Philanthropy & Sponsorship
Dr. Greer has been serving as president of the New World Foundation since 1985. The New World Foundation is committed to creating channels for economic equality, democratic participation, educational excellence, equal access to healthcare, and the protection of civil and workers’ rights as well as pursuing peace throughout the world.
In addition to serving as president of the New World Foundation, Dr. Greer serves as the chairman of the board of directors for the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the LARK Play Development Center. In addition, he sits on the Boards of Alternet, the New York City Interfaith Center, the Center for Social Inclusion, The Opportunity Agenda, openDemocracy/USA, the American Institute for Mental Imagery, the Teachers and Writers Collaborative, and Tikkun Magazine.
This is a short list of projects that were funded by the Open Philanthropy Project in 2018.
Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund. A general support grant was made to support the Fund’s efforts to pass criminal justice reform legislation and other policy reform initiatives.
University of Bern. A grant was made to support a pilot project at the University to bring the Switzerland cage-free systems to the U.S. The project includes installation of equipment and education for US egg producers and the USDA about management of a cage-free system.
Working Families Party. A special grant was provided to support the Working Families Party’s efforts to bring about criminal justice reform, particularly to recruit and elect representatives who will pursue legislative and regulatory reform.
Nuclear Threat Initiative. A three-year grant was made to support the work of the Initiative to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention and reduce the risks of biological threats across the globe.
- The New Majority Fund
The New Majority Fund is engaged in labor organizing and initiatives in immigrant communities to fight against exploitation, poor working conditions, and unsafe residential environments.
The New Majority Fund collaborates with the Phoenix Fund for Workers and Communities. The Foundation has supported worker centers and national advocacy channels focused on labor and immigration rights.
- Climate Action Fund
The New World Fund supports the work of the Climate Action Fund to reverse the impacts of fossil fuels on global climate change, funding leading organizations across the globe in countries including Nigeria, Mexico, Brazil, India, Thailand, South Africa, and the Philippines.
- Civil Opportunities Initiative Network
The New World Foundation funded the project launch of the Civil Opportunities Initiative Network, identifying 21 at-risk high school graduates from five states who would be supported and tracked through their 4-year college education. In addition to monetary support, the Foundation provided mentorship, internship and networking opportunities that were designed to increase the students’ chances for college success and becoming leaders in their communities.
The Awesome Foundation has funded thousands of initiatives. Here are two projects that were funded in 2018:
- Oaktown Ballers, a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California. Oakland Ballers is devoted to creating opportunities for at-risk boys and girls to become proficient in the sport of baseball. A special effort is made to provide baseball skills training to minority girls, so they can compete in games. A long-term outcome is leadership development and educational achievement.
- Ciclochard is a unique initiative of a Milan homeless assistance agency. For many years, a group of volunteers has been providing hot meals and drinks to the homeless. However, they learned that what the homeless yearned for was connection. A group of 110 volunteers is working with the homeless to access community-based projects that give them connection, responsibility and a sense of self-worth.
The Awesome Foundation was launched by Tim Hwang in 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. Hwang wanted to create a channel whereby simple, but impactful ideas of individuals could receive a modest amount of funding. He organized a group of 10 friends and launched what would become the Awesome Foundation.
The application process was online and very simple. Hwang and his original group of trustees found that $1,000 was small enough to not worry about accountability but large enough to give life to projects and ideas. The projects they funded did not stop once the money ran out. They secured the attention of the public, drawing more support so they could grow and become annual or ongoing projects.
Place of Birth
Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
Activism, Philanthropy, Social Entrepreneurship
Craig Kielburger graduated from Trinity College at the University of Toronto with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. He then completed the dual-school Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program.
When Craig Kielburger was just 12 years old in 1995, he read about the story of a 12-year-old Pakistani boy, Iqbal Masih, who was murdered on account of his efforts to end child slavery in carpet mills. The story of Masih’s activism and fate taught Kielburger that one person could indeed make a difference in the world. He enlisted his brother and classmates in his efforts and launched an advocacy group called Kids Can Free the Children. One of the group’s first projects was a petition campaign to free children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, who was imprisoned by the Indian government.
No longer content with just reading stories in newspapers, Kielburger traveled to Southeast Asia to get a first-hand look at the conditions there. Despite his request being initially denied, Kielburger managed to arrange a meeting with Jean Chretien, who was prime minister of Canada at the time and who was also visiting the region. The meeting garnered media attention in Canada and around the world. Kielburger eventually was interviewed on 60 Minutes and on The Oprah Winfrey Show, both of which increased the visibility of Free the Children, which went on to become WE Charity.
Accomplishments and Special Recognition
- Youngest individual to graduate from Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program
- Awarded 15 honorary doctorate and other degrees in recognition of his extensive work in human rights and education.
- Publisher of 12 books, frequently on the New Times Best Seller List.
- The CAW Nelson Mandela Human Rights Award
- The Order of Canada
- The World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child
- Voted as one of the most trusted influencers in Canada by a Reader’s Digest poll
- Named with his brother Marc in 2015 as Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the Broader Public Sector
- All info from: www.craigkielburger.com
The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation was founded in 2004 by Heather Reisman to confront the problems of literacy and educational failure in
Canadian schools. The data was stark. One-third of students in the 3rd grade lacked basic literacy skills. High illiteracy rates were creating a reality of high dropout rates later.
The most impacted were students living in poorer communities. They lacked the financial resources to build up literacy among their student population. Teachers were spending money out of their own pocket for textbooks and other reading materials.
Indigo Books & Music, Inc. decided to tackle the problem head-on by creating a foundation that would ensure access to books and other literacy materials. The focus would be on Canada’s disadvantaged elementary schools.
In 1989 David Suzuki produced a radio series called It’s a Matter of Survival. The series not only won an award, but also warned of impending environmental catastrophe. Thousands of shocked listeners wrote to Suzuki asking how this could be averted and thus a movement was born. A dozen like-minded people met in November 1989 and in September of the following year, the David Suzuki Foundation was officially launched. The foundation’s first projects focused on the economics of sustainability and on forestry, fishing, species at risk, and pesticides. The foundation soon expanded to include a variety of local projects and worked alongside indigenous communities residing on the west coast of Canada as well as ond international projects aimed at tackling the environmental crisis.