Turning the Cult of Narcissism Against Itself

Girl who was made fun of uses her fame to help charitable organization

She was just an average thirteen-year-old girl, until overnight her awkward dancing in the background of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” video made her a target of near-universal derision on the Internet…When Benni Cinkle finally responded to the attention and began answering questions, the hordes anticipating more lulz at her expense did a 180, surprised to themselves interacting with a gracious, humble person with a sense of humor about herself. In the months since, Cinkle’s website, That Girl in Pink, has become a launchpad for her charitable works.

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Outbreak of Irrational Generosity

40 of the richest US families pledge to donate at least half their money to charity.

Forty wealthy families and individuals have joined Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates and billionaire investor Warren Buffett in a pledge to give at least half their wealth to charity.

Six weeks after launching a campaign to get other billionaires to donate most of their fortunes, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. released the first list Wednesday of people who have signed what he and Gates call the “giving pledge.”

Surprising and Secret Helpers Actually Exist

“Use of the word ‘miracle’ is not an overstatement”

What would it cost, the caller asked the founder of DonorsChoose.org, to fund every California teacher’s wish list posted on the Web site?

The founder, Charles Best, thought perhaps the female caller would hang up when he tossed out his best guess: “Something over $1 million,” he told her.

Twelve hours later, the woman, Hilda Yao, executive director of the Claire Giannini Fund, sent Best an e-mail.

It said, in short, OK.