---- Google Donates to Charity "on behalf of vendors"
wheel - 1:54 am on Dec 23, 2009 (gmt 0)
On a personal note, starting in mid 2007, I started donating a fixed percentage of my net income to charity. Adsense gave me the financial freedom to make that pledge to myself, and for that I'm very grateful.
It's different. that's personal. Google is corporate. And I suspect you don't bring this up as a talking point at parties. "Oh, I donated a fixed percentage of my net income to charity" - that's about as much of an conversation killer as telling them you sell life insurance. But that's what Google's doing here.
In short: - personal donations to charity and corporate donations to charity are two completely different things, and I question the idea of random donations to charity from corporations, particularly publicly traded companies. If the lords of Google want to give to charity, sell some stock and give privately. - issuing public statements about it smells of a pr stunt, which cheapens it. If it's not about PR, then why didn't they do it quietly? Because it IS about PR, that's why.
I don't know. Maybe when you've got that much money things are different. I'd hope that when I've got more money than my kids could possibly spend that I'll do things differently. I hope I do.