Philanthropic efforts to alleviate the life of those who need it is a privilege that generous wealthy women feel happy to contribute.
The Woman Post | Carolina Rodríguez Monclou
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Each of the following names has changed the donations game with clever use of their platform to make the troublesome circumstances better. These female leaders are the example of the change that the world truly needs.
Philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott has given away more than four billion dollars in the last months to a significant number of organizations as part of a giving pledge that she announced in 2020. She is the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Scott is targeting communities with high food insecurity, racial inequity, and those hit hardest by COVID-19. The novelist has a net worth of more than $57 billion. She donated $6 billion in 2020 to 116 charities, according to Vogue.
For decades, Melinda Gates has been using her influence and wealth as former general manager at Microsoft and Bill Gates's wife to advance health care worldwide. Now with the pandemic, the importance of her mission is more crucial than ever. Forbes reports that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated $70 million for COVID-19 vaccines at the end of last year. She wants to make sure that anyone can get equal access to the cure of this pandemic that affects all the world.
She is a pediatrician, billionaire, philanthropist, mother, and wife of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Chan and her husband have pledged 99% of their Facebook shares to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, one of the most wealth-founded philanthropic organizations in the world. She went from a child of refugees to a philanthropic game changer. Chan, who is also a Doctor, has a net worth of $50 billion. According to Forbes, Chan and Zuckerberg's donations are about a hundred billion dollars: "the nation's most generous billionaires have given away a collective $149 billion in their lifetimes."
These philanthropists' actions motivate the public to dialogue about the difficulties that most people are going through. Before health became the main topic, these women fought for more equality, peace, and happiness in their near and far communities. With their excellent example, they prepare current and future rich generations to live in the real world, out of the bubble of fame.
2021 marks the 17th anniversary of the Women's Philanthropy Institute (WPI) coming to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy of Indiana University. Through their education and research programs at the WPI, they try to connect women's passion and values about their own philanthropy to what's going on globally. All these leaders are part of a movement toward changing the world. Both men and women need to come together to solve these problems. However, wealthy women are taking advantage of this field. More than a donation, they research beforehand and understand the importance of what they're doing.
Dr. Debra Mesch, director of the WPI, says gender impacts how, why, and where people give to charitable causes. In the case of these billionaire couples, they joined forces to friendly help and cooperate.