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Robert Edward “Ted” Turner

Robert Edward “Ted” Turner

Place of Birth

Cincinnati, Ohio

Industry

Media/Entrepreneur

Robert Edward “Ted” Turner
Robert Edward “Ted” Turner Media Mogul to Environmental Philanthropist

Early Career

Ted Turner attended a private high school in Chattanooga, Tennessee before attending Brown University where he initially majored in Classics before changing to Economics. While at Brown, he was president of the Brown Debating Union and captain of the sailing team. He was expelled from the university before graduating for having a female student in his dorm room, though subsequently awarded an honorary degree from Brown in 1989.
He joined his father’s advertising company in 1960 and in 1963 became president and CEO following his father’s suicide. The company worked primarily in outdoor advertising, specifically billboards and thrived during the 1960’s. In the late 1960’s Turner began purchasing radio stations across the southern states, selling them in 1969 to buy a struggling television station in Atlanta, and the Turner empire had begun.

Business

Turner had the foresight to know that people would one day turn to cable television stations as they wanted more choice. He spent several years developing the right sort of programming that encouraged cable companies to carry his station to free their schedules. With over 2 million subscribers and a net worth of over $100 million, he changed the name of the company to Turner Broadcasting System.
He bought both the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks in 1976 turning the Braves into a household name by broadcasting their games to all his subscribers in the TBS network.
In 1978 Turner asked Reese Schonfeld to help him realize plans to start a 24-hour news channel. Schonfeld responded that it would take $20 million to start and several million per month to operate. Turner sold a station in North Carolina to fund the establishment of the Cable News Network (CNN). He is quoted as saying: “We won’t be signing off until the world ends. We’ll be on, and we will cover the end of the world, live, and that will be our last event… we’ll play Nearer, My God, to Thee before we sign off.”
In 1996 the Turner Broadcasting System, merged with Time Warner and Ted Turner took on the role of vice chairman, heading up the company’s cable networks division. Though he supported the Time Warner merger with AOL but lost nearly $7 billion when the stock price plummeted following the merger. He resigned from the board in 2006 and has devoted his life to philanthropy. Turner is one of the United States’ largest landowners with assets nearly 2 million acres across the country.

Philanthropy and Sponsorship

In 1990 he established the Ted Turner Foundation which provides rants to projects and programs that focus on the environment and population. In 1998, Turner pledged $1 billion to the United Nations and established the United Nations Foundation to administer the funds. He also helped found the Nuclear Threat Initiative with a $250 million grant. Through the Captain Planet Foundation, Turner has sponsored over 1800 environmental projects submitted by children to improve local school and community areas.

Ignota Foundation

Ignota Foundation

Name

Ignota Foundation

Mission

The Ignota Foundation has one clear goal: to provide funding for two years of university for at least one child from each comprehensive (state) school in England.

The founder and trustees of the Ignota Foundation are committed to providing financial help without placing an undue sense of indebtedness on the recipient. Unlike traditional scholarships and financial aid programs, the Ignota Foundation remains anonymous during most of the process, based on the belief that “No student should feel beholden to a wealthy benefactor.”

The foundation’s growth strategy is intended to be organic with recipient schools nominating two other schools as part of the process.

Headquarters

The foundation is headquartered in London, England.

Operating Region

The Ignota Foundation operates across England.

Foundation Contact Info

Website: http://www.ignotafoundation.org
Email: guy@ignotafoundation.org
Tel: +974 5567 5036

Supported Causes

  • Nominees are chosen for their motivation and ability to overcome personal difficulties rather than their academic achievements.
  • Recipients are encouraged to participate in the funding of their education as well as meet specific academic goals.
  • Ignota works with the school and teachers to identify candidates, instead of a standard application and selection process.

Programs and Grants

The Ignota Foundation has an elegant scholarship program that funds the first and third years of university. The student is responsible for self-funding the second year of study. Funds are paid anonymously, directly to the university. Each scholarship is subject to the student maintaining and reaching specific academic goals that they have set themselves.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

The Ignota Foundation does not have a typical scholarship application process. Schools are nominated for the program by other recipient school and the foundation works with the head teacher and head of sixth form to select an underprivileged pupil who would probably not be able to attend university without extensive financial aid. The foundation does not choose candidates based only on academic results. Many of them have overcome personal difficulties, and often they will be the first in their families to even contemplate applying for university.

The school remains an integral part of the selection process at every step. Once an Ignota scholar is chosen, it is the school that delivers the news, not the foundation. Recipients of an Ignota scholarship are not made aware of the source of the donation or the Ignota Foundation until after they have completed their degree.

Funded Organizations / Projects

Ignota’s first three full scholarships were awarded in 2016 to students from Woodbridge High School in Essex, Malmesbury School in Wiltshire, and Oaks Park High School in Essex. The students chose to attend Goldsmiths University, University of Exeter, and University of Birmingham.

Foundation’s History

The Ignota Foundation was officially established in 2015. However its founder began granting scholarships privately in 2014. Feeling grateful for his own success, the founder of Ignota set out to make a difference to the lives of other young people in the UK. He built the foundation on the principles of giving and receiving. As such, the foundation strives to give young people the opportunity to succeed without making them feel beholden to anyone. The founder of Ignota has chosen to remain anonymous, as have all of the donors.

The foundation is supported by several trustees who work with the schools during the various selection stages and are responsible for monitoring the progress and evaluating the process. Trustees of Ignota Foundation include Harry Blain, founder of art gallery Blain|Southern, educator Ben Yourd and former Christie’s Vice President, Guy Bennett.

Kenneth Cordele Griffin

Place of Birth

Kenneth C. Griffin was born in Daytona Beach, Florida

Industry

Investments/hedge fund management
Early Career

Born in 1968, Kenneth Cordele Griffin was somewhat of a math prodigy and excelled in high school. He graduated from Harvard University in 1989 with a degree in economics. During his first year at Harvard he started investing after being inspired by an article in Forbes magazine. He established a hedge fund in his second year of college with investments from his family and friends totaling $265 000. He formed a second fund in 1987 and between both had assets under management of around $1 million.
After graduation, Griffin was approached by founder of Glenwood Capital LLC, Frank C. Meyer who gave Griffin $1 million to invest on his behalf netting returns of around 70%.

Kenneth Cordele Griffin, the founder of the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund, 2014. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune)

Business

Griffin founded Citadel in 1990 with starting assets under management of around $4.6 million. In 1998, the company had over $1 billion in investment capital and over 100 employees. Today Citadel manages over $28 billion in assets. He is also the owner of Citadel Securities, a Wall Street market maker. Griffin is outspoken on the issue of regulations in the financial services industry and has testified at several government hearing on the need for regulations and regulatory guidelines to keep pace with changes in the markets, specifically surrounding fairness in American equity markets. He is a member of the G100, a group of 100 CEOs that meet to discuss issues and challenges in the global economy. Griffin is politically active and has provided financial backing to candidates that support a more streamlined and limited government. He endorsed Senator Marco Rubio for the 2016 republican presidential nomination. In 2015, he donated $5.8 million to Freedom Partners Action Fund, Right to Rise USA, Future45 and Conservative Solutions PAC.
Griffin serves on the board of several non-profit organizations in Chicago including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Philanthropy and Sponsorship

Founder of the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund, Griffin is a prodigious donor to a number of causes and organizations in his personal capacity. In 2006 together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Griffin funded the opening of a new charter school in Chicago. In 2007, griffin donated $19 million to the Art Institute of Chicago, and in 2014, donated $150 million for Harvard University, earmarked for needs-based undergraduate financial aid. The foundation announced a $125 million donation to the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago.
Kenneth Griffin is not only an avid art collector but one of the most active in the world. His purchases have always made headlines in the press. He paid $60 million for ‘Curtain, Jug and Fruit Bowl’ by Paul Cezanne in 1999, and $80 million for ‘False Start’ by Jasper Johns in 2006. In 2016, he purchased Willem de Kooning’s ‘Interchange’ for $300 million and Jackson Pollack’s ‘Number 17A’ for $200 million.

Personal Life

Griffin is divorced from his second wife Anne Dias-Griffin founder of Aragorn Global Management. He has three children and is primarily based in Chicago.

The David Bohnett Foundation

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Name

The David Bohnett Foundation

Mission

The David Bohnett Foundation has a few very specific focus areas. The overarching purpose of the foundation is to support causes that benefit society through social activism. The foundation provides grants and donations to projects and organizations that work in the following areas:

  • The positive and increased portrayal of LGBTQ people in the media
  • Organizations working specifically in Los Angeles for the betterment of all citizens
  • Gun control and the reduction in the sale of handguns as well as gun violence prevention
  • Voter registration and education
  • Environmental causes

Headquarters

The foundation is headquartered in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.

Operating Region

While one of the foundation’s focus areas is specific to Los Angeles and to providing grants to non-profit organizations that work in the city and for the benefit of the citizens of Los Angeles, the foundation also provides grants within the key focus areas to non-profits across the United States.

Foundation Contact Info

Office:

David Bohnett Foundation
245 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90212
310.276.0001 Phone
310.276.0007 Fax
info@bohnett.com

Supported Causes

One of the key causes for the David Bohnett Foundation was the establishment of CyberCenters across the United States. These Internet cafes provide education, research and recreational opportunities for local LGBTQ communities using the Internet. The first CyberCenter was established at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, and there are currently 60 CyberCenters across the United States.

Programs and Grants

The David Bohnett Foundation provides funding in the following areas:

  • LGBT Community
    • Funding to groups and organizations that strive to provide equal rights and protections for all LGBTQ people.
  • CyberCenters
    • Community centers for the LGBTQ community across the United States
  • Fund for Los Angeles
    • Arts and culture funding for groups enriching the creative and cultural ethos of Los Angeles
  • Gun Violence Prevention
    • Funding for advocacy and research groups
  • Leadership Initiatives
    • Support and funding for development of leadership initiatives
  • Animal Language
    • Funding for research programs and understanding greats apes and chimpanzees

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

The main criteria for funding from the David Bohnett Foundation is that a non-profit provide substantial evidence-based data to show success and be in one of five main funding areas supported by the foundation. Unsolicited project requests are not accepted for the Fund for Los Angeles. LGBT organizations and other socially active organizations may apply using the stated grant guidelines available on the David Bohnett Foundation website.

Funded Organizations / Projects

Grants have been awarded to the following non-profit organizations in the following areas. Current and past grantees include:

  • LGBT Community: $22 million
    • ACLU Foundation of Southern California
    • Ali Forney Center
    • Equality California Institute
    • Columbia Law School
  • Fund for Los Angeles: $68 million
    • Aid for AIDS/The Serra Project
    • All Saints Parish
    • Arts High Foundation
    • Calstart Inc.
  • Gun Violence Prevention: $4,6 million
    • Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
    • Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
    • Sandy Hook Promise Foundation
  • Leadership Initiatives
    • UCLA Lushkin School of Public Affairs Fellowship Program
    • NYU Wagner Fellowship Program
    • UM Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
    • Harvard’s Kennedy School
  • Animal Language: $2 million
    • Center for Great Apes
    • ASPCA
    • Animal Grantmakers
    • Friends of Washoe
    • Lincoln Park Zoological Society

Foundation’s History

The David Bohnett Foundation was established by David Bohnett in 2000. The initial endowment to establish the foundation was $32 million. In its first year, the foundation donated $2 million to LGBTQ organizations, gun control programs, voter registration initiatives and AIDS services.

David C Bohnett

David C Bohnett – Activism and Gay Rights

David Bohnett

David Bohnett- By Mathew Imaging [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Place of Birth

David Bohnett was born on April 2nd 1956 in Chicago, Illinois.

Industry

Technology Entrepreneur.

Early Career

David Bohnett was raised in Chicago. In high school he sold Amway and delivered newspapers to make extra money and he also developed an interest incomputers and computer science which led to his decision to attend University of Southern California where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He attended the University of Michigan for his post graduate degree where he graduated with an MBA in finance from the Ross School of Business in 1980. He worked as an information systems consultant for Arthur Andersen for a few years but left to work for several software companies. David Bohnett has been an activist for gay rights his entire life and worked tirelessly for the rights of same sex couples prior to marriage equality legislation being introduced.

Business

David Bohnett was right at the forefront of the development of the World Wide Web. He developed the website GeoCities.com with John Rezner and it is credited as being the very first social networking site on the Internet, the precursor to sites like MySpace and Facebook. Users of the site were able to create free webpages that were organized by user and community interests. GeoCities was the first Internet venture that was built on user-generated content. By 1997 it was the 5th most popular website on the Internet and it doubled its initial share price when the company was taken public in 1998. GeoCities was sold to Yahoo in 1999 for $3,57 billion with Bohnett netting around $300 million.
His success with GeoCities led to Bohnett investing in several other tech companies and the establishment of Baroda Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Los Angeles that focused on early stage investments in technology companies. David Bohnett is an actively involved in many of the tech companies that he has invested in.

Philanthropy and Sponsorship – The David Bohnett FoundationDavid Bohnett Foundation logo

One of the first things David Bohnett did after the sales of GeoCities was to set up the David Bohnett Foundation which is a non-profit that provides resources to projects and organizations pursuing social change through activism. The foundation received an initial grant of $32 million from Bohnett and in its first year of activity, donated over $2 million to LGBT organizations, gun control programs, voter registration and AIDS projects. To date the foundation has donated over $109 million to various causes in its wide focus areas. The foundation helped establish over 60 David Bohnett CyberCenters which are ‘safe-haven’ internet cafes where members of the LGBT community have access to information, support and resources.

Bohnett is a founder member of the Los Angeles chanter of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) which focuses on lobbying media companies for more accurate and representative portrayal of homosexuality in the media. He was the single largest contributor to the cause to stop Proposition 8 in 2008, donating over $1 million to defeat the bill and bring about marriage equality in California. Bohnett is also passionate about classical music and was the chairman of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association between 2008 and 2013.

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Name

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Mission

Bloomberg Philanthropies has five key areas on which the organization focuses most of their funding:

  • Environment
  • Education
  • Public Health
  • Government Innovation
  • Arts & Culture

The organization notes that by focusing on these five areas, they can ensure better and longer lives for the greatest amount of people. Bloomberg Philanthropies works on a wide range of issues and donates and funds a diverse range of projects within each funding area. The foundation offers both funding and community services to the public in each funding area. The driving force behind many of the health initiatives Mike Bloomberg is passionate about funding and projects that work in tobacco control, obesity health projects, road safety and mental health.

Headquarters

Bloomberg Philanthropies is headquartered in New York, United States.

Operating Region

The foundation operates on a national level in the United States, as well as at a local and state level in education and government innovation. Many of the environmental and public health grants are disbursed on a global scale in developing nations.

Foundation Contact Info

Office:

Bloomberg Philanthropies
25 East 78th Street
New York, NY 10075
+1 212-205-0100

Official Contact Form

Supported Causes and Significant Grants

Bloomberg Philanthropies support in their five key operating areas is further segmented into support for the following causes in each area:

Environmental Causes: The foundation is focused on making a difference by combating climate change and supporting projects that promote clean and renewable energy sources.

Public Health: The Bloomberg Philanthropies public health program is lead by epidemiologist Kelly J. Henning. Key areas of support include reducing tobacco use, road safety, the eradication of polio worldwide, obesity programs and a global focus on women’s health and reproductive health services in Africa and Latin America.

Education: The foundation works primarily at a local level supporting programs that seek to change public policy and improve the public-school system in the United States.

Government Innovation: Bloomberg Philanthropies supports several initiatives aimed at fostering innovation in America’s cities. Latterly, the foundation has increased the reach of this initiative with the 2016 Mayors Challenge that included Latin America and the Caribbean.
Arts & Culture: Focused mainly on large scale projects in New York City and other metropolitan areas, Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched several public art programs and made large donations to national arts programs.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

The foundation works exclusively through key partners to identify programs that may be awarded grants. The foundation does not work directly with individuals and grant proposals are by invitation only.

Funded Organizations / Projects

Bloomberg Philanthropies also work with several strategic partners including the World Health Organization, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, H&B Agerup Foundation and EMBARQ. Strategic partnerships are a key component to Bloomberg Philanthropies. Since 2006 the foundation has made many large donations to programs in focus areas as follows:

  • Environment:
    • $50 million to the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in 2011.
    • $6 million to the Environmental Defense Fund to help in the fight against fracking
    • $53 million to Vibrant Oceans in 2014
  • Public Health:
    • $220 million in the fight to reduce tobacco consumption globally. By 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies had donated over $1 billion to tobacco related causes globally, focusing on low- and middle-income countries.
    • $50 million to the Global Family Planning Initiative in 2014
    • $16.5 million to the Obesity Prevention Program in Mexico in 2012
  • Government Innovation:
    • $16.2 million awards to five different cities for establish Financial Empowerment Centers in 2013
    • $42 million to launch What Works Cities in 2015 – aimed at helping 100 American cities use evidence-based data to improve services

Foundation’s History

Founded by Michael Bloomberg in 2006, Bloomberg Philanthropies is led by Mike Bloomberg with Patricia E. Harris as Chief Executive Officer. It is the 12th largest foundation in the United States.

George Peabody

George Peabody – The Father of Modern Philanthropy

Place of Birth

George Peabody was born in 1795 in Massachusetts. He died in 1869 in London. He was accorded the highest

George Peabody Daguerreotype, possibly the George Peabody of Salem, not the m:w:en:George Peabody from South Danvers, Massachusetts

By Southworth & Hawes (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, via Wikimedia Commons

honor of temporary burial in Westminster Abbey by Queen Victoria. His statue stands at the Royal Exchange in London.

Industry

Investment banking

Early Career

Born and raised in South Danvers which is now called Peabody, in Massachusetts, George Peabody was one of seven children from a modest family. He was only able to attend school for a few years leaving at age 11 to start work in a general store. Much of his commitment to philanthropy is based on the deprivations experienced during his formative years. After his apprenticeship he became manager of the store and just three years later was a partner in a wholesale dry goods business. In a classic rags-to-riches story he amassed over $40,000 by the time he was twenty-two. Where most people would have been content to enjoy the fruits of their labor, Peabody continued to expand his business, moving to Baltimore and even expanding into international trade. After 20 years, George Peabody moved to London, which was considered the very epicenter of the global banking and financial industry and became a banker and financier.

Business

George Peabody was instrumental in helping the fledgling nation of the United States establish lines of credit in Europe. This was essential at the time as all international transactions were settled in gold certificates or gold itself. The banking firm of George Peabody and Company was established in 1851. It was during his early years in London that Peabody was rejected by London society as being representative of several states in America who had defaulted on their loan repayments to Europe. Through his work with several states and noted journalists he was slowly accepted back into the top echelons of society. Peabody had no heirs and so in 1854, he took under his tutelage and as partner, Junius Spencer Morgan, the father of JP Morgan. The two financiers worked together until Peabody’s retirement in 1864. Peabody’s reputation as a financier was strong enough to withstand the run on banks in 1857 and he retired with a fortune of approximately $10 million.
Peabody, Morgan & Co eventually went on to be known as JS Morgan & Co and the world’s three largest banks: JP Morgan Chase, investment bank Morgan Stanley and Morgan Grenfell (now part of Deutsche Bank) can all trace their heritage back to George Peabody.

Philanthropy and Sponsorship

Though considered somewhat miserly to employees and even relatives, George Peabody was a generous donor to public causes and charities. His title of the father of modern philanthropy is because he gave away nearly all of his fortune during his lifetime, a practice that has been continued by philanthropists like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller and Bill Gates.
The Peabody Education Fund was endowed in 1867 with $3,5 million and specifically earmarked for education development in the poorest areas of the United States. The Peabody Trust established in 1862 to provide housing for the poorest people in London continues to this day as one of the largest housing organizations in the United Kingdom.
Other education and charitable organizations set up by George Peabody include the Peabody Institute (now the Peabody Institute Library), Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University and the Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University.

Michael Rubens Bloomberg

Michael Rubens Bloomberg

Place of Birth

Mike Bloomberg was born in Boston on February 14th, 1942

Industry

Entrepreneur/ Politician/ Philanthropist

Michael Rubens Bloomberg
Michael Rubens Bloomberg

Education and Early Career

Michael Bloomberg was born and raised in Boston. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He attended Harvard Business School where he graduated with an MBA in 1966. Bloomberg started his career on Wall Street and by 1973 was a general partner in Salomon Brothers investment bank. When the firm was bought out, Bloomberg was retrenched without a severance package though he owned around $10 million worth of equity in the firm. He set up his own company Innovative Market Systems which tapped into the need of the financial business community to have access to high-quality accurate business and financial information and news. With Merrill Lynch as the fledgling company’s first customer installing 22 of the aptly named Market Masters, the company was an instant success and was renamed Bloomberg L.P. in 1987.

Business Ventures and Political Career

Bloomberg L.P. currently has over 325,000 subscribers worldwide and is the owner of a radio network. Products like Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Message and Bloomberg Tradebook helped make the company a success. Bloomberg held the position of CEO of Bloomberg L.P. until his appointment as Mayor of New York City from 2002 until 2013. He is widely credited with revitalizing the public-school system in the city and creating a record number of jobs by revitalizing specific industrial areas. Some of the key focus areas during his tenure have been adopted on a national level. They include a ban on smoking in all indoor areas as well as at parks and beaches. His anti-poverty programs including the Center for Economic Opportunity and the Young Men’s Initiative have been successfully replicated across the United States. He was responsible for transforming the city’s $6 billion deficit into a $3 billion surplus by creating significant tax breaks for large companies for the “good of the whole community”. By 2015, Michael Bloomberg regularly makes the Forbes Billionaires List and by 2015 he was the 6th richest person in the United States. After his tenure as Mayor, Michael returned to Bloomberg L.P. but began dedicating himself to his philanthropic work.

Philanthropy and Sponsorship: “In God we trust; everyone else bring data”

Bloomberg Philanthropies focuses on five key areas, all with the underlying motivator of driving significant and lasting change. Environmental issues, public health, education, government innovation and arts & culture. While the non-profit is committed to outcomes-based donations, they rely heavily on evidence-based data to help choose which areas to invest in. The organization has made contributions to several environmental campaigns including the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign as well as the Environmental Defense Fund. Public health initiatives include funding for research and is the largest funder for tobacco-control efforts worldwide, to the tune of nearly $1 billion. In 2016 Bloomberg Philanthropies donated $300 million for the establishment of the Bloomberg American health Institute. In 2015 alone, Michael Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies had donated or pledged $510 million. To date he has donated over $1,8 billion to 850 charities and non-profit organizations.

Saby Charitable Foundation

Saby Charitable Foundation

Name

Saby Charitable Foundation

Mission

The Saby Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Kazakhstan. It is on a mission to promote public awareness of local charitable ventures and make philanthropy both effective for those benefiting from it, and attractive to potential sponsors. Dedicated to the most vulnerable population sectors, the foundation helps disabled people, and disadvantaged young people achieve a brighter and more secure future.

All programs run by the foundation are based on the belief that philanthropy should help people improve their own lives rather than presume to solve problems for them. Main areas of activity include: academic support, vocational education and medical assistance for orphaned or abandoned children and young people; financial help and enrichment for gifted children; funding and guidance for innovative business initiatives; upgrade and renovation of educational infrastructure and medical facilities.

Headquarters

The foundation’s headquarters are in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Operating Region

Saby Charitable Foundation operates nationally across Kazakhstan.

Foundation Contact Info

Address: 050020, Almaty, Dostyk, 250
Phone / Fax: +7 (727) 311 29 38
Email: saby@saby.kz

Supported Causes

• Helping disadvantaged young people secure a brighter future through education and professional training
• Improving subsidized transport and general access for people with disabilities
• Sports development
• Raising funds for underprivileged children who need medical treatment abroad
• Supporting and encouraging young entrepreneurs and business innovators
• Strengthening existing social and educational facilities by providing high quality training and upgrading their physical infrastructure.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

All programs funded by the Saby Charitable Foundation focus on uplifting Kazakh society, healthcare and economy. The Saby team selects partners and projects at their discretion, guided by the foundation’s values and the needs of their target audiences. Anyone interested in receiving or providing support through the Saby Foundation can read more and make contact via the foundation’s website.

Funded Organizations / Projects

• The Alem Program supports gifted children and young people, in a wide variety of fields, and helps them realize their potential

• The Education Project helps young people who grew up as orphans achieve a tertiary education

• The Medical Project aims to improve Kazakhstan’s medical system by providing better equipment and advanced training for medical staff

• Give Life to Children raises funds to take sick children abroad for medical treatments that are not possible in Kazakhstan

• A Decent Life for Disabled People helps people with disabilities integrate into society by upgrading the public infrastructure to better suit their needs

• The Youth Program helps young people who grew up in orphanages and boarding schools start their independent lives by offering training courses, employment opportunities, and affordable apartments

• Sport-Health Achievements increases access to sports and exercise for young disadvantaged children

• Orkendeu is dedicated to building and renovating schools, playgrounds and housing facilities for underprivileged children

In addition to these programs the foundation also holds an annual competition called Build Your Business in which young entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses are invited to pitch their ideas with the goal of winning a generous non-reimbursable grant. The event was initiated by the foundation’s co-founder Kenes (Kenges) Rakishev, who also takes an active part in the selection process. Since the program’s initiation in 2013, the Saby Foundation has granted a total of more than US$1 million to over 40 participants.

Foundation’s History

The Saby Charitable Foundation was founded in 2002 by Kenes (Kenges) Rakishev and his wife Assel Imangalievna Tasmagambetova. Since it was launched, the foundation has developed a start-up competition and eight core programs – all ongoing. In 2018, the foundation’s annual budget was recorded as exceeding US$17 million.

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