Giving Pledge adds 14 billionaires to list of philanthropists
The Giving Pledge announced on Tuesday that 14 more billionaires, including the CEOs of DoorDash and Pinterest, had pledged in 2021 to donate more than half of their fortune, bringing the total to 231 philanthropists from 28 countries.
Founded in 2010 by Bill Gates, Melinda French Gates and Warren Buffett, the Giving Pledge aims to foster a culture of philanthropy among the world’s richest to tackle the world’s biggest problems.
“I’ve always thought that if you’re in a position to help someone, you should do it,” Gates said in a statement. He said the new group “will continue to learn from each other and find new ways to maximize the positive impact of our philanthropy.”
This year’s new Giving Pledge philanthropists include Tony Xu, CEO and co-founder of DoorDash, and his wife, Patti Bao; Ben Silbermann, CEO and co-founder of Pinterest, and his wife, Divya; and Melanie Perkins and Cliff Obrecht, co-founders of the design platform Canva.
Jon Ayers, former CEO of veterinary services company IDEXX Laboratories and current president of Panthera, the global organization for the conservation of feral cats, also signed the pledge with his wife, Helaine. He said they wanted to learn from other philanthropists to be more effective with giving.
“I think it’s a commitment not just of money, but it’s a commitment of time to be good,” said Ayers, 65. “I think it’s a very, very important responsibility.”
Ayers and his wife have become the biggest private supporters of lion conservation in the world. Earlier this year, Ayers pledged $ 20 million over the next ten years to Panthera to preserve wild cats and their ecosystems across the world. After joining the Giving Pledge, he said, he plans to donate even more to Panthera and other nonprofits dedicated to wild cats and nature conservation.
Ayers, who became quadriplegic after a bicycle accident in 2019, said his work to try to protect feral cats, which are vital to their ecosystems, has become an inspiration to him.
“The challenges in my condition are quite significant,” he said. “It’s not an easy condition to take, but by having a purpose it helps me get excited every day.”
Other new Giving Pledge philanthropists have found singularly important causes for them.
Jack Schuler, former president of Abbott Laboratories and founding investor in Ventana Medical Systems, and his wife, Renate, plan to donate all of his wealth to the Schuler Education Foundation he founded to help send underserved students to colleges selective.
Jared Isaacman, CEO of Shift4 Payments, and his wife, Monica, signed the pledge after Isaacman pledged $ 100 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, shortly before piloting the first full mission. civilian in space earlier this year. This flight included a hospital ambassador to help raise the profile of his quest to find cures for many childhood illnesses.
Indian Anil Agarwal, Dutch Steven Schuurman, Brazilians David Vélez and Mariel Reyes, and South Korean couples Bongjin Kim and Bomi Sul, and Miseon Hyeong and Beom-su Kim, have also entered the Giving Pledge. Americans Ric and Brenda Elias, Jeff T. Green and Byron and Tina Trott also signed it in 2021.
“I am inspired to see how the Giving Pledge has become a movement of over 230 philanthropists from around the world who are committed to giving the vast majority of their wealth to solving some of our society’s most pressing problems. Gates said in a statement.
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