The Top 25 Millionaires & Billionaires That Are Using Their Money To...

The Top 25 Millionaires & Billionaires That Are Using Their Money To Save The World

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Millionaires and Billionaires Giving Money Away

When you think of the word “Philanthropist“, people such as Bill & Melinda Gates, Warren Buffett & Oprah Winfrey may come to mind. These are just a few of the many super rich that have devoted their lives to changing the world for the better through the riches and Success they have made over their lives. Read on to see the list of the Top 25 Richest Millionaires & Billionaires giving away their money to make this world a better place.

 

Billionaires Giving Away Money

 

#25 Lee and Jane Seidman

#25 Lee and Jane Seidman

Amount donated in 2010: $42  million

Net worth: Not available

Beneficiary: University Hospitals in  Cleveland

Background: Seidman is the retired founder and president of  the Motorcars Group, a Cleveland-based conglomerate of car dealerships. He  pledged in 2010 to  give away 90% of his wealth before the end of the  year.

 

#24 Larry Ellison

#24 Larry Ellison

Amount donated in 2010: $45.1  million

Net worth: $39.5 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiary: Ellison Medical  Foundation

Background: Ellison, the founder of Oracle, started his  foundation in 1997 for biomedical research.

 

#23 Bennett S. LeBow

#23 Bennett S. LeBow

Amount donated in 2010: $49  million

Net worth: Not available

Beneficiary: Drexel  University

Background: LeBow is the chairman and CEO of Borders and  chairman of the Vector Group, a holding company for manufacturers of cigarettes.  He’s a graduate of Drexel and the university’s business school bears his  name.

 

#19 (tie) P. Roy and Diana Vagelos

#19 (tie) P. Roy and Diana Vagelos

Amount donated in 2010: $50  million

Net worth: $535 million (via the National  Herald)

Beneficiary: Columbia University Medical  Center

Background: Dr. Vagelos is the former CEO and chairman of  pharmaceutical giant Merck. He’s an alumnus of the medical school associated  with the hospital.

 

#19 (tie) Paul Ichiro Terasaki

#19 (tie) Paul Ichiro Terasaki

Amount  donated in 2010: $50 million

Net worth: Not available

Beneficiary: University of California at  Los Angeles

Background: Dr. Terasaki is a pioneer  in the field of organ transplant medicine. In 1946 he developed the test  that became the international standard method for tissue typing. He conducted  his research in the university’s  laboratories.

 

#19 (tie) Ming Hsieh

#19 (tie) Ming Hsieh

Amount donated in  2010: $50 million

Net worth: $1.6 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiary: University of Southern  California

Background: Hsieh founded AMAX Information Technologies, a  computer server and storage systems maker, and Cogent, which develops automated  fingerprint-identification systems. He’s a graduate  of the school, as well as a trustee.

 

#19 (tie) Ned Evans

#19 (tie) Ned Evans

Amount  donated in 2010: $50 million

Net worth: $6.5 billion (via Boston  Magazine)

Beneficiary: Yale  University

Background: Evans, who passed away last year, was a private  investor and the chairman of publishing company Macmillan from 1979 to 1989. He  was also a well-known horse breeder, as well as an alumnus of  Yale.

 

#18 Charles E. Kaufman

#18 Charles E. Kaufman

Amount donated in 2010: $53.3 million (estimated bequest)

Net worth: Not available

Beneficiaries: The Pittsburgh Foundation and other  charities

Background: Kaufman, who passed away last year, was an  investor and the former director of purchasing at pharmaceutical company Merck.  His gift will support research in biology, chemistry, and  physics

 

#17 Bill and Karen Ackman

#17 Bill and Karen Ackman

Amount  donated in 2010: $59.3 million

Net worth: $700 million (via Forbes)

Beneficiary: Pershing Square  Foundation

Background: Ackman is the founder of New York-based hedge  fund Pershing Square Capital Management. Along with his wife, he created  the Pershing Square Foundation in 2006 to support education, human rights,  social entrepreneurship, and other causes.

 

#16 Pierre and Pam Omidyar

#16 Pierre and Pam Omidyar

Amount  donated in 2010: $61.5 million

Net worth: $6.2 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiaries: HopeLab, Humanity United, Omidyar Network,  and the Ulupono Initiative

Background: Omidyar is the founder of eBay. His wife is the  chairwoman of HopeLab, a  nonprofit that develops technology to benefit chronically ill  children.

 

#15 Henry C. Jr. and Jane Woods

#15 Henry C. Jr. and Jane Woods

Amount donated in 2010:$67  million (bequest)

Net worth: Not available

Beneficiaries: Lawrenceville School and North Shore Country  Day School

Background: Woods is the heir to the Sahara Coal Company  fortune. The bulk of last year’s donation went to the Lawrenceville School, a  private school in New Jersey from  which he graduated and where he was a longtime teacher and chair of the  English department.

 

#14 David and Patricia Atkinson

#14 David and Patricia Atkinson

Amount donated in 2010: $80  million

Net worth: Not available

Beneficiary: Cornell University

Background: Atkinson is a former partner of Miller, Anderson & Sherrerd, a money management firm. He now runs Atkinson & Company, a  private investment business he owns with his wife. Their gift went  towards a research center focusing on energy, sustainability and the  environment.

 

#13 Juanita Kious Waugh

#13 	Juanita Kious Waugh

Amount donated in 2010: $83.7 million  (estimated bequest)

Net worth: Not available

Beneficiaries: The Mayo Clinic, Saint  Joseph’s College in Indiana

Background: Waugh, who passed away last year, managed her  family’s farms and was the heir to part of their cattle, farming and banking  fortune. She and her parents had  been patients of the Mayo Clinic.

 

#12 Terrence and Kim Pegula

#12 Terrence and Kim Pegula

Amount donated in 2010: $88  million

Net worth: $3.1 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiary: Pennsylvania State  University

Background: Pegula founded East Resources, an oil and gas  exploration and development company, which he sold to Royal Dutch Shell in 2010  for $4.7 billion. The donation from Pegula, an alumnus, will go towards the  university’s hockey program.

 

#10 (tie) Mark Zuckerberg

#10 (tie) Mark Zuckerberg

Amount donated in 2010: $100  million

Net worth: $17.5 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiary: Startup:  Education

Background: Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, made a huge  donation to his own foundation, which will support programs that benefit the  school system in Newark, N.J. The sum will be paid out over five  years.

 

#10 (tie) Marc and Lynne Benioff

#10 (tie) Marc and Lynne Benioff

Amount donated in  2010: $100 million

Net worth: $1.9 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiary: University of California at  San Francisco Children’s Hospital

Background: Benioff is the founder of Salesforce.com. His  daughter was born at the hospital, and he is a member of its  board.

 

#9 Meyer and Renee Luskin

#9 Meyer and Renee Luskin

Amount  donated in 2010: $100.5 million

Net worth: Not available

Beneficiary: University of California at  Los Angeles

Background: Luskin is the chairman of Scope Industries, a  major maker of animal feed. He is a graduate of UCLA and the  couple’s gift will go towards a variety of academic  programs.

 

#8 T. Boone Pickens

#8 T. Boone Pickens

Amount  donated in 2010: $101 million

Net worth: $1.45 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiaries: Oklahoma State University and other  charities

Background: The founder of oil company Mesa Petroleum and  energy investment firm BP Capital, Pickens is a graduate of OSU. His donation  will endow need-based scholarships for  students.

 

#7 Frances Lasker Brody

#7 Frances Lasker Brody

Amount  donated in 2010: $110 million (estimated bequest)

Net worth: Not available

Beneficiary:The Huntington Library, Art  Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Background: Brody, who passed away in 2009, was the heir to  both the fortune of her father, an advertising pioneer, and her husband Sidney  Brody, a real estate magnate. She was a member of the library’s board of  overseers, and her donation was largely funded by the sale of her vast art  collection.

 

#6 Leonard Blavatnik

#6 Leonard Blavatnik

Amount  donated in 2010: $117.2 million

Net worth: $9.5 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiary: University of  Oxford

Background: Blavatnik is the founder of Access Industries, a  major holding company. He did not attend Oxford, but decided  the university was the right choice after learning that it wanted to create  a school dedicated to “improving government and public-policy practices  globally.”

 

#5 Edythe and Eli Broad

#5 Edythe and Eli Broad

Amount  donated in 2010: $118.3 million

Net worth: $6.3 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiary: Broad  Foundations

Background: Broad is the founder and chairman of homebuilder  KB Home Corporation and financial services company SunAmerica. The couple’s  foundation supports civic programs, contemporary art museums, education, and  medical and scientific research. Broad  is also funding a new art museum in Los  Angeles.

 

#4 Irwin and Joan Jacobs

#4 Irwin and Joan Jacobs

Amount donated in 2010:  $119.5 million

Net worth: $1.15 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiaries: University of California at San Diego Health  System, Joan and Irwin Jacobs Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of San  Diego

Background: Jacobs is a co-founder of Qualcomm, the wireless  communications company. The bulk of their donation went to the UCSD health  system, which is building  a new medical center to be named after the  couple.

 

#3 T. Denny Sanford

#3 T. Denny Sanford

Amount donated in 2010: $162.5  million

Net worth: $600 million (via The  Daily)

Beneficiaries: Sanford Health Foundation, Sanford-Burnham  Medical Research Institute and the Florida Hospital for  Children

Background: The noted philanthropist is chairman of United  National Corporation, a banking business in South Dakota. His most  recent gift to his foundation will establish a national institute for  research and treatment of breast cancer.

 

#2 Michael R. Bloomberg

#2 Michael R. Bloomberg

Amount  donated in 2010: $279.2 million

Net worth: $19.5 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiaries: Arts, human services, public affairs, and  other groups

Background: The founder of Bloomberg LP and Mayor of New  York city gave to 970 different nonprofit groups in 2010. Since 2004, the first  year the Philanthropy list was published,  he has given away well over $100 million  annually.

 

#1 George Soros

#1 George Soros

Amount donated in 2010: $332  million

Net worth: $22 billion (via Forbes)

Beneficiary: Open Society  Foundations

Background: Soros is a financier and the chair of Soros Fund  Management, which manages hedge funds. He’s also the founder of Open Society  Foundations, which supports human rights organizations and democratic  institutions.

 

Source: Chronicle of Philanthropy

314 COMMENTS

  1. STROKE VICTIM i have worked all my life, 5 months ago i had a stroke, it left me with no use down my right side, we went to CAB where they put us on a debt relief order, as bills kept mounting up, we have borrowed from friends and family, we are not asking for a hand out but some help, till we can get our pip coming through, i am getting use back in my arm, leg, even walking again, i cant get out as i cant even afford a mobilty scooter, we are asking for help with a £4000 loan, we can pay £100 a month back, more when pip comes through, pip is a disability living allowance.,thank you for reading this, Merry Christmas to everyone,

  2. Hi. I too am a struggling single parent of three. I have two jobs and at the end of each month there is nothing to show for it. All the money I make goes directly to bills. More often than not I have to figure out what bill will have to wait. I day dream of having a beautiful home that is all mine. What I do not have I am equally blessed with what I do have: amazing kids, food in our bellies, friends, and of course my day dreams. I am not actually on here to ask for money but to say ” If this is actually a legitimate source and people with plenty have given to those in need, Thank you.” I hope all those struggling like me can find peace and be financially sound swiftly.

  3. It sounds like it’s not just me out there having financial problems and it’s sad because as single parents we do everything we can to provide for our children, taking on three jobs as well as going to school to try and do so. I am at the bottom of the barrel as well and I do not know where else to turn. I am desperate for some help otherwise I wouldn’t be on a site like this. I am praying someone can come through and help my children and I. I am currently in school as well as working at my school and I just had a daughter who is now 2 months old and a 2 year old son. My electricity is soon to be shut off and I have many medical bills in collections due to my ex severely hurting me while I was pregnant in 2012. Going through both of my pregnancies alone was very sad and heartbreaking and I am working on starting a Non-profit organization for women who are alone during pregnancy. That is my goal is to help women out. All I would need to get on my feet is about 5,000 to pay off my medical bills and save my electricity, someone please help me.

    Thank you
    Tabitha

    • There are many ways of getting help…..Go to your local county welfare office and they can help you with whatever you need, Also ask for help with your utilities and medical bills, I am sure that this will help or
      they can send you to someone that can help……This is just a suggestion.

  4. Hi :) ! My name is Kadia! I’m a single mom of 3 small children with no help from their dad.! All I need is money to buy a home to live with my kids ! Its very difficult to be a young single mom, and to pay rent is very difficult for me now! Please I really need youro help , because I don’t want to be homeless and my kids!!!!!!!!

  5. I am badly in need of $50,000 USD to save me and my family from emergency financial loss .I will do anything to repay it.But at present If I don’t get that I will de finished.Please help me out friends

  6. I can’t speak or write well in English. I can’t but write to you. I am from Bangladesh. I ride rickshaw for living.I live from hand to mouth. Few days back there was an accident at Mirpur road in Dhaka city. My rickshaw was hit by a bus and damaged badly. There is no one to help me. Now-a -days i am starving. I need at least $1000 to buy a rickshaw to continue my life.. Please help me.

  7. I have a private company and i want some private millioner to help me keep my business alive, because i have no funds to start my private busines.
    my business is on building construction and civil works so please I Need some one to help finance this company to grow
    thanks
    kurrei wekmara

  8. Hi,
    My name is Kathy and I never thought I would be asking a stranger for help, But I have found myself in a hard spot that I cant seem to get myself out of. Let me give you just a little info about myself, I got married in Aug, 2007 to a very Wonderful Man, we were doing wonderful before we got married he had a Trucking Company his dad got him started out with after having a bad car accident in 2004, We kept the Trucking Business going after we got married in 2007.
    In Feb,2008 my Father-in-Law past away, He had left My Husband an Inheritance after the death of his father his family fell apart because the other Brothers started fighting over Antiques and other thing that was suppose to be slip. It got so bad we sold everything we had, and we went on our own. We took our personals and went on the Truck together Drove around State to State making money Hauling Produce, we had no Children so we could do this. Then things got really good for us again My Husband got a good offer Driving for the US Mail Making About 8000.00 Monthly. We went and saw a lot I never thought I would never se or do. We came in to see “My Children from a previous Marriage Son 35 at the time and a Daughter 33. My Daughter had My only Grandchild at that time. We were on the road for about two Years when I came to visit my Daughter and found out she needed to get out from where she was Living in abuse and Alcohol. So my Husband an I agreed to come home and find a place so My Daughter and Granddaughter would have a place to go.
    We found a place in the Town of Grottoes next to the School My Granddaughter was Attending. After we had done this and signed a Year long Lease on a rental home My Daughter decided she wasn’t going to do this.
    So now I am here with a house I didn’t need, At least that’s what I thought! After being here for a few month I found out some news I didn’t need to here, She was pulled over for Drinking and Driving, and had my 9 Year old Granddaughter with her. I was Terrified, Disappointed, Scared to Death, didn’t know what was going to happen. I got Full Custody of Granddaughter in June 2011 everything was going so Great, In 2012 we got news that the US Mail job we had Hauling Mail was Terminated, We had no idea what was going to happen then, Raising a Granddaughter and losing about 8000.00 a Month, Well we had to go out a but a Trailer of our own we had the Truck but not a Trailer, That was a 12000.00 Dollar hit we didn’t need because we didn’t know how our earnings where going to work out. My husband is very good when it comes to the Trucking Business, and found the solution to the Problem. We were back up and doing well then in December 5th 2012 I was Diagnosed the Breast Cancer, My Husband stayed Home with me for a couple of weeks till I can do a little on my own with help from My Granddaughter and our wonderful Neighbors, LOVE THEM for all they done to HELP ME! So My Husband could get back to work he wanted to stay by we had to do what we had to do. We thought we had enough happen to us now but know there came “SOMETHING ELSE” at the beginning of 2013 my Husbands Diabetes showed back up after years of staying Dormant, This time we where on our way to the bottom, I wasn’t working yet because of My cancer, and now my Husband was taken off Truck by his Doctor and no Money coming in at all at this point. Now its 2014 and we are in so deep with what we have going on, and we did not leave beyond our means we were simple living people. We have a couple of ‘credit cards’ like anyone does ‘Hospital bills’ like I know everyone does ‘House payment or Rent’ But there is one good thing I guess, We have no ‘Vehicle payments’. But we are far enough Behind that we lost our ‘Cable Service’ our Electric, Phone and our Rent. Now I know that doesn’t sound like much to a lot of people out there but it means a lot to me because I got custody of my Granddaughter two years ago and don’t want to lose her she is doing so good in School A B Honor Roll Student and I don’t want what we are going though upset that again in her life 5,000.00 to 10,000.00 Dollars would put us on the right Track. “PLEASE” if you are out there and willing to help me it would be such a big GIFT for me and my family.
    PLEASE
    Thank you
    From Grandmother in need of HELP

  9. Hi. I’M NOT HAVING ALL YHE TROUBLES THESE OTHERS ARE HAVING. IF I HAD THE MEANS I’D HELP OUT ALL OF THEM….I NEED TEETH. I AM HEALTHY OTHERWISE. I WANT TO KEEP WORKING BUT WON’T GET ANY NEW CLIENTS LOOKING THE WAY I DO NOW. I HAVE 1 CLIENT 1 × EVERY 2MONTHS. I HAVE MY EARLY SS, AND RENT A ROOM SO MOST OF THAT GOES FOR MY RENT AND FOOD…NOT ABLE TO SAVE FOR TEETH ON WHAT I MAKE. ONLY HAVE 8 LEFT SO EATING RIGHT IS RATHER DIFFICULT. NEED TEETH….WILL COST 7-$10.000. HOPE THIS PLEA REACHES SOMEONE’S EAR. JUST WANT TEETH, CYNTHIA FROM CA

  10. I really wish and Pray. And I ask GOD to somehow ,Help Our family.
    Our home we haven troubble payen our bill. Now owe 1,846.00 Soon another 535.00 payment be added on. People take pics of our home. Not much. its home to Us. And my granddaughter of 4 years old. my daughter who a single mom of 30. lives with us. our son 29 who has probblems, hides in his room. My husband of 31 years. Leared he has a heart probblem. Damaged on left side. and block, He got back pain. And 2 kindneys failing,,, he still works. dont make enough all bills, elec is high, food gas. Car fallen apart, Wish and pray that someone could help make life little less stress full… easy his mind, his chest ease his worries, He 50 he so ill. im a nervous reck,, christmas time, Worry about our home, him dyeing on me, Its been hard, i cant work. illness myself,,,

  11. I have now come to the bottom of my financial life and the next step will be moving onto the streets, I really need financial help for me and my wife who have under gone huge financial woes for the past 24 years and we have lost everything due to my mothers sickness and her eventual death. I am asking for help to get us back on our feet again so we too can enjoy a life without worry, we both filled for sequestration and have no way to secure any funds for the next 5 years. I don’t know what to do as a man as there are very few jobs here in Africa and even though qualified with a trade its difficult without a vehicle, please find it in your heart to help us, thank you .

  12. My name is Nina…..Thank you for taking the time to read my letter because by reading my letter you may be able to save my life because it is my last hope.

    My situation is: There is a sad and horrifying growing trend within the Vienamese communities that married Vietnamese men living in the USA goes back to Vietnam to find a much younger and prettier lady or girl for their potential new wife. Once the man found his new younger wife, he then go back to the USA to divorced his old wife in order to be able to bring his new younger wife back to the USA as a replacement for his old wife. I am of no exception, my husband of almost 16 years went back to Vietnam and brought back a 19 years old girl to replaced me as his new wife. The pain of being thrown away is so horrifying because I have sacrificed a lot for this man. I met my ex husband when he has only been living in the USA for two years from Vietnam. Therefore, I sacrifice taking the bus to work for 6 years to help my ex-husband to go to college and finish his computer science degree. Despite all of my sacrifices to help him to get to where he is right now as an educated man with a Computer Science degree instead of a no-body, he repaid me with a broken heart so horrific that the thought of dying is my only way out of my pain. My ex-husband not only throw me away but before he left he carefully put together a scheming plan to liquidate all of our assets and put all into his name to leave me with nothing. Between the two of us, I make more money than him but in our Asian culture, the man of the house makes all of the financial decision in the house so during our marriage I barely know anything of our financial situation. First, my ex-husband liquidated all of our assets and put the money into his sister bank account. Second, he completely trashed our house so that I cannot sell it and I end up having to let him take the house because the housing market crashed during our divorce and there was no equity left in the house to divide up anyway. Since my income was higher than my ex-husband, I put more money into the principal of the house and it does feel so painful now that he own the house instead of me. Third, he forces me out of our home and I end up having to rent a small room to live with a friend. In despair, loneliness and depression with suicidal tendency, I was not able to function normally to continue working at my high level job. I lost my home, lost my ability to work, lost most of my money for all the years of my hard work and lost my sanity… where I now have end up living on disability. Sadly, I went from a professional career woman making a 6 figures annual income anywhere from $100,000 to $180,000 a year base + commission down to a manic depressive woman living on disability all due to my ex-husband cruel act.

    Upon your request I can immediately send to you by mail or email numerous facts and proof of what my ex-husband have done to me as described above that are all totally true (because I want to make sure that you are the only one getting these confidential and private facts and proof so that they don’t fall into the wrong hand). After reading all of these facts and proof, please in your heart you know that I don’t truly deserve what has happened to me. Therefore, I would be so grateful if you could provide me with financial assistance to replace some of the lost that my ex-husband have stolen from me? By getting back some of my lost which was rightfully mine from the beginning, some of my heart ache pains can be lifted to help me to get out of my manic depression state that often contributes to my suicidal tendency causing me to be in and out of the hospital many times to prevent the taking of my own life. Your generosity would make such a difference in my life because it will make it possible for me to move away from the utmost expensive city to a new cheaper city so that I can get back on my feet to be able to take care of myself once I grow old. Moving out of CA will provide a financial relief to myself because living in the Silicon Valley is just way too expensive for someone living on disability. Also moving away will psychologically help me to not be so overwhelmed from the memories of what my ex-husband have done to me because now I don’t have to live in the same city as his.

    I do hope that you will respond to me soon. I understand that you may receive many letters asking for financial help, but for other their will to live is still there intact even if they have to live with their own dilemma such as sickness, hardship or financial loss…but for me having to take so many medications just to be stabilize mentally because I cannot deal with all of the loss that has happened in my life, the will to live inside of me has wan down to almost nothing now. Therefore, by having the financial mean to move away from all of my ex-husband memories .. and also by getting back some financial lost or most of what I have lost unfairly, both can be able to somehow psychologically help me to continue to go on living and as my last hope to kill off some of the pains inside of my heart.

    Thank you so much for your time and consideration in this matter and I truly hope to hear from you very soon.

    Sincerely,
    Nina

  13. I’m sick I have the virus hiv. I’m asking for a donation. I need the equipment Bob Beck protocol. I cannot afford the item. Please help I want to better my health, I want to live a little longer.contact p.o box 122904 San Diego, California 92112

  14. My name is Samuel Odwar, a social worker with vision that one day all persons with mental disabilities will leave streets and start to do something great by themselves. am here in Sristi Village Foundation, Pondicherry, Tamilnadu, india for internship, being posted by kanthari, Kerela, India. I have seen the amazing work done by Sristi village in empowering the intellectually disabled persons to see value in their lives, they are running their own farm with permaculture rather than moving on streets. this home need support of a vehicle since they bought a 9 acres land 6 kilometers away from their village and imagine people with mental disabilities walking all long distances . Any assistance given to Sristi Village to help us make a different in the life of persons with intellectual disabilities shall be appreciated by all the communities we work for.
    We request for any kind of Vehicle that can help us keep moving with everyday activities.
    Sincerely,

    Samuel

  15. Need financial help for my 2 yrs old cousin who’s suffering by birth…her father doesn’t have a fixed income…runs a chicken shop which gives him not enough money to buy 2 meals of a day for his big family of 6 members…This 2 yrs. Old poor girl has some health issues by birth. .which can’t b completely cured due to no income. ..please please help us financially. ….

    • Thank you very much sir/madam for giving me your time. Am coming from a Christine background i also like helping God’s people around the world but lack financial means can you use me to changing lives somewhere? We need a nice church house in our community. please help us. Thank you for accepting our suggestion.Where there is no vision the people perish.
      Naphtali Ngwa.

      • Jacqueline
        I am not one of the millionaires but this is my humble advice to you.
        The Person you need is Jesus Christ. He came to earth as a man more than 2000 years ago to expressly deliver us from sin and the effects of sin. Like you rightly pointed out money is not the answer to all your problems. Of course it takes care of certain needs but that basic need of heart peace and contentment and joy no matter what can only be found in Him. Drugs, alcohol, excesses of any kind and the like bring nothing but sorrow in the end. Jesus came to take away your guilt, your shame, your mistakes and give you a brand new clean life that is not only for this time on earth but for all eternity.
        If you pray to God to receive Jesus into your heart as the Saviour who took your place on the cross and died and rose again to give you new life, He will answer and turn your life around for you. He will do this because He loves you very very much. Read the book of John chapter 3 verse 16. He is waiting patiently for you to turn to Him and ask His forgiveness.
        To continue to follow Him you need to read his Word daily and ask Him to lead you into His will.
        May God richly bless you and comfort you as you put your trust in Him.

  16. well I typed in millionaires giving away money in a search engine though didnt expect to actually find this. Nevertheless I started thinking about all the things I desperatly need money for to overcome some of the frustrating barriers I have been spinning my wheels behind. Of course the feeling of overwhelmed with obstacles , brought me back to reality. If I were to be handed money to resolve one of these barriers to a life with less frustration, I would not be any closer than I am now. Im sure you (reading this) anticipate the long shameful run down to follow right about now. Yes Im gonna use this comment space for an ugly confession of tears and anger,leading to shadows of shame . Why confess to the beautiful wise and broght shinong people? Perhaps I will arouse something in the form of communication. So let me end this and tell my story. So way back in2003 my husband myself and 3children moved to a new town. My husband an I had only been married 2years. We owned a property managment/carpentry business. We started with a total of $800.By the time we moved we had a little over$50,000.We planned to rent briefly and buy a house. Well I wasnt the business negotiator when ot came to acquiring new clients. My husband and I were weekend drig users . My husband started drinking more often . He also started taking pain meds which I becme aware of when he felt he was dependant on them. Six months went by and we were without rent money. I got a job at a hotel as a banquet captain So one week later we had a horrific fight . I didnt know at the time that the combination of chemicals in his body were causing psychosis for him and I was taking stimulamts so I was not at all calm and regulated either. My husband was taken to jail. 3days later my children and I evicted, We mobed into our little Toyota Dolphin and parked on a public street. After crying to my husband at the jail, he directed me to get his property because there were pills I cul sell and get$ 800 for. I didnt know anyone in this town and I sure didnt know how to sell pills. I waoted for the kids to fall asleep. O took the pills and drove around lookong for someone that I though might know or want the pills . About an hour and a half later I returned , with the pills. The police were putting my children in a cop car and I was arrestted and charged with child cruelty with intent to kill and the bottle of narcotics. Three days later I was released. I bought some uppers . Somehow I didnt loose my job. That evening O was driving and I looked in the rear view mirror and I said, You are a loser. This is what you offer your kids as a mother. They trusted you to make everything right 100percent and this is what you give them. I dodnt want theor mother to be a loser. I was not going to be a loser anymore. I met all the demands of the court, I went to eight different classes every week for parenting, post traumatic stress, relapse prevention, individual therapy, family therapy, theraputic visitation. codependancy, narcotics anonymous, weekly random drug testing, probation check ins and child protective service check ins. I kept my job even when my car was taken. I walked 15Miles to work leaving at230am to get to work by6am. I was a half hour late and my hands were shaking but I was there and I worked. I got my car out of impound. I got promoted at work. I rented a little cottage .16Months later I got my children back. I went to College and Received Deans High honors and was called on stage with my children at the County Fair. I saved up $15,000 in my closet. About this time my husband came home. He helped so much . O was taking 19 units at school ,working , and bodybuilding. He got up and made breakfast and took the kids to school and volunteered inmy sons preschool. He even took ballroom dancing with me and would come to my job to help me clean up. I was excelling and the kids were doing extra curricular things and they were really happy. The thing that I never thought about was while the children and I were cruizin and enjoying life with 100percent support from my husband, my husband wasnt getting any support or even recognized as having needs at all. It was so terrible of me .My attitude was like this,” you owe cause you left us with nothing but devastation and now that I cleaned up the entire mess u come back to the cozy comforts.” He started drinking and using and abscounding from parole. He went back to jail. This happened Three more times. In that time I purchased a half acre of land and a four bedroom home at atax auction. The last tme my husband came home I forced him to go to rehab. He had to be medically cleared first. I drove him to the doctor. It was actually a clinic refered by the rehab. There were many homless and mentally ill people in the waiting area. I didnt thinkl it was a good place for my two boys that were with us. I took them to Burher King. When we got back to the clinic , my husband was sitting in a chair slumped over with his arms hanginh down so his knuckles were brushing the floor. He had taken something. I wrote him a note and put it and some money in his shirt pocket. We went to the car. I drove to the entrance. I told my older of the two boys to bring Daddy his duffle bag. When he came back he said,”Daddy is awake. He wants to talk to you.” I pulled into aparkinh and we got out of the car. My husband came walking out and said he was going home, I tried to block him from opening the car door and said no you arent. He hit me so hard in the back of the head I felt my face brush the ground and saw a big flash of light and most of all heard my boys scream in a hogh pitch screm. He took the car and left us there. We were 50or60miles from home. He ended up crashinh on the freeway and going back to jail. The next days were sureal. I loved my husband and I still do but I thought I needed to make grown up realistic decisions. My kids saw him hit me and I heard their fear amd they will never have the picket fence and the real vacations like this. I told him I was divorcing him on the phone. I went and got the papers but couldnt bring myself to fill them out. i started taking speed. I started dating someone . Then I had to fill the papers out cause I didnt want to be a cheater. I dropped out of school. I was doagnossed with kidney cancer. I was told not to come back to work till I was well. I ended up moving to be close to my mothet. She suggested it thinking I would need help with the kids after surgery. I ran into my husband at Walmart. He told me he still loved me. I almost said it back but a flash went through my mind that he would be back tonight doing the same thing. I put my head downn instead. He left his program that day. He went back to prison. The day he was released on his birthday. he died,overdosed behind a store. He was found laying next to a dumpster. One week after my surgery, i went to get our belongings . I bought some speed. The uhaul driver got oulled over by highway patrol. My son and I were passangers. The driver was arrested for being under the influence. I was searched and arressted . The bah of speed still in my pocket. My kids have been perminantly taken away. Ive been to two inpatient programs and I am clean. I had one temp job for six months. I lost my house and land. I have no drivers license and am on probation. I am having a very difficult time pullingmy head out of my ass. I am angry and sad and guilty and ashamed. and tired. If any of you could just talk to me and maybe suggest a one foot in front of the other type suggestion, I am asking and willing to take suggestions . Thanks for reading.

  17. Never In my childhood dreams would I think life could be this hard. Let me start out by saying that asking for help has got to be the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I just wish that things had turned out much different.
    My father has never really been a part of my life. I recently had to ask him for help and was denied. I was also denied by his family who said that this was my problem and I should dig myself out of it. Turns out that sometimes family really isn’t there to help.
    The family members that have had my back can no longer help as they are financially struggling as well. My beautiful mother who was always there lost her fight with colon cancer 2 years ago. Without here I feel my life has been one huge struggle after another. She was my rock. Even if she didn’t have the money to give she would find some way to help. Without her support I would not have even made it this far.
    Let me tell you a bit of history. I was 4 when my parents divorced. It was not a great split but they did try to get along for my sake. It took my mom many years to forgive his shortfalls. They at least became cordial and she never said anything bad about him in front of me. I am sure she said bad things to others but she let me be my own judge.
    At the age of 16 I gave birth to a baby boy. He was born with a heart condition and did not make it to three years old. Because of his condition we had decided to have him adopted by a family friend. They live in Wisconsin next to an amazing children’s hospital. Though it was hard to say good bye I knew what I was doing was right. They gave him 2 amazing years as parents. He had siblings as well. I gave him a life by giving him up.
    I continued through school struggling the whole time. I had bad depression after giving my son up and ended up getting my G.E.D. I went off to college and struggled there as well. I was trying to work and got to school while fighting my depression. Sometimes things just get to be to much. I left college but continued to work.
    I held many different jobs throughout the years but it wasn’t until my mom was diagnosed with cancer that I knew my calling was to help people. At this time I was going through a very tough pregnancy and was very sick. My mom and I would often sit together being nauseous, her from chemo and me from my baby.
    I had to take medical leave early from my job due to being so sick. And then the day came that I went into labor. My mom was in the delivery room with me along with my boyfriend and my best friend. My mom was so honored to share in that moment.
    The next few months are quite a blur. Mom got worse and decided that she was going to marry the love of her life before she passed away. On May 10th they got married outside the courthouse in Canandaigua NY less than a month later she passed away.
    She got to know my daughter for three months and gave me so much advice on how to be a good parent. I will carry that in my heart forever. Not hearing her voice every day is something I will never get over. I will wish for her to be here till the end of time. I know I have my daughter, but my life just isn’t complete without my mom here. The day she died I became numb and have struggled with bring myself back. I know I have to because I have an amazing daughter to take care of.
    I am not sure how it happened but all of my finances have pretty much blown up right before my eyes. It doesn’t help that my “partner” wants nothing to do with going out and making money. He has fallen into some kind of funk and I don’t know how to snap him out. He has become mentally abusive and is not being a good father to our daughter. The problem is he thinks what he is doing is ok. He used a great deal of my mom’s money for drugs and now we are left with nothing. The sad part is I know this man is capable of so much more. He used to take care of me. I am just not sure why this change took place.
    I decided to go back to school again for medical assisting. I was doing great A’s and B’s all over the place. See the thing is I am not a dumb person, I know I am smart. But for some reason I lost my way again. Most likely the stress and struggles at home made me miss classes. Then we got evicted and had to move an hour from the city to my mom’s house. I put her house up for sale. I could not live there. To many memories and too much hurt driving by the graveyard she was buried in. We finally got a potential buyer but they wanted to offer less than what we were asking. Due to my desperate state of mind I accepted and sold the house.
    I moved back to the city and bought a house that I love!!!!! Only problem was that I spent pretty much everything from the sale of my mom’s house to do it. So here we are. I got a better paying job but it still just not enough. I tried to take a loan out but my credit is bad because of my poor decisions. Right now as it stands the only way to fix my situation and still be able to buy food for my daughter is to ask for help. The weather is getting colder and the furnace in this house is old. I need money to fix that and the roof before the snow starts falling. I need to get my car fixed because it is falling apart. If I don’t either get it fixed or get a different car I will not be able to get to work this winter. No work means no money, no money means no food. I have to pay my grandma back 6,000 that she helped me out with. I have disappointed her enough and I feel like an awful person because she needs that money and I just don’t have it to give. I need to clean up my credit and get 4,000 to my old landlord for back rent. Right now 50,000 would cover everything I need done and would help me get my boyfriend a new truck so that at least this winter he can plow and maybe make some money for his family.
    I know this is a shot in the dark but I need help. Without it there is going to be some very big problems headed my way in the next few weeks. If you can do anything to help please do. I am running out of time before my electric is shut off, my water is shut off, and we have to sell this house just to survive.
    Sincerely,
    Tania

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