Philanthropy #BestoftheWeb: Melinda Gates, Rihanna and Dr. Priscilla Chan

Philanthropy #BestoftheWeb: Melinda Gates, Rihanna and Dr. Priscilla Chan
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Sharing is caring!  Women everywhere are making the final decisions on where to direct year-end charitable donations.  Gifts, large and small, have a big impact as we all unite together.  National Philanthropy Day has recently generated an abundance of articles on the web.  We’ve sorted and summarized the best of the best on the topic of women and philanthropy.  Women are truly making the world a better place.  Here are a few of their stories:

The First Woman of Women:  How Melinda Gates Became the World’s Most Powerful Advocate for Women and Girls – Forbes

Give a woman with the eloquence to deliver unforgettable 40 minute speeches only four minutes.  And then, place her before a handful of the world’s most powerful women.  In this moment you will quickly learn the heart of her life’s message.  This is exactly what happened when Melinda Gates took her turn to speak to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and handful of other dignitaries a few months ago.  “When you get women in roles of leadership, we make things happen,” Melinda said.  “It takes us using our voice, and it also takes us making investments, huge investments, in women and girls.”  

Melinda Gates, former Microsoft manager turned philanthropist, and her husband Bill Gates, the world’s richest person, have been hailed the most philanthropic Americans for years.  As Melinda manages their $41.3 billion endowment she has women first and foremost on her mind.  Melinda Gates graces the cover of Forbes’ 2015 Special Philanthropy Issue, with the bold headline:  “The Best Idea in the World:  The Solution to Poverty is Investing in Women and Girls.”  This story appears in the December 14, 2015 issue of Forbes magazine.

Rihanna Sets Date for Her Star-Studded 2nd Annual Diamond Ball – Entertainment Tonight

Rihanna has just announced her second Diamond Ball, black-tie charity event, to benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation.  In 2012, Rihanna founded the organization in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Brathwaite, after “witnessing the shortcomings of the Barbados healthcare system first-hand” when her grandmother battled cancer.  Last year, Rihanna raised two million dollars to purchase “two state-of-the-art pieces of equipment” for the oncology center of Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados.  This year, “Kevin Hart will host and Lionel Richie will perform at the star-studded event taking place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, on Dec. 10.”

Mark Zuckerberg and wife Dr. Priscilla Chan to Give 99% of Facebook Stock to Philanthropy – Wall Street Journal

Facebook co-founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan fittingly announced the birth of their first child, Maxima Chan Zuckerberg, on Facebook.  Here’s a portion of the 2,256 word open letter to their baby girl:

“As you begin the next generation of the Chan Zuckerberg family, we also begin the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to join people across the world to advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation.  Our initial areas of focus will be personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities. … We will give 99% of our Facebook shares – currently about $45 billion – during our lives to advance this mission.  We know this is a small contribution compared to all the resources and talents of those already working on these issues.  But we want to do what we can, working alongside many others.”

Female Entrepreneurs Leading in Charitable Giving – CCTV America

Women are amazing; studies are beginning to prove what we’ve known for years.  “Women, it appears, are far more generous when it comes to charitable donations, compared to men.  Research shows that women of every income level give generously.  And they don’t just donate frequently and they also donate much more.”

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