or Development teams at the groups we list.)

  • Have you already donated? Let us know and we'll add you to our private tally!

  • Are you also interested in the co-founder/advisor/convenor roles listed at Help?

Organizations of high net wealth [not worth!] people working for change 

 

We don’t believe nations should allow anyone to be a billionaire.

Some wealthy people boast about how they promote change through their private philanthropy while at the same time they enable and perpetuate inequality, as Anand Giridharadas describes in Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World.

 

But many wealthy people are trying to promote change, including an end to inequality. Anyone considering this path can learn from and get reassurance that others are on similar paths.

They include (we welcome additions):

  

  

  • Equity for Impact: over 400 Airbnb founders, employees, alumni and investors have “locked in their intentions” to give over $50M; they’re an affiliate of Founders Pledge.

  

  • Founders Pledge: over 1,600 entrepreneurs from around the world have pledged to give over $4B after their IPO or other liquidity event. 

  • #HalfMyDaf: Holders of $140B in Donor Advised Funds pay out even less per year than the minimum 5% requirement for foundations; these entrepreneurs want DAF holders to give 50% this year, especially for climate & environment.

   

  • Oceans 5: this international funders’ collaborative dedicated to protecting the world’s five oceans grew from a group of philanthropists who started by donating $1M a year. 

   

  • Patriotic Millionaires; over 135 people with over $1M in income or $5M in assets publicly list their names as they campaign against inequality.

  

  • Resource Generation: over 1200 young people in a multiracial community raising over $100M in commitments to social justice movements. 

   

  • Solidaire: a community of donor organizers with regional hubs.

   

   

  • Women Moving Millions: 340 members in 16 countries have each contributed $1M or more for gender equity.

Copy and paste this into an email to tell people about We Can't Wait:

Our "We Can’t Wait to Give Away A Lot" campaign is gaining momentum!

We’re reaching out to wealthy individuals and households who are fortunate to have more than they need for themselves and for those they care about for the rest of their lives. And we’re inviting those who are well-off to join in. 

 

We hope to be able to announce a first tally of pledgers soon. (If you join, your commitments will be private for as long as you want.) 

 

Here's our “soft pledge”, also at our We Can’t Wait Pledge/Donate page:

 

We Can’t Wait!

  

We’re ready to have a real impact on our emergencies in democracy, climate, species extinction, injustice, racism and inequality.

  

To respond to urgent causes, advance essential solutions, and invest for a flourishing future, we will consider giving away a lot, to the bold and effective organizations we already support, at one of three levels: 

  

  1. $1,000,000 in the coming year. 

  2. Or we will dig deep: $25,000 to the single organization we want to support most

  3. Or what we can spare — ideally ten times as much as we've ever given to that group.

 

Already, WeCantWait.World includes a video telling our story, and ringing endorsements:

 

BILL MCKIBBEN: “We've got no time to waste--so it's very good news that the wealthy, the affluent, and even just the comfortable are digging deeper to give of their time and resources. The earth has left its comfort zone; we need to get a little ways out of ours. We Can’t Wait!” — Third Act Founder Bill McKibben and Managing Director Vanessa Arcara

MARGARET KLEIN SALAMON: "The Climate Emergency challenges us to self-assess in a new way. What can I do to protect humanity and the living world? Where can I have the greatest impact? For those with financial resources, strategic giving is critical. The climate can't wait, so neither should philanthropy. We are excited and honored to be working with We Can't Wait to Give Away a Lot!” — The Climate Emergency fund Executive Director Margaret Klein Salamon 

 

We’re talking with advisors, potential convenors, and pledgers at all points along the wealth spectrum. They, as well as the leaders and development teams at the organizations we support love our approach. People who’ve been fundraising for decades agree it’s not inconceivable that we can get lots of people to join us!  

 

Are you on board? Join us — at any level. 

 

We think this can leverage all you’re already doing! We hope to hear back from you, ideally this month.