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After toiling away to make a new company a success, many entrepreneurs would want to hang on to as much of the fortune they amounted as possible. But that was not the thinking of Cari Tuna and her future husband, Dustin Moskovitz, a Facebook co-founder, in 2010, when they both were in their mid-20s. They decided they would give away most of their multibillion-dollar fortune to charity.
In 2010, Tuna and Moskovitz became the youngest couple ever to sign on to the Giving Pledge, the campaign started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to encourage the world’s billionaires to commit to giving away most of their wealth, reports The Chicago Tribune.
The pair believed that most of the money Moskovitz had made, which was estimated at $8.1 billion according to Forbes, should be returned to society in their lifetimes. But first they had to figure out how and where to give it away.
“The conventional wisdom is to say, ‘What am I passionate about?’ and go for something in that area,” Tuna said. “That can be a great way to do things, but at the same time, I think that by just going with that, you’re leaving a lot of opportunity for impact on the table.”
Tuna and Moskovitz, now 29 and 30, respectively, spent three years researching what to do with the money. Finally, after hundreds of interviews and trips that took them from Washington think tanks such as the Brookings Institution to health clinics in Myanmar and villages in Kenya, they have honed in on four major “buckets”: U.S. policy, global catastrophic risks, international aid and science. And in early 2015, they will announce their first major gifts.
“I came to this work without a really fixed worldview as most philanthropists do that are coming to this after highly successful careers in other fields,” said Tuna, who serves as president of Good Ventures, the couple’s foundation. “I have a blank slate, and I’m trying to use that as an advantage.”
No one ever wants to hear news that negatively affects the well-being of others. There are just way too many natural disasters and man-made tragedies that really make you ask why. Thankfully there are organizations out there that are trying to help. Sure we can’t make everything go away but we can do the best to our ability to help out. Here are 10 organizations making a difference in the world.
He may play the long lost, illegitimate black son in Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” returning July 13, but in real life, Pooch Hall was shown nothing but love from his TV fam as they came out to support a charity close to his heart.
In March, the actor and his wife Linda hosted a first-of-its-kind Special Needs Family Prom in North Hollywood, Calif. that doubled as a “Sweet 16” party for their own special needs daughter, Djanai.
The couple’s charity organization, Djanai’s Angels, threw the event as part of its goal to raise awareness and enrich the lives of families of children with special needs. Participants enjoyed red carpet arrivals, a candy cocktail hour, prom photos, a “Sweet 16” birthday cake for Djanai, an inclusive fashion show and the crowning of Prom King and Queen. Music was provided by their very own special needs DJ… DJ Kripple King.
The day was designed as an opportunity for supporters and families to mingle with celebs, learn about Djanai’s Angels and raise funds for the inClusion Clubhouse, a planned facility that would cater to the needs of families with special needs kids.
Read more about Pooch Hall’s charity work at EurWeb.com
To say that many of us were shocked to hear about Paul Walker’s death is an understatement. As confirmation began to spread, celebrities and fans expressed their sadness and disbelief about this tragedy; by all accounts, Paul Walker seemed like a great guy offscreen.
But for his second family, the cast and crew of The Fast & the Furious franchise, the news has hit them on a deeper level. They were just starting to wrap up on the seventh installment and with the much time being spent over the last 12 years, the relationships become more than just “co-workers.”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson” took to Twitter to express his sadness regarding Paul Walkers death:
James Wan, the director of The Fast & the Furious 7, was understandably in a state of disbelief:
“Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers & our birthdays are only 1 day apart, now You will forever hold a place in all our hearts @paulwalker legacy will live on forever. R.I.P.”
Vin Diesel added:
“Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace.”
Tyrese’s reaction really encompassed what everyone who knew him seemed to be feeling:
“My heart is hurting so bad no one cam make me believe this is real Father God I pray that you send clarity over this cause I just don’t undertsand My heart hurts it’s broken no one can convince me that this is real…Prayer warriors please pray real hard for his only child, his daughter, and family…#HeartOfAnAngel13YrsFamilyForeverWeJustCelebratedYour40thBirthday…My God…My God…I can’t believe I’m writing this”
He also posted a picture of a recent text message conversation and as part of the caption, Tyrese added, “At least I got to say I love you…”
Walker’s co-stars from Takers also reacted to the news:
T.I.: “I’m shocked & saddened to find that the world has lost such a great spirited person. Paul Walker was not only a passionate, talented actor, he was also a sincere man with a genuine personality, that filled a room immediately upon introduction. My family’s hearts & prayers is extended to his family, especially his daughter. He will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace. #RIPPAULWALKER”
Idris Elba: “I’m Heart broken Paul Walker, he was a mate of mine, very sad. My heart goes out to his daughter.”
Michael Ealy: “My heart is crushed by the news that my friend Paul Walker passed away today. Prayers and light to his daughter and family right now.”
We will update you if any other information becomes available about this terrible tragedy. Gone Too Soon: Actors Who Died While Filming A Movie Or TV Show
The holidays are more than just the gifts we receive but recognizing our many blessings in life. As we start to gear up for the season of shopping and overbuying, quite a few companies will be looking for ways that they can give back. Granted many participate in various endeavors year round, there’s nothing more warming to the soul than helping those in need during this season of thanks. Here are some ways your company can give back during the holidays. You’ll see that many of these ideas are pretty easy to implement.
Your 20s were the time to splurge on the latest handbags, mess up your credit, rebuild your credit and establish patterns of financial success for your future. Now in your 30’s with kids, a mortgage, a significant other and a better career (or just a little wisdom and a desire to get it together), it’s time to get secure and at-peace with your finances.
Here are a few ways to achieve financial peace of mind in your 30’s.
Say what you want about Alicia Keys but there are few celebrities who use their influence, time and talent to give back on the level that she does. And it was in that spirit that she and her beautiful family, husband Swizz Beatz and son Egypt, celebrated 10 years of her charity “Keep A Child Alive,” (KCA). Keys was inspired to co-found the charity in 2003 after she visited Africa for the first time. Each year the charity spends $5 million to help clinics in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa and India with the cost of treatment programs, food and orphan care.
In celebration of those efforts KCA hosted a ball last night where Pharrell Williams, Carole King, Laura Mvula and Roy Ayers performed.
Bloomberg spoke with KCA’s CEO, Peter Twyman, about the need for the organization and the role Keys plays:
“It’s particularly challenging with kids. Only 3 out of 10 who need treatment in middle-income countries are actually getting it. It’s a horrible situation for kids who are infected para-natally. About 50 percent will die by age 2 if they don’t get treatment and 80 percent by the age of 5. It’s an astounding figure. A lot of people think that HIV has been taken care of, but for kids it’s a desperate situation.”
How Keys contributes
“She’s our co-founder and global ambassador and she helps us in every way. She helps us with fundraising, she hosts the Black Ball, she engages her celebrity friends and she talks whenever she can about the issue. She’s written letters to the president about HIV funding.”
Kudos to her. Check out Keys’ family and the other celebrities including Pharrell, Grant Hill and Tamia and more who made an appearance last night.
Maybe you’re thinking that you don’t have enough capital or connections to making the world a better place for your children and grandchildren. Think again! In all worthwhile endeavors, one must start small to reap big rewards in the future. If you have ever dreamed of creating your own nonprofit charity or philanthropic foundation, read on for our nine tips to push you on your way.
Katt Williams is known for getting into trouble, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that he has a huge heart. The 39-year-old comedian shocked one of his Boston fans, who happens to be wheelchair-bound and in dire need of a kidney transplant, when he invited the woman backstage to meet him following one of his shows. Once she was backstage Katt offered her words of encouragement, $1,000 cash and an autographed note that read:
“God never leaves.”
According to TMZ, Katt learned of the fan’s unfortunate situation when one of his security guards saw her crying in the audience at the conclusion of his show. When the body guard inquired about why she was crying, she insisted that she was releasing tears of joy because she hadn’t laughed in such a long time. She also told him about her current situation. When the security guard informed Katt of what the woman told him, Katt reportedly invited her backstage, which is where he presented her with the monetary gift folded in a sheet of paper.
The woman later told TMZ that she was shocked to find ten 100 dollar bills in the sheet of paper, because she initially thought he’d given her a package full of weed. She described the gift as an “awesome surprise.”
Money, money, money, money! Yes, we know sports stars get paid the big bucks. Their extreme talents pay off, whether hooping, golfing, boxing or cycling. But how awesome is it when we see these sports celebs give back to their community? It lets us know that they haven’t forgotten their roots – from where they used to play b-ball to the day-to-day struggle growing up in a household where making ends meet was a constant challenge. Whatever the case, these athletes desire to help others, and because they are in a position to help others, they feel the need to do so. Kudos to these sports stars for lending a helping hand.
Dwyane Wade said when he was 7 years old, if he ever became famous, the first thing he’d do is use his celebrity to give back to his old neighborhood in Chicago. In 2003, the same year he was drafted, he started the Wade’s World Foundation, which serves at-risk communities in Milwaukee, South Florida, and Chicago. Wade’s World promotes literacy, health and fatherhood through youth summer camps, academic scholarships, and community service programs. Wade was the winner of the 2013 BET Humanitarian Award, of which he was totally deserving.