BP #8:

Summary:

On October 25th, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated a total of $210 million to the University of Washington to help build a new facility that will aim to improve the health and well-being of people worldwide.  The total facility cost is approximately $230 million.  Researchers will get the chance to work to address global challenges such as health care access, equity, poverty, and climate change.

 

Ethical Anaylsis:

Based on Kant’s perspective towards good will, I feel that the Gates family donated this money as a duty towards humanity and because it is the right thing to do.  This action was done to feel good and help a wider audience rather than to benefit themselves for the name of the building or recognition.  While recognition may be granted, the duo is very authentic and pure with their reasoning behind doing such a great deed.  As Melinda states, “We’re in a very privileged position and I think we have an obligation to take this on.  What happens around the world matters to us and vice versa.” As far as I’m informed, there are no strings attached for the Gates’ donating such a great amount to the university.  Their foundation recently donated 100,000 chickens to Africa for those in poverty.  This is just another action that was chosen because that’s the right thing to do.  When you have the power to do something beneficial to a population, you should do it – not because you get something out of it, but because it is the right thing to do.  Kant says that donating to charity because it makes you feel good and it is the right thing to do is considered to be good will.

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