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Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America


The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is “to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.”


Big Brothers Big Sisters is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. It has 300 affiliate offices across the United States, with approximately 400,000 families and mentors actively engaged in the Agency’s mission.


The objective of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Charity is to help children succeed in school and to avoid risky behaviors such as drug or alcohol abuse. Mentors help them develop a strong sense of self-esteem and self-confidence that will carry them forward into their adult lives.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters

Foundation’s History

Big Brothers Big Sisters has been delivering life-changing programs for more than 100 years. It was founded in 1904. Ernest Coulter was a clerk in New York City. He observed that an increasing number of young boys were passing through the court system and felt compelled to find a prevention strategy. He believed that if he could recruit volunteers to mentor the boys that would keep them out of trouble. This was the seed that would later grow to become Big Brothers Big Sisters.

While Ernest was building his program, the Ladies of Charity were initiating a mentoring program for girls who were being referred to the New York Children’s Court. This project took on the name Catholic Big Sisters. In 1977 the two groups joined to become Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Expanding its reach around the globe, Big Brothers Big Sisters International was formed in 1998. Its headquarters is in Philadelphia, PA.

Foundation Partners

Big Brothers Big Sisters enjoys strong support from major foundations, including Annie E. Casey Foundation, Microsoft Philanthropies, S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, Fidelity Charitable and Altria Group. Additionally, it has built a formidable network of corporate sponsors and community affiliates whose funding enables the Charity to carry out its mission. Big Brothers Big Sisters also administers U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention grants to 69 affiliates around the country.


Big Brothers Big Sisters works with youth age 6 to 18. Its volunteer, supporter and donor base is diverse, representing all ethnic and socio-economic groups. The Agency carefully matches mentors with its youth participants, remaining fully involved in the process.


The vision of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to permanently alter for the better the lives of youth facing adversity, to provide them with the support they need to achieve and change their reality. The Agency offers several ways to get involved. The primary is to become a mentor—a big brother or big sister. Mentors work one-on-one with their little brother or sister in their schools, neighborhoods, and even on military bases.

Current Events

In early 2018, Dial and Big Brothers Big Sisters announced a new partnership effort called Healthier Futures. The initiative will add an important element of developing healthy hygiene habits to the traditional mentorship program. At the end of 2017, Big Brothers Big Sisters received a significant grant from S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. The $2.725M grant will be used to initiate a new national technology project, create new training programs, create a new learning management system and enhance the capacity of its affiliate partners.

David Sainsbury

David Sainsbury – The Giving Grocer

Place of Birth

United Kingdom


FMCG – Supermarkets

David Sainsbury
David Sainsbury

Early Career – Grocer With Heritage

Eldest son of Sir Robert Sainsbury and nephew of Lord Sainsbury, David John Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Turville attended prestigious Eton College before studying History and Psychology at King’s College, Cambridge University. He followed this with an MBS from Columbia Business School in the United States.

The Sainsbury brand was started by his great-grandparents in 1869 and the humble London-based grocer’s shop went on to become of the UK’s largest supermarkets chains. David joined the company in 1963, starting work in the personnel department. In 1966 he was appointed as a director of the company and worked as Financial Controller from 1971 to 1973 when the company listed on the London Stock Exchange in what was the largest listing ever at that time. The Sainsbury family retained 85% of the shares in the newly listed company, Sir Robert’s shares going to David and his uncle’s shares being split between his three sons.


David Sainsbury was the company Finance Director from 1973 until 1990. From 1984 until 1993 he was chairman of Savacentre, a group of hypermarkets. On his cousin JD Sainsbury’s retirement  in 1992, as CEO and chairman, David was appointed to the position. The 1990’s was a difficult time for the group with three separate profit warnings and several management changes. By 1998, the group was performing well again but David Sainsbury announced his decision to retire to enter politics, a long-held ambition of his.

To avoid any potential conflict of interest David Sainsbury placed his 23% stake in the group into a blind trust administered by lawyer Judith Portrait. His announcement to give away £1 billion to charity in 2005 distilled his shares down to 12,9% and even further to 7,75% in 2007 when he regained control of his shares after stepping down as Science and Innovation Minister from the government.


Though David joined the Labour Party in the 1960’s he entered politics as a member of the Social Democratic Party and after the 1983 election David was the largest donor to the party as well as a trustee. He donated over £750 000 to special projects undertaken by the party, between 1981 and 1987. After the dissolution of the SDP in 1990 David once more returned to the Labour Party and in 1997 took up his place in the House of Lords as a Labour peer Baron Sainsbury of Turville.

Despite some rocky years and allegations of financial misconduct over donations, Sainsbury served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Trade and Industry and as the Minister for Science and Innovation in the House of Lords, receiving no salary during his tenure.

During the 2016 European Union membership referendum campaign, Sainsbury donated over £4 million to the ‘Remain’ campaign.

Philanthropy and Sponsorship

David Sainsbury founded the Gatsby Charitable Foundation in 1967. He donated £200 million of Sainsbury shares to the foundation in 1993 and by 2009 the foundation had disbursed over £600 million to charitable causes. Also in 2009, Sainsbury donated a further £465 million to the foundation making good on his 2005 promise to donate over £1 billion to charity. He was the first British citizen to make a donation of this size.

In 1987, he established the Sainsbury Management Fellowship aimed at the development of engineer in the United Kingdom.

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation has donated over £127 million to the University of Cambridge including £45 million to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden and £82 million to the Cambridge Sainsbury Laboratory.

David and his wife Susie joined the Giving Pledge in 2013 pledging to donate half his wealth to charitable trusts during his lifetime.

Gordon Moore

The Science of Philanthropy – Gordon Moore

Place of Birth

San Francisco


Technology and Sciences

Early Career – From Mathematician to Millionaire

Born and raised in California, Gordon Moore attended San Jose State University and the University of California, Berkley, graduating in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. He received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1954 which he followed with postdoctoral research at the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University.

Moore started working at the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory at Beckman instruments, but left after entrepreneur Sherman Fairchild agreed to back Moore and seven other scientists in founding Fairchild Semiconductor. The group has become known colloquially as the ‘traitorous eight’ due to their leaving Shockley en masse.

Moore’s law

In 1965, when asked during an interview, to predict the future in the semiconductor industry, Moore speculated that components in a dense integrated circuit would double every year for at least the next ten years. This prediction became known as Moore’s law and has become a target for, and influenced much of the development and miniaturization in the semiconductor industry and technology as a whole.


In 1975, Moore, along with Robert Noyce, founded NM Electronic, which went on to become the giant of technology: Intel Corporation. Starting as executive vice president Moore was appointed as president in 1975. Moore was named Chairman and CEO in 1979 and remained in the position until 1987. He was appointed chairman emeritus in 1997. Intel is one of the world’s largest pioneers in the development of new technology in integrated circuits, computer memory and microprocessor development and design.

In 1990 Moore received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by then-president George W Bush. In 2001, he received the Othmer Gold Medal for his lifelong contributions to science. In 2002, Moore received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour in the United States, and in 2009 was indicted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

In 2011, Moore became the first person to have his genome sequenced on the Personal Genome Machine platform, developed by Ion Torrent.

Philanthropy and Sponsorship

Moore met his wife Betty while the pair were studying at San Jose State University. They were married in 1950 and so began a lifetime of philanthropy and service for the couple which culminated in the year 2000 with the establishment of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, endowed with a gift of $5 billion.

The foundation began its work with a focus on science, the environment, and programs in the San Francisco area. As a director for Conservation International and the foundation supports several projects, both locally and in the Andes-Amazon Basin.

In 2001, Gordon and Betty Moore donated $600 to Caltech making it the single largest gift to a university ever. In 2007, the couple donated $200 million to Caltech and the University of California, the funds earmarked for the construction of the Thirty Meter telescope to be built in Hawaii.

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is dedicated to the support of scientific discovery, healthcare improvements (specifically patient care), environmental conservation and the preservation and improvement of the San Francisco Bay area. These four areas and the cornerstone of most of the grants and endowments from the foundation.

According to the original Statement of Founder’s Intent, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will

“Tackle large and important issues at a scale where it can achieve significant and measurable impacts.”


The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation operates and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

Operating Region

The private foundation work primarily in the San Francisco Bay area though its outreach is, in many respects, global.

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Supported Causes

Science: With 665 grants awarded in this area and a total grant amount of over $1 billion the foundation has supported individual scientists through the Moore Inventor Fellows program as well as large higher education institutions like Caltech. Other grants have been awarded in the areas of Data-Driven Discovery, Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Science, the Marine Microbiology Initiative, and the development of the Thirty Meter Telescope due to be constructed on Hawaii.

Environmental Conservation: Over $1,3 billion and 1,125 grants awarded, the foundation donates to community based projects, governmental initiatives and NGOs. The Andes-Amazon Initiative is significant with total grants of nearly $400 million to conserve over 170 million hectares of land in the Amazon.

Patient Care: The foundation has awarded 365 grants with a value of $400 million. Focused primarily in the San Francisco area, the foundation endowed the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis.

San Francisco Bay Area: Over $280 million awarded to 197 grantees, the foundation donates to causes such as science and technology museums and conservation activities that enrich and preserve the biodiversity of the region.

Grants/Award Programs

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has four key areas of grantmaking:

San Francisco Bay Area: The aim of grantmaking in this area to preserve the heritage and enhance the special character of the region. All projects are adjudicated on whether they will make a substantial difference.

Patient Care: Of interest to Betty, she is one of the driving forces behind grants, this focuses on improving both the outcome and experience of patient care in the medical and healthcare industry.

Scientific Discovery: This area of grantmaking is centered around providing grants for the advancement of science through the development of new technology, the support of innovative research scientists and cutting-edge frontier science that may have a large impact in the future.

Environmental Conservation: Grantmaking for environmental conservation projects is focused on developing models for conservation that can be replicated on a global scale. Research into marine, freshwater and land resources are managed, and projects that seek to find a balance between sustainable use and long-term conservation.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

  • The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals though it does accept inquiries related to their work. Within the four program areas defined by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, there are four filters applied to any program or project under consideration for a grant:
    • Whether the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation can make a significant impact with the donation
    • Whether the donation, and impact, is measurable
    • Whether the project is important
    • Whether the program or project contributes to increasing impact and reducing future risks: The Portfolio Effect.

Funded Organizations/Projects

  • The foundation has awarded thousands of grants to a diverse range of causes, individuals and institutions. Some of the largest include a $300 million grant to Caltech to support the advancement of the institution and technological development. Grants include the Center for Analysis of Higher Brain Function and Sunlight to Solar Fuels. Other scientific grants include the launch of three Data Science Environments at New York University, University of California, Berkley and the University of Washington.

Foundation History

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation was established in September 2000 with a $5 billion gift from Gordon Moore and his wife Betty. It is a private foundation, one of the largest in the world, and has a budget of at least $315 million annually.

Northern Charitable Foundation – Alex Dembitzer

The Northern Charitable Foundation (NCF)


The Northern Charitable Foundation (NCF)


The Northern Charitable Foundation supports initiatives that improve people’s health and quality of life. Their mission is to assist and empower disadvantaged groups. Under the leadership of Rosa and Alex Dembitzer, the foundation forms and supports various programs in the realm of public health and deals with hereditary cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and stem cell transplants. The NCF is committed to forming partnerships with established organizations and creating new programs for local communities.


The Northern Charitable Foundation headquarters are in New York.

Operating Region

The foundation predominately operates in Israel and the United States.

Foundation Contact Info

Office: 425 East 52nd Street, Office Suite, New York NY 100222.
Phone: 212 888 6920

Supported Causes

  • Ezer Mizion – an Israeli health support organization that offers a wide range of social and medical services to sick, disabled, elderly and underprivileged populations. The NCF funded the construction of the Ezer Mizion Headquarters and supports several programs led by the organization.
  • Early detection of BRCA mutations – One in 40 Ashkenazi Jews are BRCA mutation carriers, and so at higher risk of breast and/or ovarian cancer. The Dembitzer family and the NCF have made it their mission to drastically reduce the risk of death among carriers by raising awareness and improving access to testing.
  • Alzheimer’s disease – raising awareness about the disease, and the challenges of caring for people who suffer from it.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

Projects funded by the Northern Charitable Foundation must have the goal of improving the lives of adults and children who have major health issues or are in need of educational empowerment.

Funded Organizations / Projects

  • Jacob Fried Building – the Northern Charitable Foundation was the driving force behind the construction of the Ezer Mizion headquarters in Bnei Brak, Israel.
  • Ezer Mizion Bone Marrow Donor Registry–the Dembitzer family established a personalized donor pool within the Ezer Mizion Bone Marrow Donor Registry. The Ezer Mizion Registry has completed close to 2,500 donor-patient matches and over 2,200 stem cell transplants as in 2017.
  • Alzheimer Center Tzippora Fried– this project is sponsored by Mrs. Jackie Fried in memory of her late mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s. It consists of six centers all over Israel that support over 2000 patients and their families by providing information and guidance, counselling meetings and caregiver support groups.
  • Prevention GENEration– the program was started by Alex and Rosa Dembitzer after Rosa was diagnosed with breast cancer and ovarian cancer. As the disease was passed down through her father’s genes, and no one in her family had suffered from cancer before her, she did not know that she may be a carrier of the BRCA mutation. After a long and difficult battle against the disease, the Dembitzers decided to launch the program and start working with the Israel Cancer Foundation to help prevent others from suffering like this. As of 2017, over 40,000 people in Israel have taken its online questionnaire. Thanks to widely distributed brochures in Hebrew, English, Russian and Arabic the majority of the population has access to vital information about the importance of early-detection. The program operates in eight Israeli hospitals.
  • Israel Tennis Centers National Girls Teams– six teams of 60 girls from all over Israel. The goal of the project is to empower young female players and develop their leadership abilities as well as their tennis skills.
  • Independent Living Association
  • Aleh Foundation
  • Alyn Hospital Pediatric & Adolescent Rehabilitation Center
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Kenya Education Fund

Foundation’s History

The Northern Charitable Foundation was founded in 2007 by Alex Dembitzer, his wife Rosa Dembitzer and Jacqueline Fried.

4 Fabulous Fundraising Ideas That Actually Work!

Finding new fundraising ideas isn’t easy. Do you go ‘tried-and-trusted’, (but boring) or ‘weird-and-whacky) (might not work). Our 4 Fabulous Fundraisers are not only proven to work, but are creative and fun for everyone involved.

4 Ways To Put the FUN in Fundraising


  1. Scavenger Hunt – Fun for the Whole Family

A scavenger hunt is a great way to raise funds for a school, or for a school to raise funds for a community cause. Family teams, teams of friends and even local businesses can take part in a scavenger hunt. With a little upfront planning, you’ll be able collect funds ahead of time because each team will pay an entry fee to be able to join in the fun. We suggest teams of up to five people maximum, especially if you’re going to have them drive to any of the locations on your hunt.

Once you’ve decided on your scavenger hunt route, you can decide on how many stopping points you’ll have and what tasks you will ask your participants to perform. If you’re raising money for a cause, you’ll be able to use each stop as a way to generate awareness about different facets of your organization. You’ll only need to source a small gift for the winning team, because the real prize in a scavenger hunt is taking part.

  1. A Form Foundation – Engraved Bricks

If you’re looking for a way to raise money for any building project then ‘Engraved Bricks’ is a phenomenal way to get things started. The upfront costs will include a brick engraver, as well as the bricks, of course! Each ‘brick’ is sold to an individual, family, or group, and for the cost of their donation, their names will be engraved on the brick that will either be on a wall of the new building or on a walkway outside. It’s a way for people leave their mark, literally, and to raise awareness for your building project. The best part is that this can be an ongoing project – it works especially well for schools and colleges when you get your alumni to purchase an engraved brick when they graduate.

  1. Raffle With No Prizes – 50/50

Need a way to boost your raffle idea? Host a 50/50 Raffle instead of one with traditional prizes. There is very little cost involved, apart from printing raffle tickets and the idea is simple: The raffle winner gets 50% of the total money raised! People get a kick out of donating and watching the funds increase, and the more money there is, the more people want to donate.

  1. Give It Up – Give Big

To really get your supporters involved in your cause, why not ask them to ‘give it up’ and donate the money to your organization. It’s a superb way to really engage with your community, plus you’re not asking them to take anything ‘extra’ out of their wallets, but only to give up a snack, a beverage, or even a small meal and donate the money to your organization instead. This idea will need a little bit of marketing to get it started, but is extremely effective for a longer, or ongoing fundraising idea.

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation


Established in 1998, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation was formed as a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of wildlife, threatened ecosystems and climate change issues.


LDF is headquartered in California

Operating Region

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation operates in over 46 countries, supporting over 128 distinct projects and working with over 65 partners.

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Main Areas of Support

Working through direct grantmaking programs, strategic partnerships, media and public campaigns, the foundation works in several distinct areas:
Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation: to prevent the extinction of an increasing number of species whose habitats are being destroyed. Specifically, the fight against poaching, illegal hunting and the expansion of natural habitat and reintroduction of endangered species. LDF also seeks to protect the world’s endangered forests and natural wildlands.

Marine Conservation: to ensure the protection of ocean habitats, stop overfishing and to provide support to expand marine protection areas.
Climate Change: Public advocacy and media initiatives highlight the severe results of climate change to the planet.
Innovative Solutions in Renewable Energy: To provide funding to ensure that the transition to renewable energy can be accelerated and solutions made available to people globally.
Indigenous Rights: to protect and preserve the rights of indigenous peoples in some of the world’s most vulnerable regions.

Grants/Award Programs

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has provided grants and funding to projects in excess of $61 million. The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant requests and all inquiries should be made through the California Community Foundation, of which LDF is a component fund.
Main criteria for funding projects
LDF works almost exclusively with partners and projects with a focus on environmental issues.

Funded Organizations/Projects

  • Working with the World Wildlife Fund to protect the wild tiger population in Nepal.
  • Funding for projects supported by the Wildlife Conservation Network. Over $9 million has been made available to WCN projects.
  • Providing funding for ‘The Solutions Project’ to ensure that renewable energy solutions are made available to people around the world.
  • Support to ‘ClearWater’ projects in the Amazon, working with indigenous tribes to help protect land, culture and access to water.
  • Funding for ‘Ocean 5’. LDF is a lead and founding partner in the projects that will help stop overfishing, and establish more protected marine reserves.

The Foundation provides grants and funding for the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument.
Other grantees of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation include:

  • Inside Climate News
  • Global Fishing Watch
  • Lights on in the Amazon
  • The Elephant Crisis Fund

Other projects supported by LDF through partner programs:

  • Restoring degraded coastlines in Somalia
  • Identifying wildlife crime routes in Africa and Asia
  • Restoring the Atlantic coastline in Brazil
  • The Biomimicry Institute

Foundation History

Founded by actor and producer Leonardo DiCaprio in 1998. One of the first donations of the foundation was for $35,000, to the Los Feliz branch of the Los Angeles Public Library which was built on the site of his childhood home. The foundation is one of the largest environmental non-profit foundations focused entirely on environmental causes.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio – Out to Save Planet Earth

Place of Birth

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born in Los Angeles, California in 1974.


DiCaprio is a well-known actor, producer and longtime environmental activist.

Career and Environmental Activism Background

Leonardo DiCaprio started his career in the arts as a child, appearing in commercials and supporting roles in the daytime soap opera Santa Barbara and television sitcom Growing Pains. He started his film career in Critters 3, but quickly gained both commercial and critical acclaim for his roles in ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ and ‘The Basketball Diaries’. His breakout role, the one that garnered him international stardom, was ‘Titanic’ in 1997.

He is consistently praised by critics for his work in smaller, independent films, as well as his roles in epic blockbusters. He has won Golden Globes for acting for his roles in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and “The Revenant’, the latter earned him his first Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor.
His commitment to environmental activism was cemented when at the age of 24 he established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a non-profit group that is devoted almost exclusively to promoting environmental awareness around the globe. His acceptance speech at the academy awards was vehement on the topic of climate change and the urgent threat facing planet earth.

Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio


DiCaprio is the founder of a production company, Appian Way Productions. In 2009, he purchased an island off the coast of Belize where he intends on creating an eco-friendly resort. When he is not actively involved in the arts, DiCaprio devotes his time to environmental causes, using his fame to spearhead environmental projects and raise awareness. He is outspoken about the environment and renewable energy solutions and critical of governments that refuse to make significant changes in environmental matters. He has produced and appeared in several films and documentaries about the environment, including ‘The 11th Hour’, ‘Water Planet’ and ‘Global Warming’. In 2014, DiCaprio was appointed as a United Nations representative on climate change and in 2015, he produced the Netflix exclusive, ‘Cowspiracy’. In 2016, he produced and starred in ‘Before the Flood’, a documentary on global warming.

DiCaprio has served on the boards of several high profile environmental organizations including the World Wildlife Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Global Green USA.

Philanthropy and Sponsorship

Through the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, he has made several donations including a $35,000 donation to the Los Feliz branch of the Los Angeles Public Library which was built on the site of his childhood home. He has worked with orphans at the SOS Children’s Village in Maputo, Mozambique while filming ‘Blood Diamond’. In 2010, DiCaprio donated $1 million to the relief centers and efforts after the earthquake in Haiti and $1 million to the Wildlife Conservation Society at a tiger summit in Russia. In 2016, he donated $61,000 to Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAAD) as well as a massive $15,6 million to the various organizations that protect the rights of Native Americans and protect the environment.

Michael Saul Dell

Michael Saul Dell

Born Entrepreneur Michael Dell

Michael Dell was born in Houston, Texas. His mother was a stockbroker and father an orthodontist. Michael was ever anxious to enter the world of business and he took his GED, or high school equivalency exam at the age of eight. Throughout his teens, Michael worked several part-time jobs, investing his earnings in stocks. He was bitten by the technology bug early and despite his growing interest in business, he was fascinated by computers and how they worked. Dell is the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Dell Technologies.

An Early Start in the Computer Industry

Though Dell’s early start into the world of business netted him a good yearly salary, he started his college career as a pre-med student at the University of Texas. During his years at the university, he started a business, developing and then selling upgrade kits for his fellow student’s personal computers. He applied for a vendor license that allowed him to bid on state contracts for computer upgrades which was incredibly successful. Convinced that being able to sell computers directly to the public would be far more effective that the current reseller and indirect sales model, Dell started his first company in 1984: PC’s Limited. Focusing on computer upgrade kits, Dell incorporated the company in May 1984 as the Dell Computer Corporation.

Dell IncorporatedDell logo

By 1992, at the age of 27, Dell was the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and by 1996 the company started selling computers on the World Wide Web. The company had reported sales of $1 million per day and by 2001, had a reported global market share of 13% and the title of the World’s Largest PC Maker. In 1998 Dell founded MSD Capital L.P. which was a company that controlled the family investments and which currently employs over 80 people in the US and the UK. In 2004, Michael Dell stepped down as CEO but remained Chairman of the Board of Dell Inc. In 2016, Dell announced the acquisition of EMC Corporation for a record $67 billion, making it the largest tech-acquisition in history.

The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) was formed in 1999 with a focus on providing grants for urban education, family economic stability, and childhood health programs. In 2006, the foundation gave over $50 million to the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living, The Dell Children’s Medical Center, and the Dell Pediatric Research Institute, all based at the University of Texas. In 2013, a further $50 million was donated by the foundation to establish a medical school at the university. The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation is active in the United States, South Africa, and India. Since its inception, the foundation has donated over $1.23 billion to causes and programs. In 2014, Dell donated $1.8 million to the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.
The Dell Scholar Program is a significant part of the foundation and is aimed at providing financial assistance to underprivileged youth to enable them to attend college. The foundation recently launched a subsidiary company called the Ed-Fi Alliance, which provides data on students to educators to help them provide a more rounded education to students.

Ansara Family Fund

The Ansara Family Fund


The mission of the Ansara Family Fund is to end global poverty so that no parent is compelled to give their child up for adoption. In fulfillment of its mission, the Fund seeks to build sustainable physical and social infrastructure within impoverished communities so that local populations can become empowered and access financial stability. While the Foundation does respond to immediate needs in the face of emergencies, the overriding goal is to support systemic change that will continue long after the crisis has been resolved. To this end, the Foundation focuses on funding community-based programs and collaborative partnerships that involve the impacted individuals themselves, giving opportunities for leadership and ownership over home-grown solutions.


The Ansara Family Fund is housed at The Boston Foundation in Massachusetts.


The Ansara Family Fund operates internationally in pursuit of its mission to bring an end to global poverty. Its primary focus is on Haiti and Nepal, but it has also funded projects in Peru, Ecuador and Afghanistan.

Supported Causes
• Nutrition, Healthcare and Hygiene
• Shelter and Security
• Quality Education
• Natural Resources
• Equality and Political Power
• Sustainable Livelihoods
• Capital Markets

Foundation Contact Info

Email contact is preferred: ansarafamilyfund@tbf.org.

Inquiries about New England International Donors (NEID), a project of the Center for Global Philanthropy at The Philanthropic Initiative in Boston, may be directed to NEID@tpi.org.

Inquiries about the Haiti Development Institute may be directed to: SHackney@tpi.org.

Inquiries about Build Health International may be directed to: lroaen@buildhealthinternational.org.

Grants/Award Programs

The foundation provides direct support to organizations that work in their key areas of corporate social responsibility.

Funded Organizations/Projects

A brief look at funded organizations:

Prosperity Catalyst: An incubator and instigator of women-led businesses in Haiti and Iraq, focused on building platforms that empower women, creating pathways to economic stability. Prosperity Catalyst envisions a world where women are change agents, serving as catalysts to bring economic and social change to their communities and the world.

Partners in Health: Building sustainable healthcare infrastructure in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Russia, Mexico, Malawi, Peru, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Navajo Nation, Partners in Health pursues its mission of providing preferential healthcare services for the poor. Its goals are to bring the most cutting-edge, medically advanced healthcare technologies to the impoverished and thereby change despair to hope. Partners in Health draws upon an international cadre of physicians, scientists, researchers and others in the medical community to fulfill its mission around the globe.

Wellspring House: Wellspring House provides humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable and often-forgotten refugee populations that have been left out by major international humanitarian organizations: women, children and those living in urban centers. Their work is focused on communities and individuals who are in extreme danger and have no other resource. Wellspring House works across Africa, assisting those fleeing from persecution, war and civil unrest in their home countries.

Foundation’s History: The Ansara Family Fund was founded by Karen and Jim Ansara in 2005. From its humble beginning, operating out of their home, The Fund has grown to be an international philanthropy, funding organizations and partnerships around the world. It is now housed in the Boston Foundation, as a donor-advised fund.

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