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Be the Change by Lisa Endlich

By Lisa Endlich

Meet the boys and girls whose deeply own philanthropy is dramatically altering the way in which we expect approximately giving There are 8.6 million millionaires within the usa, and those numbers are set to upward push in what's going to be the largest intergenerational wealth move in background. As $41 trillion money (or over thrice the nationwide GDP) strikes from the area warfare II new release to their child- boomer kids over the subsequent couple of many years, it's going to turn into primary that the beneficiaries of this wealth—even these no longer becoming a member of the ranks of the superrich—begin considering philanthropy, might be for the 1st time of their grownup lives. right here they're going to locate the non-public trips of the main profitable givers in their new release. This new iteration of wealth has already began to alter the face of philanthropy and to reshape the total nonprofit quarter. In Be the switch, bestselling writer Lisa Endlich provides 11 compelling profiles of this twenty-first century generosity. via candid, revealing, and sometimes impressive interviews, readers will enterprise into the hearts and minds of the pinnacle names in philanthropy today—men and girls who've selected to take advantage of their vast riches and effect to meaningfully enhance the lives of others within the so much dramatic methods. those intimate conversations comprise in-depth interviews with: Melinda Gates, one of many using forces in the back of the most important philanthropic association the area has ever obvious; Bob and Suzanne Wright, he is the previous vice president of GE and longtime head of NBC common and their Autism Speaks has introduced expertise of autism onto the nationwide and overseas level; Paul Tudor Jones, founding father of Tudor Investments and the Robin Hood starting place; Peter Bloom, founding chairman of the groundbreaking DonorsChoose.org. From Connie Duckworth, a former Goldman Sachs associate, who brings regular employment to Afghani girls and schooling to them and their youngsters, to Johann Olav Koss, an Olympic gold medalist who now strives to offer youngsters within the direst situations the opportunity to play, those philanthropists show that giving does not start or finish with a signed fee. They supply Endlich unique entry to the tales of ways they discovered from early mess ups and constructed a private, sustainable means of giving, and so they percentage the catalyzing second once they observed an issue so heartbreaking they just couldn't shrink back. In doing so, those new philanthropists supply necessary lessons—ones that might encourage readers to begin giving, hold giving, and turn into the switch they wish to work out on the earth.

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Most important, I felt as if I’d totally failed these kids. But that sense of utter failure was transformational for me. It was because of my failure at I Have A Dream that I realized 9 BE THE CHANGE you can spend all the money in the world, you can have the greatest idea in the world, you can throw all the energy and all the physical capital you have at a problem, but unless you have the right technology, the right delivery mechanism, and the right intellectual capital to solve these problems and, unless you have articulated goals and have a proven methodology that will allow you to achieve those goals, then everything else you are doing is simply fluff.

5 Melinda Gates attributes the origins of her and Bill’s unprecedented giving to her mother-in-law. Mary Gates was suffering from cancer at the time of her son’s wedding. A highly active community member, Mary Gates had been urging Bill to become more philanthropically active for years. Mary Gates was involved in an array of Washington State charities and was the first woman to chair the board of United Way International. Later she was asked to be a member of the University of Washington Board of Regents, and there she led a successful movement to divest the school’s investments in South Africa.

S. gets for her child when they are under the age of one . . ”14 In a true partnership, Melinda and Bill travel the world together learning about every aspect of public health. Like most Americans, their knowledge of disease in the developing world was limited until they embarked on this path. Their journey has led them to the long sorry history of malaria, the painful story of a blight that has been described in medical texts for at least five thousand years and may be the worst with which humanity has had to cope.

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