The news that $4.3 billion of new money was pledged on June 13th to vaccinate children in the developing world against several deadly diseases is worth celebrating. The money was promised at the first ever pledging conference for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), which exceeded its target of $3.7 billion. That means […]
Tag: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Gates or Superman?
Bill Gates stole the show this week with his debut at the annual Aspen Ideas Festival. He appeared first in a cameo role in an advance screening of a forthcoming movie, “Waiting for Superman“. (No, he did not appear sporting a cape and red underpants, we are happy to say – and the movie did […]
Ranking The Best Philanthrocapitalists
It was good to see Barron’s magazine’s cover feature about the world’s 25 best givers, which rightly observed that “the name of the game in philanthropy this year is to make your dollars go far – very far.” The article, prepared in partnership with the excellent Trevor and Maggie Nielson at Global Philanthropy Group, focuses […]
Bill Clinton on Philanthrocapitalism
“In Philanthrocapitalism, Matthew Bishop and Michael Green show the remarkable extent to which private wealth can advance public good by applying entrepreneurial skills, speed, and score-keeping to our most persistent challenges,” writes former President Bill Clinton in the foreword to the new paperback edition of Philanthrocaptalism. We are honoured, and grateful to him. In the […]
Raj Shah’s Opportunity
So the long wait for Barack Obama to nominate America’s international development czar is over. Congratulations to Raj Shah, who should breeze through the confirmation process to become head of US AID, having already been approved for his current post in the Department of Agriculture. Shah, who is just 36, takes on this crucial job […]
Philanthropy Fat Cats?
So, the new CEO of the Gates Foundation, Jeff Raikes, is pulling down nearly a million dollars a year, according to a report by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. This is bound to get a few people huffing and puffing, not least because Raikes is already apparently sitting on a pile of several hundred million dollars […]
“This week Ashton Kutcher (aka @aplusk) broke the one million mark in Twitter followers and introduced Oprah (@oprah) to the phenomenon. He’s also using his fame and Twitterlebrity to raise awareness of malaria and ask fans to support Malaria No More in sending insecticide-treated mosquito nets to African countries where they are needed most.” So […]