Philanthropy News

November 14, 2013
Chao Family

Elaine, May, Grace and Angela Chao: Signs of Positive Feminist Change at Harvard

Angela Chao is a corporate executive, philanthropist, and graduate of the Harvard Business School, like her sisters, three of whom also attended Harvard Business School. Harvard University and the Harvard Business School recently made history thanks to the generosity of her family. The University will for the first time in […]
June 9, 2013
Judith Rodin President of the Rockefeller Foundation

Rockefeller Foundation Celebrates a Century

America’s second oldest philanthropic organization (after the Carnegie Corporation), the Rockefeller Foundation, is celebrating 100 years of global contributions. The Foundation has been instrumental in contributing to educational reforms, agricultural development across the world, and countless breakthroughs in medicine (like developing the vaccine for yellow fever). And they’re not alone; […]
May 8, 2013
Daktari

Profits and Philanthropy

The BBC’s online site has been running a very optimistic and revelatory series entitled ‘Running a Business.’ Besides being an in-depth look at innovative new ideas, it is also a showcase for underdogs persevering in this current economic malaise. Never fear, small business owners might just be the answer to […]
April 28, 2013
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Lauder’s Legacy

Who knew that Leonard Lauder’s donation of $131 million to the Whitney Museum of American Art was just a warm up act? The main event: Giving his prized private collection of Cubist art to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The gift is estimated to be worth $1 […]
January 8, 2013
Gandhi

You Can’t Take It With You

Our collective desire to accumulate and consume seems more prevalent than ever. The notion of success, money and ‘stuff’ has been fostered since the days of capitalism’s founding father, Adam Smith, began espousing his economic theories in the 18th century. The world now is, of course, a very different place […]
July 15, 2012
Greece Flag

Philanthropy is a Greek Word

It was interesting to read recently in the New York Times how immensely wealthy Greek tycoons are helping their countrymen in these difficult times. The news has been full of heartbreaking stories of children left to orphanages, a huge surge of homelessness in Athens and other major cities and an […]
June 3, 2012
Richard Branson

Science to the Rescue

Energy issues are increasingly in the press, and politicians are under more pressure than ever to find solutions to our planet’s finite resources, increasing population (and one that is living longer) and the inability to reconcile the costs of ‘going green.’ Luckily a new generation of engineers and entrepreneurs are […]
April 29, 2012
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett

A New Breed of Givers

Much has been made of the philanthropic pursuits of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in the last few years, and the extent of their financial muscle only highlights the disparity between the ‘haves and have-nots.’ The world is mostly living through intensive economic turmoil right now, but this belies the […]
April 9, 2012
Wikipedia

Wikipedia’s next global step

It’s easy to take the enormous volume of information we’re all now privy to, for granted. A transformative global information network exists online – but somewhere, someone is collating, editing and e-publishing the ‘facts,’ attempting to minimize the conjecture. Wikipedia is a tremendous public service resource – seemingly getting stronger everyday – […]