Tad Taube joins the Giving Pledge

The Giving Pledge, a global initiative that aims to inspire deeper engagement in philanthropy and increase charitable giving globally, added nine new signatories last week, including Bay Area philanthropist Tad Taube.

Created by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates and made public three years ago, the Giving Pledge now has 114 families and individuals signed up.

The other new signatories announced in a May 7 press release were Lord Ashcroft, Sara Blakely, Monica and David Gelbaum, Craig and Susan McCaw, Stephen M. Ross, Paul E. Singer, Mark and Mary Stevens, Samuel Yin and Joe Craft.

The initiative invites the world’s wealthiest families and individuals to commit half of their wealth to philanthropic causes and charitable organizations of their choice.

Taube is the president of the Koret Foundation, chair of Taube Philanthropies and honorary consul of the Republic of Poland. Born in Krakow in 1931, Taube fled Poland as a child with his family just months before the Nazi and Soviet armies invaded.

In his pledge letter, Taube wrote: “There has existed in the minds of refugees, who have been embraced by this great country, a level of gratitude for the opportunities made available to us that is somewhat analogous to a debt that we feel needs to be repaid. Some of us refer to that feeling as wanting to ‘give back’ — I personally prefer to call it wanting to ‘share opportunity.’”