You’ve inherited $5 million, with instructions that you must give it all away — but you can choose any organizations you like to be the beneficiaries. Where does the money go?
First off, nice whetting someone's appetite for wealth and caviar dreams, only to be told that it is all going away to charity. Fine.
Truth be told, five million won't go as far as I'd like to eradicate disease and hunger; there are too many places affected with both scourges.
When I think of Africa, I would love to see all wars ended but money won't do that. I would have to find an organization that would teach the locals how to practice agriculture and water management in a ecologically sustainable way without any of the Big agricultural companies involved, that means Monsanto is out. I know that Warren Buffet's son does work in this field in Central America, so he would be one of many persons of interest that I would be in contact with and perhaps he would steer me in the right direction.
If my work were successful in Africa, I would be looking to expand that work to other parts of the world but tailor it to suit their eco-systems. No sense in wasting resources trying to force food stuffs that wouldn't naturally take hold in that specific place.
On the disease front, I think that I would go immediately to the United Nations and see what organizations are doing what regarding polio, malaria, cholera and HIV/AIDS and lend a hand there.
As I said five million only goes so far but if that money could jump start a new method of dealing with these problems, I would go to bed at night feeling pretty good about the world and the future.