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Prominent People in Philanthropy: Ken Mehlman

Ken Mehlman
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Sometimes to change things in politics you need to have access to an insider, someone who believes in your cause and who knows how to get things done.  In order to cover all aspects of philanthropy more effectively we are profiling prominent individuals in philanthropy.

Ken Mehlman understands politics. So when the New York state legislature was debating whether or not to pass a same-sex marriage law in New York he knew what needed to be done.

The issue is an important one to Kenneth Mehlman as he’s been an active advocate for LGBT equality ever since he came out in the Atlantic in 2010. Since then, he’s helped to raise almost $3 million for marriage equality campaigns in New York, Maryland, New Hampshire and Washington State.

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Prominent People in Philanthropy: Joseph O’Donnell

There aren’t that many who can take a terrible personal loss and turn it into a quest for good.  In our quest to cover prominent individuals in philanthropy we are profiling prominent individuals in the field.  People like Joseph O’Donnell.

In 1986 Joseph O’Donnell, a well-known Boston business executive , lost his son Joey to cystic fibrosis. He was only 12.

In response, with his wife Katherine O’Donnell he founded the Joey Fund in his memory. In partnership with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Joey Fund raises money for research and to help New England cystic fibrosis patients and their families receive financial assistance for CF related problems. Since its founding the fund has raised over $51,000,000.

Read the rest of his profile up on his page here: Joseph O’Donnell.

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Prominent Profile in Philanthropy: Henry Kravis

There are those who are in business for business, and those who are in it to make the world a better place.  In the interest of keeping up-to-date in philanthropy we are profiling those individuals who take time out of their lives to make the world a better place.  One such businessman is Henry Kravis.

Henry Kravis is perhaps best known for his work in the board room as a founding partner of KKR & Co. But behind the scenes private equity mogul Henry Kravis does more than his share of charitable activities, working on projects that support everything from social and community development to education.

In partnership with Claremont McKenna College, Kravis’ alma mater, Kravis supports the Henry Kravis Leadership Institute. The organization sponsors the programs and training of future leaders of the school and, with Kravis’ help, the school has also been able to construct several new facilities including the Eaglebrook School, Deerfield Academy, and the Loomis Chaffee School.

To learn more about Henry Kravis, check out his entire profile.

 

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Prominent Profile in Philanthropy: Brooke Burke

Brooke Burke
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In the interest of exploring issues in philanthropy we are profiling prominent individuals in the field.  One such person is Brooke Burke.

Brooke Burke is the co-founder of the ModernMom Channel on YouTube, a free channel offering meaningful ideas, inspiration, and entertainment to mothers and parents. She also started a company called Baboosh Baby, which offered products and advice for pregnant women.

The oldest of nine children, Brooke Burke probably grew up with plenty of experience taking care of her younger siblings.  It makes sense that, as an adult, she would focus her attention on helping moms and pregnant women.

Read her full profile page here: Brooke Burke.