A Record-Breaking Mission That Isn't Done Yet

We're holding our fundraising drive for schools open a little bit longer thanks to your amazing generosity. Find out more about Pencils of Promise.

Jan 6, 2014 at 2:19PM

We've got great news about our Foolanthropy campaign, and a huge "thank you" for helping change the world for the better.

This year, we sought to raise funds to help Pencils of Promise build two schools in impoverished communities in Guatemala. However, the astounding generosity of The Motley Fool community has helped us exceed that goal -- and then some.

Together, we exceeded our original goal of raising $50,000 to build two schools, then $75,000 for three, and $100,000 for four... and counting.

The Motley Fool community's generosity has set records for this education-oriented organization. Here's the note we received last week from the Pencils of Promise team:

Team Motley Fool, 

We are astounded. Last night, your fundraising team surpassed the $100k mark. That's FOUR full schools plus a fifth that will be funded by Motley Fool on behalf of your amazing staff. You've also taken the record-holding spot in 2 categories: (1) Most funds raised on a fundraising team (2) Highest number of individual donations to a fundraising page. 

The level of commitment your team and community have displayed toward making the world a more fair place filled with opportunity for all children has left us speechless. (And we're talkers). Not to mention, you're a downright fun group to work with. 

We are foolishly grateful to have fallen onto your radar and to have worked together to inspire your community to change the world through education. We hope this is only the beginning and cannot wait to share more information and stories with you about the deep and lasting impact you've created. 

A warm welcome to the PoP family. We're so lucky to have you.

It's not too late to join in on this successful campaign to bring education -- and economic opportunity of all kinds -- to impoverished communities in Guatemala. If this campaign has shown us anything, it's that whether one donates $5 or $5,000, Fools banding together can make big things happen.

We're hoping to make one last push to reach 750 total donors -- even $5 or $10 makes a world of difference to each individual child helped. If we reach that goal, The Motley Fool will donate an additional $2,500. Click here to help us exceed one last goal.

Thanks to all who have helped, and here's to another great year of investing -- and making the world a better place!


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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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