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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.

Learn more about the event and its impact by visiting www.forbes.com.

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Malala Fund Receives First Donation

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Malala Yousafzai is fifteen years old. Last year, the Taliban, who sought to silence her from speaking up for Pakistani women’s education rights, shot her in the head. They shot to kill, but Malala was stronger than they had reckoned—and she survived.

“Here’s what they accomplished,” said Angelina Jolie, who spoke at the recent Women in the World Summit in New York City. “They shot her point-blank range in the head—and made her stronger. The brutal attempt to silence her voice made it stronger.”

Malala, who was moved to England for recovery after she was shot, now attends school in Birmingham. But she hasn’t forgotten what it was like when she was in Pakistan. She formed Malala fund, an educational charity designed to help more women and girls become empowered and educated in Pakistan and around the world.

On Thursday, April 4th, Malala announced the first donation to the fund—$45,000. “Today I am going to announce the happiest moment of my life, and that is the first grant of Malala Fund,” Malala said in a recorded video announcement that played at the Women in the World Summit. “I invite all of you to support Malala Fund and let us turn the education of 40 girls into 40 million girls.”

The video was presented by Angelina Jolie, who pledged to give an additional $200,000 to the charity. The first grant will be given to a group in Malala’s homeland, the Swat Valley in Pakistan. It will help to educate forty girls between the ages of five and twelve who would otherwise be forced into domestic labor. By giving the girls a safe place to study as well as providing financial support to their families, Malala Fund paves the way for women’s education and empowerment in Pakistan. .