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June 1, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Bill Gates should donate more to foundation now

This is in response to the article of “Bill Gates cuts back on gifts to foundation.” John Pinette, a spokesperson for Gates, provides not a very convincing case for cutting back billions to the foundation by Gates. His reason for cutting back is because of the challenges of distributing large amounts of money where it can be most effective.

Back in March 2007, when I was a chair of the Political Science Department at Bellevue College, I wrote to Gates to establish a prestigious scholarship in honor of his mother’s name where his billions could be “effectively” used to educate people around the globe.

According to Forbes, his net worth is around $78 billion. Bill Gates has vowed to donate 95 percent of his wealth at some later date to the foundation. Why not now when he could see his billions help humanity in the area of education and also as Melinda Gates described to fight “extreme poverty”?

Aslam Khan, Seattle

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