When Warren Buf­fett announced in 2006 that he would give away his bil­lions, he was flooded with indi­vidual requests for help that still flow in today.

Doris Buf­fett attends the Women for Afghan Women 12th Anniver­sary pro­tecting women’s rights beyond 2014 at Tribeca 360 on May 30, 2013 in New York City.
Instead of tossing the let­ters aside, Buf­fett pack­ages them up and sends them to his older sister Doris. With the help of seven women,her Sun­shine Lady Foun­da­tion scru­ti­nizes each request to find people who have come upon bad luck through no fault of their own.

She just believes that a lot of people got short straws in life, and she wants to help them,” Warren Buf­fett said.

It’s rare for phil­an­thropists to respond to indi­vidual requests, said North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fessor Rebecca Riccio, who teaches phil­an­thropy and inter­viewed the sib­lings last year. Buf­fett, 83, and his 86-​​year-​​old sister worked out the unusual arrange­ment because nei­ther wanted to dis­re­gard the requests, but Buf­fett also wanted to focus on run­ning Berk­shire Hathaway.


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