Here is a look at some of the great charities and philanthropies that financial executives, from hedge funds and private equity firms to financial services and technology companies, focus their time, money and energy.
Millions of LGBT people around the world live in fear and isolation, worried about being treated as criminals because of their identities. This is an issue gaining momentum around the world and a focus for many top philanthropists. HRC Global strengthens the global equality movement through public education, advocacy, fellowships, partnerships and research.
Every year too many people are put in jail for crimes they didn’t commit. The innocence project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. One of the project’s biggest supporters has been Bill Ackman and his Pershing Square Foundation.
The Marshall Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan online journalism organization focusing on issues related to criminal justice in the United States. The foundation is led by former hedge fund manager Neil Barsky and former New York Times executive Bill Keller. Other top financial executives, such as Dan Loeb and John Arnold, continue to support and fund the organization.
The Interfaith Center of New York seeks to integrate the sacred into people’s daily lives and to apply the wisdom and resources of the world’s religious traditions to conflicts worldwide.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation partners with organizations around the world to make impact critical problems. There are four key programs, including Global Development, Global Health, US Division and Global Policy and Advocacy. From harnessing advances in science and technology to ensuring children receive an education, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the fastest growing charitable organizations.
The Giving Pledge is a commitment by the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate their wealth to philanthropy. Some of the biggest names in finance and technology, including Warren Buffet, Michael Bloomberg, Paul Allen and Mark Zuckerberg have taken the pledge.
The JC Flowers Foundation was founded by J Christopher Flowers and his wife Anne Flowers. The Foundation addresses critical health and social problems affecting vulnerable and hard to reach populations often overlooked by traditional donors. Their two largest initiatives are “Malaria Elimination” and their “Harlem Parolee Initiative.”