Category Archives: Executive

Spotlight – Bill Gates Gives Alzheimer’s Research a Big Boost

Spotlight – Bill Gates Gives Alzheimer’s Research a Big Boost

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million Americans in the United States, and a new case develops about every minute. However, the condition remains rather difficult to diagnose, and testing involves incredible expense. Because of this reality, Bill Gates recently announced a new investment in Diagnostics Accelerator, a venture philanthropy fund working to improve the… Continue Reading

The Debate about the Motivation behind Corporate Philanthropy

The Debate about the Motivation behind Corporate Philanthropy

The benefits of corporate philanthropy for a company are manifold. In addition to creating a better public image for themselves, organizations can use philanthropy to motivate and inspire their employees. However, a great debate about the motivation behind corporate philanthropy has raged for some time. While some people believe that motivation matters, others contend that… Continue Reading

Laurene Powell Jobs and Her Innovative Approach to Philanthropy

Laurene Powell Jobs and Her Innovative Approach to Philanthropy

The landscape of philanthropy is changing rapidly with the growing popularity of charitable LLCs and crowdsourced support for causes. One of the drivers of this trend is Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs. She has become one of the wealthiest women in the world with her net worth of about $20 billion. A… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about Beyoncé’s Extensive Philanthropy

What You Need to Know about Beyoncé’s Extensive Philanthropy

When people think of prominent philanthropists, they may talk about John D. Rockefeller or perhaps Bill Gates as a more modern example. However, this view of philanthropy is far too narrow, especially when considering the intersection of pop culture and giving. Many leading pop culture figures have also emerged as major philanthropists. One of the… Continue Reading

The Growing and Changing Role of Women in American Philanthropy

The Growing and Changing Role of Women in American Philanthropy

Women continue to play a significant role in the world of philanthropy. Recently, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy released a study that examined the mindset driving donations from some of the world’s leading female philanthropists. The study examined previous research and included interviews with 23 women… Continue Reading

5 Surprising Insights about the Nation’s Top Philanthropists

5 Surprising Insights about the Nation’s Top Philanthropists

Over the course of nearly two centuries, philanthropy has increased significantly in the United States. The number of private foundations that have been established since 2000 is now nearly on par with the previous century. In addition to foundations, donor-advised funds have become increasingly popular and have largely changed the landscape of the field of… Continue Reading

Ted Turner and His Landmark $1 Billion Gift to the United Nations

Ted Turner and His Landmark $1 Billion Gift to the United Nations

When people think about leading philanthropists, many picture Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who has mobilized billionaires around the world to become involved with charity through the Giving Pledge. This pledge asks that signatories give away the majority of their wealth while they are still living. While the Giving Pledge played an important role in encouraging… Continue Reading

Bill Gates Donates $4.6 Billion to Charity

Bill Gates Donates $4.6 Billion to Charity

Recently, Bill Gates made waves in the philanthropic community with the announcement of a ten-figure charitable gift. In June, he donated $4.6 billion worth of Microsoft shares to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, his personal charity. The gift was not publicly known until a Securities and Exchange Commission filing published in early August. Bloomberg… Continue Reading

Jeff Bezos Crowdsources Charity Ideas on Twitter: What You Need to Know

Jeff Bezos Crowdsources Charity Ideas on Twitter: What You Need to Know

While many of the nation’s leading philanthropists simply fly underneath the radar, some make a major splash with their giving. Recently, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, sparked an incredible amount of discussion when he turned to Twitter to ask the world where he should concentrate his philanthropic efforts. Bezos created a flurry of activity… Continue Reading

7 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Benefit from Engaging in Philanthropy

7 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Benefit from Engaging in Philanthropy

Entrepreneurship is physically, mentally, and emotionally trying. To establish a business, individuals need to work around the clock and overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles. Should a business succeed, however, the payoff can be great. Often, these individuals bring the same passion to their philanthropy, despite the fact that there’s no such promise of a material payoff.… Continue Reading