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Clay’s Wordle on the Giving Pledge

Clay Holtzman of the Puget Sound Business Journal decided to conduct a unique analysis aimed at determining what kind of causes are of most interest to those rich folks who have committed to The Giving Pledge.

So he did a Wordle (see below).

As Clay explained on his blog, there are lots of folks who would like to get some of this money the super-rich say they intend to give away.

The Giving Pledge, as you may recall, is a project promoted by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett aimed at increasing charitable donations by the very wealthy. And as you may also recall, it hasn’t gotten very many of the super-rich to step up — even though it’s pretty vague, unenforceable and may not even really be that good an idea (if the goal is about trying to make the world a better place).

But for those looking for support, it would still be good to know where these folks intend to donate their wealth.

So Clay took many of the letters of commitment written by donors describing their goals and interests and punched them into the word-analyzing software program known as Wordle to create this visual guide for fund-seekers:

Giving Pledge Wordle

Good luck figuring out how to make the pitch!


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.