Social Enterprise Causora launched its first crowd funding campaign earlier this month. The Causora site, which went live in March this year, was created as a way to provide incentives for people to give more charity by rewarding them with gift cards. The crowdfunding platform now allows nonprofits to create a campaign for direct donations. The crowdfunding campaign comes from the Child Abuse Prevention Center for its Dollars for Diapers program. The goal is to raise $2,500 in 60 days in order to provide low income families with diapers and other supplies. Causora was founded by Kai Buehler, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy has reported that Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen was the fourth most charitable giver in 2012. The list is an impressive roundup of the nation’s wealthiest people, many of whom have famously committed to The Giving Pledge, an initiative started by Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.
Buffet lives up to his words at the top of the list, with donations adding up to over $3 billion. Paul Allen’s childhood friend Bill Gates was surprisingly absent from the list, due mainly to the Chronicle’s methodology, which has already counted much of Gates’ philanthropy in previous years. Allen is now the chairman of Vulcan, Inc. which supports business ventures and charitable projects.
To read more about Paul Allen, check out his full profile.
Jenny Farrelly is a successful businesswoman who is dedicated to helping young people move up in the world. With a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Farrelly knows how far a good education can take a person.
Her education has taken her to KKR, the private equity giant led by co-founders Henry Kravis and George Roberts. Jenny Farrelly is a member of the Global Public Affairs team and key media contact for KKR. Her education was specialized for work in finance and corporate communications, and she has worked for other notable corporations like Edelman’s Corporate & Financial Communications practice, Citigroup, and Stifel Nicolas.
Jenny Farrelly’s résumé is enviable, but through her involvement in programs like the Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN) and Student Sponsor Partners (SSP), she has proven that she’s dedicated to helping others do the same.
Carle Mattone was born and raised in New York. In 1977, he graduated from Holy Cross High School in Queens and then went on to attend Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. In 1981, Mattone formed his own business, which specialized in maintenance and contracting development projects in Brooklyn and Queens. Mattone was acting construction supervisor, a role that eventually led him to join his father’s business, Mattone Group Ltd., as Vice President of Project Development.
He has been with the Mattone Group ever since. In 1990, Carl Mattone became Chief Operating Officer of the real estate company, and just five years after that he became President. He now oversees large construction projects like shopping centers and movie theaters, negotiates leases, makes sure all properties are properly maintained, and more. He is one of the most influential businessmen in Queens.
Besides his slough of duties as President, Carl Mattone also helps develop things other than real estate. He is a board member for the Battery Park City Authority, which has been a leader in planned community development. Its mission is “to plan, create, co-ordinate and maintain a balanced community of commercial, residential, retail, and park space within its designated 92-acre site on the lower west side of Manhattan.”
Carl Mattone has also supported his alma mater, donating money to Holy Cross High School in the past. He’s also worked school carnivals to support other area schools like Saint Anastasia’s Church. Raised with a spirit of giving, he and his company have donated to a number of other causes over the years: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade fund, the Queens Library Foundation, and a number of Catholic charities throughout Brooklyn and Queens.
One business executive who is doing big things in the philanthropy world is Thomas Uger, co-head of KKR’s Media and Communications industry team in North America. Uger received his B.A. from the prestigious Dartmouth College, and since then he’s kept himself active in the philanthropy scene.
The Dutchess Land Conservancy has a mission to protect wildlife habitats, forests, water, and open space in the county from being developed or damaged. It does so by gaining private property easements through donation or purchase. A landowner in Dutchess County, Thomas Uger made a significant donation the Dutchess Land Conservancy—125 acres, which includes a rare circumnatural bog lake home to many rare creatures and plants.
Also interested in preserving arts and culture, Thomas Uger served as a board member for the Katharsis Theater Company, which is currently on artistic hiatus. A classic theater group, Katharsis has put on productions of classic tales for contemporary audiences, aiming for dramatic interpretations of time-tested stories that hold universal truths, conditions, and experiences for all audiences.
As if his position at KKR didn’t keep him busy enough, Thomas Uger is also on the board of trustees for WNET. A non-profit organization, WNET is the “premier public media provider” in NYC. It is parent to two other public television stations and also hosts several digital services, websites, and more. It is governed by a board of 38 trustees that meets regularly throughout the year.
WNET is a major producer of media on local, national, and international levels, and has won several awards for its content—which includes programs covering arts and cluture, news, public affairs, science, natural history, documentaries, and children’s programming. WNET also hosts the annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning, a professional development conference for the world’s top educators, thinkers, and practitioners.
As a young boy, Conrad Prebys contracted a heart infection which left him bedridden for a year. After he found success in the government sector in San Diego, California, Prebys decided to help others avoid a similar fate. In 2011, he donated $45 million to Scripps Health in order to fund the construction of the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, a progressive cardiac center that will conduct research, offer graduate-level education, and provide the best in cardiac care.
Beyond his generosity in the medical field, Conrad Prebys has been a longtime supporter of several other arts and technological institutions. Read the rest of his profile here.
To say that John Arnold “retired” this May is misleading. John Arnold stopped his work at the hedge fund he managed in order to focus all of his attention on the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, a foundation he and his wife created “to produce substantial, widespread and lasting
reforms that will maximize opportunities and minimize injustice in our society.”
John and Laura Arnold are committed to the change they envision, and they want long-term solutions, not temporary fixes. They have invested much of the wealth they’ve accumulated to criminal justice reform, the restructuring of education for disadvantaged children, and the overhaul of public employee pension programs in their community.
Read the rest of their profile here.
After his work as the director of the Museum of Modern Art, one would think that Glenn Lowry would be fed up with working for the arts. Nevertheless, Lowry uses his spare time outside of the MoMA to support the arts through groups like the Judd Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving and spreading the works of Donald Judd, or the American Academy of the Arts, where he’s been named a fellow.
Glenn Lowry has dedicated his life to the arts, and he’s committed his resources and his time to making sure that others can do the same. Read the rest of his profile here.
Bruce Cohen has created magic onscreen as the producer of critically lauded films such as Big Fish, American Beauty, and Milk. Away from the cameras, however, he tries to create something else: change.
As the president of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), Cohen works for equal rights for Americans. AFER is currently focused on marriage equality, and they are the sole sponsor for the court challenge of California’s Proposition 8, a proposition that limits the definition of marriage in California. Cohen is involved in more than just AFER’s fight for equality, however.
Read the rest of Bruce Cohen’s profile here.
As a young researcher at an immunology lab, Pam Omidyar spent hours examining cancer cells in her lab. In order to relax after work, she would play video games, and she began to wonder if video games could also act as therapy for children struggling with cancer. And thus began HopeLab, a nonprofit that conducts research on a range of chronic illnesses, and that produces solutions like Re-Mission, a video game that helps youth cope with their cancer.
Pam’s work is made possible by her philanthropic work with her husband, Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. Together they founded the Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm, which empowers people to help their own communities. Read the rest of their profile here: Pierre and Pam Omidyar.