Some of the greatest contributions to worthwhile causes arise in the form of financial aid. Contributions from wealthy individuals are the key drivers of many nonprofit organizations that strive to help the needy. Some influential CEOs have managed to transform the world not only with intelligent, groundbreaking, and entrepreneurial ideas but also through charitable acts. Below are three CEOs who have excelled both in business and philanthropy worlds.
1. Warren Buffet
Warren Buffet is the world’s leading investor, board chairperson, and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway. In 2010, he collaborated with Bill and Melinda Gates to unveil The Giving Pledge, a platform through which the wealthiest individuals and families can donate their wealth to the philanthropic and charitable organization, either in their lifetime or after their death. The Giving Pledge allows pledgers to donate to any organization or group they prefer. The foundation has public pledges amounting to more than $125 billion.
Warren Buffet donates towards causes such as education, children, nuclear threats, health and economic development, and community services. He promised to give 99 percent of his wealth to charitable causes. Upon Buffet’s death, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will receive 83 percent of his pledged wealth and the rest will go to the foundation of his children.
2. Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg is a terrific investor and influential philanthropist. He founded Facebook and currently serves as its CEO. His charitable initiatives revolve around the fields of education, community development, technology innovation, health, and immigration reform. He is the brains behind the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, which started its operation in 2015. The initiative focuses on personalized learning, eliminating life-threatening diseases, connecting people, and establishing strong communities. Zuckerberg made an appearance on the celebrated Oprah Winfrey Show in 2010 and announced a donation of a record $ 100 million to the Public School System of the Newark, New Jersey.
3. Marc Benioff
Benioff is a leading American entrepreneur, accomplished author, and passionate philanthropist. He launched Salesforce in 1999, and he is the current CEO and chairperson. Salesforce is one of prominent cloud computing companies in the world. He funds the UCSF Foundation that raises funds to further research and treatment at the Children’s Hospital that is centered within The University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Recently, he donated a whopping $100 million to finance the construction the hospital’s new headquarters at the Mission Bay-based UCSF campus.
Philanthropy is a valuable fragment of a democratic society. It focuses on improving the well-being of people by preventing and coming up with lasting solutions to social problems. Wealthy entrepreneurs engage in charitable acts to support programs and endeavors whose aim is to make the world a safe and better place.
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