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Forbes Hosts Annual 400 Summit on Philanthropy

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Warren Buffett and Bill Gates play ping pong as they honor their shared hero, philanthropist Chuck Feeney. IMG: via Forbes.

Earlier this month, Forbes hosted its third annual Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, an occasion that brought together some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, activists, and philanthropists. The event, held at the New York Public Library, was formed with the mission of creating innovative solutions for educational issues. At this year’s summit, these issues included discussions such as how to increase access to education for girls in the developing world, as well as in supporting K-12 schools in the United States.

The event was considered incredibly successful, according to leaders at Forbes and prominent attendees. Says Forbes Media President and CEO Mike Perlis, “This was another outstanding Philanthropy Summit. From research on brain development to improving America’s public schools, the discussion around education was thoughtful and energizing. He adds, “We’re very please that we can leverage the power of the Forbes brand to convene some of today’s most influential thought leaders and share their knowledge and ideas with the Forbes audience across all of our platforms,” of how important it is that the annual Summit draws out such influential and innovative global figures.

Forbes Editor Randall Lane agrees that this year’s Summit on Philanthropy was incredibly successful, and perhaps even the company’s best yet. He says, “Last year’s Summit focused on global poverty, and we led a team to Liberia to turn our plans into actionable results. This year’s agenda, from top-to-bottom, was our best yet, and we hope to spur similar results on behalf of the world’s children.”

The 2014 Summit on Philanthropy also honored two individuals who have dedicated their lives to bettering those of others through philanthropic and educational outreach. Teach for America’s Founder and Chair Wendy Kopp received the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and Chuck Feeney, Founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies was awarded with the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy. Other prominent guests in attendance included formidable women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai, Warren Buffett, Paul Tudor Jones, Jeff Skoll, Sara Blakely, Laurene Powell Jobs, and many others.

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Prominent People in Philanthropy: Jon Bon Jovi

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It’s safe to say that Jon Bon Jovi don’t “give love a bad name,” especially with the kindness he exudes in his philanthropic efforts. While almost everyone is aware of his popular contributions to the rock music industry, considerably fewer know of his charitable generosity. Since the 1980’s, when Bon Jovi’s stardom rose, he has been giving to philanthropic causes. His contributions started small and eventually experienced a snowball affect. This year, Bon Jovi was rated number one on Forbes’ Most Charitable Celebrity list for his efforts aiding Special Olympics, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Project H.O.M.E, Covenant House, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and several other causes and non-profits. He has spent time educating himself on the plights of the less fortunate including homelessness and poverty.

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Prominent People in Philanthropy: Bill Gates

Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard University and went on to found one of the world’s largest computer software companies, Microsoft. Since then, he has donated billions to charity, ranking number one on the Forbes Top 400 List for philanthropists in 2012. Most recently, Gates, along with his friend Warren Buffet, formed The Giving Pledge, which encourages the very wealthy to promise to give away at least half their wealth either during life or after death. Bill Gates is one of the most philanthropic and interesting entrepreneurs of all time.

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