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Giving by finding one small thing

The most successful big-time donors (like Michael Bloomberg) learn as much as they can before giving, team up with others, and think long-term.

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MR BLOOMBERG: "We focused on things we could do in America that made a difference and were replicable elsewhere."

THE two imposing brownstones on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that are home to Bloomberg Philanthropies give off the aura of a modern-day Medici palace: a fitting setting for Michael R Bloomberg, media mogul, former mayor of New York, and one of the top philanthropists in America.

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