Robin Hood Foundation Gala Raises Over $80M

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On Monday, May 13th, the Robin Hood Foundation hosted a gala to raise money to help fight poverty in New York City. Over the course of the evening, the foundation raised over $80 million. The event was chock-full of celebrities, business leaders, and other well-known faces, many of them donating significant amounts of money to the cause.

Mary J. Blige, Bono, Elton John, and Brian Williams were among the entertainment for the night, as were comedians Louis C.K. and Jerry Seinfeld. Newlyweds Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel also attended the event, stopping to chat with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Paul Simon and Sting performed together on stage.

In 2011 the event raised about $47 million. In 2012, that number was beat by an impressive haul of $59 million. This year’s $80 million knocks both those numbers out of the water. The event was co-chaired by Timberlake and Biel, as well as by Paul Tudor Jones II and his wife Sonia; Henry Kravis and his wife Marie-Josee; and Leslie Moonves and his wife Julie Chen.

This event certainly isn’t the first time the Robin Hood Foundation has brought in big names, though. Last December, the foundation put on a benefit concert entitled “12-12-12,” with proceeds going to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Musicians like Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones performed at the concert.

Funds raised and distributed by the Robin Hood Foundation have been used to install libraries at public schools in NYC, feed homeless and hungry New Yorkers, provide for victims of 9/11, and support victims of Superstorm Sandy—to name a few.

Read our profile of Henry Kravis here.


Robin Hood Foundation- New York Anti-Poverty

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New York City is filled with organizations that are working to help combat poverty, but one of the best, and the most awesomely named, is the Robin Hood Foundation.  Founded more than 20 years ago, the foundation works with some of the most innovative thinkers and thought leader, including financiers like Goldman Sachs Group CEO Lloyd Blankfein or KKR’s Kenneth Mehlman.

The Robin Hood Foundation partners with innovative organizations in the New York area in order to help control and wipe out poverty. The Foundation is committed to affecting all pieces of the poverty puzzle, including chronic illnesses, education, and homelessness.

Read our full profile on the Robin Hood Foundation here.


Prominent People in Philanthropy: Marie-Josee Kravis

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Marie-Josee Kravis could almost be considered a deity in the art world. A sharp-witted journalist, knowledgable economist, and experienced political strategist, Mrs. Kravis had many options for areas in which she could fruitfully allocate her professional time. However, these no-nonsense career paths each eventually took a backseat to Marie-Josee’s passion for the arts. With her knack for business and respect for art of all styles, Mrs. Kravis currently serves as President of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Though she and her husband contribute sizable sums of money to art-based organizations including the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, and the Metropolitan Opera, they keep New York’s impoverished communities in mind too. The Kravises support the Robin Hood Foundation, which combats poverty in New York, and several other philanthropic organizations.

To read more about Marie-Josee Kravis, click here!