An Open Letter to Meg Whitman

By Joy Picus

Dear Meg,

Now that the elections are over, I hope you are looking for other ways to make a difference in this world.  I’d like to make a suggestion for positive ways in which you might use the vast sums that you have earned.  Look at what other billionaires have done with their money and see it as a model.

Bill and Melinda Gates have created a Foundation that increases the expectations of people who live in unspeakable poverty throughout the world.  Eli Broad has invested his billions in education, medical research and art.  And Wallis Annenberg has awarded more than a quarter billion dollars to over 500 organizations. A visionary who strives to improve the well-being of people and communities throughout the world, she has dedicated her time, talent and wealth to education, arts and culture, and social justice causes – and that’s a few of the causes she cares about. She is a wonderful role model.

The opportunities are unlimited.  Use the power of your wealth to bring hope to the lives of women and girls throughout the world, to solve medical mysteries, to provide a living wage for starving artists.  Philanthropic power can be infinitely more satisfying than political power, and with faster results.

You have proved that you are smart enough to research all these possibilities to discover your passion!  It is much easier than campaigning.  Use your fortune to improve the lives of others, and you will find great reward.  You will be loved and appreciated, not criticized for what you could have done better, or differently.  It is a much easier way to make a better world.  And it needs to be done!

Joy Picus

Joy Picus represented the West San Fernando Valley as a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 1977 to 1993. Her major public policy achievements were in the fields of garbage and hazardous waste, dependent care and the creation of a “family friendly” city. She has spoken on philanthropy and been a panelist at forums and seminars on the west coast, and throughout the country.

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5 Comments

  1. Diane Nathan
    Posted 11/17/2010 at 2:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Joy, You have written a wonderful inspiring open letter to Meg Whitman. I hope she follows your suggestions! Keep up the good work! Diane Nathan

  2. Posted 11/18/2010 at 9:35 am | Permalink | Reply

    Just wanted to thank you for this great article; this is the thing that keeps me encouraged through my day. I have been searching around for these posts under recommendation from a colleague and was pleased after I found it after searching for a while. Obviously, being a blogger myself, I’m glad to see others taking initiative and contributing to the community. Just wanted to show my gratitude for your work as it’s very encouraging, and many writers don’t get the recognition they deserve. I know I’ll come back to read more and will refer some of my friends here.

  3. Millie Loeb
    Posted 11/20/2010 at 5:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Joy, As always, you are the voice of wisdom. You are one of the few people who wrote philanthropic checks when you were in office, a role model for others — hopefully, Meg Whitman. I so appreciate everything you have done and continue to do. You will always be one of my “sheroes.”

  4. Posted 12/15/2010 at 1:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What a great letter Joy! You are indeed a great role model yourself.

  5. Posted 12/15/2010 at 4:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Joy.. . . .

    You’ve always been such a positive leader and even tho you are out of office, you are continuing your mission.

    I think you expressed what many of us felt as we saw the dollars Meg was spending during the campaign.

    Let us know if she responds. . .it will be interesting to see what she’s really made of.

    Frieda

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