What if the 1% gave 10%?

Imagine a world where the wealthiest 1% of the global population donates 10% of their income or 2.5% of their wealth to philanthropy. The "Longview Report" by TED speaker, Natalie Cargill and her team, presents this revolutionary idea, exploring how such an initiative could dramatically transform our world.

Here's a snapshot of the potential global impact of this ambitious philanthropic endeavour and a link to their full report here.

The Power of Philanthropy

Philanthropy has historically played a crucial role in addressing global challenges. From the Green Revolution to the eradication of diseases like polio, strategic giving has changed the course of history. Today, we face equally pressing issues, and the report suggests that bold philanthropy is more essential than ever.

A Game-Changing Proposal

The report calculates that the proposed level of giving would result in an extra $3.5 trillion annually for philanthropic endeavours, a staggering increase compared to current levels. This sum could achieve monumental feats, such as eradicating extreme poverty, preventing pandemics, advancing clean energy research, and much more.

Impact Areas: A Deeper Look

  1. Eradicating Extreme Poverty: With $258 billion, we could lift every person out of extreme poverty for a year, fundamentally changing lives and providing a pathway to sustained prosperity.
  2. Preventing Pandemics: A $297 billion investment could significantly reduce the risk of future pandemics, saving millions of lives and trillions in economic losses.
  3. Advancing Clean Energy: By investing $662 billion, we could double global spending on clean energy R&D, accelerating the transition to a greener future.
  4. Enhancing Global Security: Quadrupling spending on nuclear risk reduction and investing in AI safety can mitigate existential threats, fostering a safer world.

The Ripple Effect! The report not only outlines what could be achieved in one year but also delves into the lasting impact these efforts could have. For instance, lifting people out of poverty can spur long-term economic growth, and advancements in clean energy can permanently shift our reliance on fossil fuels.

The Longview Report is a clarion call for transformative philanthropy. It challenges us to envision a world where strategic giving at unprecedented levels can address the most pressing global issues, offering hope and a clear path to a better future.

If you are a foundation or philanthropist interested in bespoke philanthropic advice, email natalie.enquiries@longview.org.