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The Rotary Foundation – Service Above Self

Mission

The Rotary Foundation logo

The Rotary Foundation hopes to improve lives by building global relationships. The foundation’s goal is to create a better, more peaceful world for all and specifically to put an end to polio forever.

Headquarters

The headquarters of the Rotary Foundation is situated in Evanston, Illinois in the US.

Region

The Rotary Foundation is a global network. The foundation has satellite headquarters in New Delhi, India as well as in Parramatta, Australia. Projects are undertaken by over 35,000 clubs across the world in regions throughout Asia, North America, Central and South America, Australia, and the rest of the Pacific.

Supported causes

The foundation is dedicated to six main areas of focus:

  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Ensuring clean water, hygiene, and sanitation
  • Saving children and their mothers
  • Promoting literacy and education
  • Enhancing local economies
  • Eradicating polio

Foundation Contact Info

OFFICE ADDRESS

Rotary International
One Rotary Center
1560 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201-3698, USA

Toll-Free Telephone Number

+1 866-976-8279

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

Over USD 86 million has been allocated to a range of initiatives including:

Funded Organizations/Projects

Programs include:

  •  Rotary Peace Fellowships – Every year, 100 professionals from across the globe are selected to receive academic fellowships at Rotary Peace Centers.
  • Rotary Community Corps – Uniting foundation members with non-members in communities to work together to tackle challenges within the community.
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) – A leadership development program geared for young people. The goal is to help them learn new skills and build confidence.
  • Rotary Youth Exchange – By facilitating exchange students, one young person at a time can help build peace across nations by learning new languages and discovering other cultures.
  • New Generations Service Exchange – A short-term customizable program aimed at helping university students and young professionals to design exchanges that link their professional goals to humanitarian projects.

The Foundation’s History

The Rotary Foundation was founded by Chicago attorney Paul Harris in February 1905. His idea was to bring professionals from various backgrounds together so that they could exchange ideas and collaborate to give back to communities in need. The first donation to the Rotary Foundation in 1917 was USD 26.50. In 1930, the Rotary Foundation made its first official gift of USD 500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. Within 16 years of its founding, the organization established clubs across six continents. During World War II, clubs in Germany, Japan, Austria, Spain, and Italy were forced to break up. However, despite the risks, some clubs continued to meet informally and keep the dream alive until they could begin to rebuild after the end of the war. In 1979, the Rotary Foundation began fighting polio by launching a project to immunize six million Philippine children.

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld – Comedian, Actor, and Philanthropist

Place of Birth

Jerry Seinfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 29, 1954.

Industry

Jerry Seinfeld is a well-known comedian.

Jerry Seinfeld

Early Life and Career

After attending Massapequa High School on Long Island and spending some time volunteering on Kibbutz Sa’ar in Israel, Jerry Seinfeld enrolled at the State University of New York at Oswego. After two years there, he transferred to City University of New York’s Queens College where he graduated with a degree in communications and theater. During his time in college, Seinfeld participated in college productions. He also became interested in stand-up comedy and began performing at open-mic nights.

Road to Success

After graduating from college, Seinfeld was spotted doing an open-mic performance at Catch a Rising Star in New York, which led to him having an opportunity to be featured on the Rodney Dangerfield show. Seinfeld was then cast as Frankie, a mail-delivery man on a sitcom called Benson. He was fired from the show but then made an impressive appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jonny Carson. This led to further invitations to make appearances and eventually the opportunity to do his own show, Stand-Up Confidential on HBO. In 1988, he launched a sitcom called Seinfeld in collaboration with Larry David. The show became one of the most successful and popular sitcoms in American television. After the sitcom ended, Seinfeld returned home to New York and again started doing stand-up comedy.

Philanthropy

Jerry Seinfeld and his wife, Jessica, are committed to helping alleviate poverty around the world. Their philanthropic work includes hosting several charitable events every year and making donations to worthy causes. The couple started an organization called GOOD+ to help them with their charitable ventures. GOOD+ has a mission to stop family poverty by providing essential products, like clothing, for babies and people in need. Seinfeld also started the Seinfeld Family Foundation to improve children’s education and health as well as the arts. Launched in 2000, this organization has so far donated nearly USD 2 million to selected causes.

Charitable Events

By hosting events every year, Seinfeld raises money for GOOD+ and the Seinfeld Family Foundation. Every year, he holds a Halloween bash where celebrities get together in costume with the goal of raising money for a good cause. For the past 11 years, Seinfeld has held a gala in which donated goods are collected for families in need. So far, over USD 42 million worth of products has been donated to a range of antipoverty projects across the nation.

Corporate Sponsorship

Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld proactively seek out sponsorships from appropriate companies. Corporate sponsorships include brands like Ergo Baby, Weil, Seventh Generation, and Children’s Place. The idea is to create lasting partnerships with companies open to helping with in-store promotions, hosting events, or sponsoring essentials needed for babies and children.

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh — Political Commentator, Radio Talk Show Host

Place of Birth

Cape Girardeau, Missouri in 1951

Industry

Radio & Television

Early Career

Rush Limbaugh launched his radio career when he was only 16. Adopting the handle Rusty Sharpe, he began spinning records as the station disc jockey.

After graduating from high school in 1969, Limbaugh attended Southeast Missouri State University, leaving after two years to become a DJ in Pittsburgh. He continued in the radio industry, working at several stations and ultimately ending up in Sacramento, California in 1984.

In Sacramento, Limbaugh began to build a solid following of conservative listeners. In 1988, he moved to New York City and became the host of a national radio show. It came at an opportune time, falling between the two major US party conventions.

By the early 1990s, Rush Limbaugh had become the most popular talk show host on radio. His style combined performance with a hard-hitting, intellectual presentation of the facts. He became renowned and appreciated for his wit, satire, and sharp humor. He was unafraid to touch upon even the most taboo subjects of the day or to take on national personalities. Eventually, his show was syndicated to more than 650 radio stations across America. Today, the show reaches more than 20 million listeners every week.

Advocacy and Philanthropy

Rush Limbaugh has used his platform for philanthropic causes, among them the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America. His annual Cure-A-Thon broadcast on his three-hour radio show has raised more than $47 million to advance the organization’s research and family-support programs.

The stated mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma as well as to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Founded in 1949, LLS has partners and chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Limbaugh and his wife, Kathryn, have personally contributed more than $600,000 to LLS.

Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation

Rush Limbaugh is also a strong advocate and supporter of the US Armed Forces. He has used his show to raise awareness of the accomplishments and needs of the country’s military personnel. In particular, Limbaugh has been a long-term supporter of the Marine-Corps Law Enforcement Foundation and has helped to successfully channel millions to support the organization. His designer tea company, Two If by Tea, has been a sponsor of the Foundation since 2011.

The Marine-Corps Law Enforcement Foundation was founded in 1995. It supports the children of fallen soldiers by providing medical assistance and scholarships. More than $50 million has been distributed to qualified children since its founding.

Awards and Recognition

Rush Limbaugh is one of the most famous voices representing conservatives in America. He has received multiple awards from the industry and other media platforms. The National Association of Broadcasters honored him with the Marconi Radio Award for Syndicated Radio Personality of the Year five times since 1992.

In 1993, Limbaugh was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998. Time Magazine listed him among the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and Forbes Magazine named him as one of the 50 Most Powerful Celebrities in the United States.

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise—Actor, Director, and Musician

Place of Birth

Gary Sinise was born in Illinois in 1955.

Industry

Gary Sinise is a well-known actor, director, and musician.

Early Career

After graduating high school, Gary Sinise attended Illinois State University. While there, he co-founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, which has given notable actors the opportunity to showcase their talents and provided Sinise with the opportunity to develop his directing skills.

Sinise began to attract the attention of the film industry with his work on True West, for which he was an actor and director and for which he earned an Obie Award in 1982. He went to collaborate with Tom Hanks on three iconic movies: Apollo 13, Forrest Gump, and The Green Mile.

In 2004, Sinise began acting on television in the hit series CSI: New York, playing the role of detective Mac Taylor.

Advocacy and Philanthropy

Gary Sinise’s first major advocacy project was Operation Iraqi Children. He wanted the world to know the reality of how US soldiers were rebuilding communities and helping children in Iraq. Former President George W. Bush presented Sinise with the Presidential Citizen Medal for his efforts on behalf of the American military and of children in Iraq.

Sinise has narrated several projects for the US military, including Army Strong recruitment advertisements, the History Channel’s World War II in HD, and Missions that Changed the War, which aired on the Military Channel. He is the national spokesperson and leads significant fundraising efforts for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. In addition, he co-hosts the annual National Memorial Day Concert, which takes place on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

Sinise has been given several awards for his tireless work on behalf of military veterans, active-duty personnel, and their families, including being named an honorary Marine by the US Marine Corps and an honorary Chief Petty Officer by the US Navy.

Musician

Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band has been a successful vehicle for his work on behalf of veterans and the Armed Forces. The band was co-founded with Kimo Williams and is named after Sinise’s famous character in Forrest Gump—Lieutenant Dan Taylor. The band travels the world on USO tours and brings global attention to the contributions of the US Armed Forces.

Gary Sinise Foundation

The Gary Sinise Foundation was founded in 2011 to build upon Sinise’s personal efforts on behalf of veterans and defense personnel. The mission of the foundation is to “serve and honor our nation’s defenders, veterans, first responders, and their families.” The foundation’s myriad of initiatives includes building homes for veterans dealing with severe disabilities, visiting hospitals and rehab centers, and serving meals to troops preparing for deployment.

Sinise received the US Army’s third highest civilian award in 2013—the Outstanding Civilian Service Award—in recognition of his work.

Stupid Cancer

Mission

Stupid cancer logoThe Stupid Cancer organization aims to improve the health outcomes of young adults with cancer and to empower and support them.

Headquarters

The Stupid Cancer headquarters are located in New York City.

Region

The organization operates throughout the United States.

Supported causes

Stupid Cancer supports a range of on-the-ground events and online programs. From 2012 until 2016, the Stupid Cancer road trip traveled across the United States every April to raise money for and awareness about young adult cancer. The organization also launched Planet Cancer, a global digital platform aimed at helping young adults with the illness. In 2010, Planet Cancer published a book about cancer and the platform was subsequently purchased by LIVESTRONG in 2013. Between 2008 and 2016, Stupid Cancer held the OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults, which became known as the event that defined the young-adult cancer movement and that would serve as the global voice for the community.

Foundation Contact Info

OFFICE ADDRESS

40 Worth St, Suite 808
New York, NY

TOLL FREE NUMBER

(212) 619-1040

E-MAIL ADDRESS

contact@stupidcancer.org

For online donations, you can go here.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

Stupid Cancer funds projects that raise awareness about young adults with cancer and that help establish a supportive community for them and their families.

Funded Organizations/Projects

Currently, two on-the-ground events are being run by Stupid Cancer—an annual four-day conference and several local meetups. Cancercon is a conference held in Denver, Colorado every year where young adults with cancer meet and participate in workshops, group discussions, and a range of social activities. Stupid Cancer meetups allow anyone affected by young-adult cancer to meet and interact with peers in the same situation in their local area. Meetups are held at parks, bowling alleys, and other social venues. Online programs include regional support groups, shows, and an informative blog.

The Foundation’s History

In 1995, a young 21-year-old concert pianist named Matthew Zachary was diagnosed with brain cancer and was told he would not live longer than another six months. Because of a lack of resources about young-adult cancer, Matthew and his family were offered minimal comfort and support. In 2004, nine years after his diagnosis, Matthew founded Steps for Living, which then became the I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation in 2007. In 2012, the foundation became known as Stupid Cancer.

In 2007, Stupid Cancer was listed by TIME Magazine as one of its Best 50 Websites and by FOX News as one of its Top 10 Healthcare Blogs. In 2010, MTV described Stupid Cancer as “the dominant youth cancer nonprofit” and in 2011, the Washington Post credited Stupid Cancer as “an unparalleled resource for cancer patients in their teens, 20s, and 30s.”

Dr. Colin Greer

Industry

Philanthropist, Author

Early Career

Dr. Colin Greer’s professional life began as a professor at CUNY’s Brooklyn College. Dr. Greer directed several published research studies at both CUNY and Columbia University on the topics of U.S. immigration policy and urban schooling policy and history. His expertise on these and other socio-economic policies would later come to the attention of leading politicians.

Business

Dr. Greer is a prolific author, with an extensive list of critically-acclaimed books such as The Plain Truth of Things and A Call to Character, co-authored with Herbert Kohl. His two best-known works are The Great School Legend and Choosing Equality: The Case for Democratic Schooling, for which he was awarded the American Library Association’s Eli M. Oboler Intellectual Freedom Award.

Dr. Greer was the founding editor of Social Policy Magazine and Change Magazine. For the past 17 years, he has been a regular contributing editor to Parade Magazine. In this capacity, he interviewed Mikhail Gorbachev and Bishop Desmond Tutu, among other world leaders.

Dr. Greer also enjoys writing fiction, poetry, and stage scripts. His poetry has been published in Hanging Loose and Transformations. Bombed, a play that Dr. Greer wrote about the bombing of Hiroshima, was staged in New York City in 2015. Two other plays, Spinoza’s Solitude and Imagining Heschel, are part of a collection called Religious Differences Between Artichokes published by Lantern Books. Recently, Dr. Greer has become an active blogger and his articles can be found on his website.

Politics

Dr. Greer chaired the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation for a decade. During his tenure from 1992-1994, he chaired the White House Internship Financial Aid Committee. His expertise on the topics of education and philanthropy as well as the government’s role in supporting philanthropies and social justice made Dr. Greer a much sought-after resource for politicians, particularly former First Lady Hillary Clinton. Greer wrote briefing papers on philanthropy and government for Clinton and prepared talking points and position papers on education policy for Senator Paul Wellstone.

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.

Open Philanthropy Project

Open Philanthropy Project

Name

Open Philanthropy Project

Mission

Two visionary organizations were merged into one joint philanthropic effort—the Open Philanthropy Project.

Give Well, a charity evaluator was founded in 2007 by Holden Karnofsky and Elie Hanson. Good Ventures, a foundation was co-founded by Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz in 2011. In both cases, the founders were interested in donating to causes that would help humanity on a global scale. Because of their shared vision, the decision was made to join forces and the Open Philanthropy Project was born in 2014.

In 2017, the Project began to operate independently. The primary funders of the Open Philanthropy Project are Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz.

The mission of the Open Philanthropy Project is to give effectively throughout the world, to create a foundation upon which the work they support can be replicated by others. Their vision is of a day “when every person’s needs are met and each of us is empowered to shape our own life.”

Headquarters

San Francisco, California

Operating Regions

The Open Philanthropy Project funds organizations across the United States and Canada, as well as abroad, including Europe.

Foundation Contact Info

Website: https://www.openphilanthropy.org
Email: info@openphilanthropy.org
Address: 182 Howard Street #225, San Francisco, CA 94105

Supported Causes

The Open Philanthropy Project makes long-term investments in causes that are addressing systemic challenges in the world, such the financial, emotional and physical costs of Alzheimer’s disease, pursuing criminal justice reform, preventing pandemics etc.

The Project has set four basic focus areas, that are very broad, allowing for flexibility and freedom when considering grantees. They are:

  • Global Health & Development
  • U.S. Policy
  • Scientific Research
  • Global Catastrophic Risks

Grants/Awards Programs

Within U.S. Policy, the Project is focused on macroeconomic stabilization, criminal justice reform, immigration policy, land use reform and farm animal welfare.

Within Scientific Research, the Project is focused on the science supporting biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, human health and wellbeing, transformative basic science, science policy and infrastructure, and scientific innovation: tools and techniques.

Within Global Catastrophic Risks, the Project is focused on potential risks from artificial intelligence and biosecurity and pandemic preparedness.

Specific focus areas within Global Health & Development are still being developed.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

The New World Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. Community-based organizations and social movements that aim to change the paradigm in their state or region receive priority consideration. The Foundation is especially concerned about collaborating with organizations and individuals from socio-economically disadvantaged communities.

The Foundation prefers to provide operating support rather than fund specific programs. This aligns with the Foundation’s focus on strengthening leaders and community-based organizations so they can create the initiatives needed in their communities. To this end, the Foundation provides multi-year operating grants that not only allow programmatic activities to flourish but create an environment for new leaders to emerge and succeed.

Funded Organizations/Projects

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 World Foundation

The New World Foundation

Name

The New World Foundation

Mission

The New World Foundation was founded in 1954 by Anita McCormick Blaine. “The New World Foundation aims to bring about better international understanding and a condition in which …all people might live in amity, and in recognition of their responsibility toward one another.” (Anita Blaine) Its mission is to eradicate apathy in the American political system and to cultivate and create pathways for individuals to become advocates and change agents.

Headquarters

New York City, New York.

Operating Regions

The New World Foundation seeks to maximize its impact by providing cluster operating grants in regions where several organizations can collaborate to bring maximum resources to address the needs in their communities.

Regions with a higher demographic of impoverished and working poor receive priority. By focusing its grantmaking in this way, the Foundation can also contribute to building solidarity among stakeholders and encourage organizations to move past the single-issue mindset.

Foundation Contact Info

Website: https://newwf.org/
Email: reception@newwf.org

Adress: 680 West End Avenue, #1C New York, NY 10025

Telephone: (212) 249-1023

Supported Causes

In the initial years after its founding, the New World Foundation focused primarily on funding educational initiatives and programs that created positive dialogue between constituent groups and international governments. In its second decade, the Foundation expanded its focus to include civil rights and political organizations. Today, the Foundation also supports programs related to economic development, climate and food justice, and immigration reform.

Grants/Awards Programs

The New World Foundation provides operating grants. Funded organizations may also be eligible for:

  • Technical Assistance: To help an organization improve its operational capacity.
    Seed Grants and Matching Grants: These are for startup initiatives, and to build sustainability in focus areas.
  • Small Discretionary Grants: On an infrequent basis, the Foundation may find it valuable to provide emergency assistance to help an organization cover its cash-flow deficit, develop marketing materials for pitches to new donors or cover the cost of travel to institutional capacity-building workshops.
  • Special Project Grants: These grants support new ideas and new influencers at the local level.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

The New World Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. Community-based organizations and social movements that aim to change the paradigm in their state or region receive priority consideration. The Foundation is especially concerned about collaborating with organizations and individuals from socio-economically disadvantaged communities.

The Foundation prefers to provide operating support rather than fund specific programs. This aligns with the Foundation’s focus on strengthening leaders and community-based organizations so they can create the initiatives needed in their communities. To this end, the Foundation provides multi-year operating grants that not only allow programmatic activities to flourish but create an environment for new leaders to emerge and succeed.

Funded Organizations/Projects

  • 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

The Awesome Foundation

Name

The Awesome Foundation

Mission

The Awesome Foundation is a global movement devoted to funding grassroots projects around the world. Its vision is to recognize the individual and the ideas that come from ordinary people who want to do something to change the world. They created a funding vehicle whereby nothing, not even bureaucracy and paperwork, will stifle creativity and hinder a project from reaching its full potential.

Headquarters

Boston, Massachusetts.

Operating Region

The Awesome Foundation operates 89 chapters located in 18 countries around the world. Each chapter acts autonomously, pooling their own money from ten or more micro-trustees. The chapter makes funding decisions independently.

Supported Causes

The Awesome Foundation chapters decide what causes and projects to support. Interest areas are not bordered but are governed primarily by chapter location and the interests of the chapter members.

Grants/Awards Programs

Awesome Foundation chapters award a $1000 grant every month to support an awesome idea. Chapters are a collective of individuals who pool their private monthly donations of $100 to reach the $1000 that is available to fund projects. Chapters are typically formed around shared ideologies, causes, hobbies and other factors that bring people together.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

The Awesome Foundation looks for projects that will have a wide reach, with a preference for applicants who will contribute to their own community. Applicants can be individuals, organizations or citizen’s advocacy groups. Projects can focus on the arts, community development, technology training and any other area that will create change in a community. The foundation particularly favors ideas that are novel in their approach to the issue being addressed, or that are experimental. The key word is “awesome.”

Funded Projects

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.

Foundation’s History

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.

Craig Kielburger

Place of BirthCraig Kielburger

Thornhill, Ontario, Canada

Industry

Activism, Philanthropy, Social Entrepreneurship

Education

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.

Early Career

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.

Philanthropy

Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur. He is the founder of a global social movement dedicated to empowering people to change their communities. With his brother Marc, Craig Kielburger built a network of international philanthropic projects that are providing comprehensive solutions to help move disadvantaged people out of poverty.

WE Charity is the parent organization of several initiatives, including WE Schools, WE Day, WE Villages, and ME to WE.

WE Schools is a unique, year-long educational program delivered to thousands of schools across North America and the UK that cultivates compassion in young people and gives them the tools to generate transformative social impact. WE Schools provides a unique curriculum and educational resources to inspire students to find the local and global issues that they are passionate about and to take action on them.

WE Day is a series of arena-sized events that bring together the best speakers and performers to celebrate the efforts of young people who have made a difference by taking at least one local and one global action through WE Schools.

WE Villages works to empower people and transform communities in developing countries through a unique, holistic, and sustainable approach that seeks to tackle the most common causes of poverty, which are a lack of education, water, health, food, and opportunity.

ME to WE is a social enterprise that sells products through which people can make an impact on the world and the proceeds of which go to a constructive social cause. More than 50% of these proceeds are reinvested in the 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
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