As a self-described “cultural activist,” Maria says that her challenge, and the mission of the John & Helen Timo Foundation, is to promote and support Carpatho-Rusyn culture as a living, vibrant, and evolving entity.
Cindy has dedicated her foundation—and her life’s work—to saving animals and ending animal cruelty. Although she’s a resident of Colorado, her foundation is active across the country. Whether she’s saving wild mustangs in Nevada or shelter dogs in Connecticut, she tackles ambitious goals with unflagging generosity and energy.
Broadcom Foundation takes an innovative approach, supporting both graduate-level research and middle school engagement through its signature program, Broadcom MASTERS® (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering as Rising Stars), the premier international middle school science and engineering fair competition.
Dallas native Elizabeth Carlock Phillips got interested in philanthropy at an early age. She started a jewelry business in high school that became her full-time career for seven years and led her all over the world, including to Uganda, where she was Founding Designer of the Akola Project, a nonprofit social business that empowers marginalized women, and Peru, where she consulted for Peru Paper Company. Just a few months into her marriage to husband Kevin, and with a baby on the way, Elizabeth Carlock Philips found herself at the helm of Philips Foundation in Greensboro, North Carolina. Not surprisingly, the new executive director took to the position like the proverbial duck to water, coming up the learning curve quickly, thanks to vision, passion, and the inspiration of her peers.
In a recent Huffington Post blog, playwright Richard Abrons, president of The Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation, echoed the sentiment of an unnamed philanthropist saying, “I would rather reduce pain than spread joy.” It’s the kind of statement you would expect to hear from a pragmatist, someone who is extremely rational about his own capacity to affect change, yet persistent in the pursuit of giving. That’s Richard.
For many donors, running a private foundation is a side job, or more likely, an avocation. Not for Carrie Morgridge of The Morgridge Family Foundation. Carrie is a champion in the education sector, “investing in the transformation of education for both students and educators.” This month, she is bringing together a group of committed educators in Washington, DC and St. Louis, MO for Share Fair, a one-day conference on integrating technology into classrooms.
It sits quietly in the recesses of the philanthropist’s psyche. That voice. Always there. Questioning. Sometimes doubting. Occasionally the voice gains resonance; often just before a large grant is made. That voice which shouts with contemplative doggedness: “Am I making a difference?”
Most private foundation donors restrict their support to one or perhaps a few select causes that engage their passion. Not Diana Barrett. As President and Founder of The Fledgling Fund, Diana tackles a broad swath of challenges by inspiring social action through storytelling.
Michael Leven knows the value of having a plan and pursuing it with great discipline. It’s an approach that, over a 50-plus-year career, has helped him become an icon in the hotel industry and one of franchising’s most innovative leaders.
Much has been said about the new generation of philanthropists – individuals who aren’t just writing checks, but who roll up their shirt sleeves and bring all of their resources to bear: intellectual capital, networks, time, and influence. Kristin Hull is the embodiment of the new approach to philanthropy.