in which I document my experience as a capitalist roader
Though only Norway meets it, there's a nominal target of 0.7% of GNP for foreign aid contributions by rich nations. That also seems like a reasonable minimum level for charitable giving by rich individuals.
Much of my assets are in ethical investments: an ethical cash management account, an ethical managed fund and an ethical listed investment company.
I also hold direct shares in Australian companies which have what I consider ethical management and operations. If I had more money to invest I might consider private investment through a broker such as Social Ventures Australia.
I have no illusions that charity and ethical investment are a replacement for politics when it comes to fighting poverty.
This page describes my personal investments.
I have a well-paid part-time job at the university and make a respectable supplement to that from my web sites. I am, and feel, very affluent — except when it came to buying a house in Sydney, which made me suddenly feel poor again. (For various reasons I think residential property investment is greatly overrated.)
I live in medium-density housing (a terrace) and make fairly average use of infrastructure such as power, water, sewage, etc. Eating out is my largest regular consumption of services. I cycle to work and mostly use public transport, but we sometimes drive long distances on holidays. As far as physical goods go, I have a large collection of books and some camera gear.
Overseas travel is probably my major drain on the world's resources, and is certainly my biggest contribution to greenhouse emissions. I'm trying to take fewer but longer trips.
I am well-off because of my family: I've inherited some money directly, mostly from my grandmother, but my parents also put me through university and I was able to save money by living at home.