One Entrepreneur’s Fearless Approach to Sparking Social Change


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One Entrepreneur's Fearless Approach to Sparking Social Change

Named to Barron’s “25 Best Givers” list, investor and Internet pioneer Jean Case discusses a bold approach to social change that requires taking risks, being innovative, and failing forward. Jean and her team at the Case Foundation embrace the same entrepreneurial approaches she and her husband, Steve Case, cultivated throughout their business careers. Their brand of philanthropy is celebrated in their campaign that encourages other changemakers to “Be Fearless.”

About Jean Case:

Jean’s career in the private sector spanned nearly two decades before she and her husband, Steve Case, created the Case Foundation in 1997. The Case Foundation is recognized for its leadership in leveraging new technologies and applying innovative approaches to increase giving; catalyze civic and business participation; and promote innovation, collaboration, and leadership in the nonprofit sector.


Jean serves as chairman of the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees. She also serves on the advisory boards of Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative, Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation, the Brain Trust Accelerator Fund, and the U.S. National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investing Task Force.


Jean and Steve joined The Giving Pledge, started by Melinda and Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010.