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Giving With Purpose is a massive open online course (MOOC) on effective charitable giving jointly offered by the Learning by Giving Foundation & Northeastern University. Put your learning into action by deciding which nonprofits receive the Foundation’s money!
January 22, 2014
SIGN UP NOW! Registration is now open for the second offering of our free online course, Giving With Purpose. The course begins in Spring 2014, so sign up now! Weekly lessons will introduce tools and strategies to help donors at …
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Giving With Purpose will help students achieve two complementary goals: satisfying their personal motivations for giving, and investing in high-performing nonprofit organizations that will use their money effectively.
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We’ve always thought of Giving With Purpose not just as a MOOC, but as a community. That’s why we’re so excited to announce the Giving With Purpose Alumni Community, an online platform where you can continue the important conversations, knowledge sharing, and relationship building you began during the MOOC.
As a supplement to the information that you have been learning throughout Giving With Purpose, please use the resources and tools below to further explore your interest in philanthropy. These educational sources are highly recommended by Giving With Purpose instructor, Rebecca Riccio, and the Learning by Giving Foundation team. This information provides a great way to learn more!
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Thomas C. Werner
In the 10 seasons that Tom Werner has been Chairman of the Boston Red Sox, the club has enjoyed unprecedented success, having advanced to postseason play three straight seasons and six times in seven years for the first time in …
In the 10 seasons that Tom Werner has been Chairman of the Boston Red Sox, the club has enjoyed unprecedented success, having advanced to postseason play three straight seasons and six times in seven years for the first time in its history. The pinnacle, of course, was the 2004 World Championship that ended an 86-year drought. Another World Series victory would follow in 2007. Red Sox fans have sold out 631 consecutive games at Fenway Park, the longest streak in baseball history. And together with
Principal Owner John W. Henry and President/CEO Larry Lucchino, Werner on March 23, 2005, announced that the Red Sox had committed to remain long term at America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.
Among the early bidders of the Red Sox in 2001, Werner led the only group that was committed to saving Fenway Park. Later joined by John Henry and Larry Lucchino, this group oversaw successive improvements that restored its luster. Now considered by many to be America’s Most Beloved Ballpark, this ownership group is looking forward to celebrating its 100th anniversary at Fenway Park in 2012.
Through the successful improvements resulting from major investments, brilliant ingenuity, and dogged persistence, the club’s ownership group concluded that the park could, indeed, be preserved. As a result, the ballpark is on track to see its 100th anniversary in 2012. The oldest and smallest park in the Majors would be the first ever to last 100 years.
A respected and veteran baseball owner since he purchased the San Diego Padres in 1990, Werner, along with Henry and their partners has helped lead the effort for a kinder, more fan-friendly atmosphere at the ballpark that has resonated with parents, grandparents, and children.
The Red Sox Foundation, established immediately after the purchase of the team, is another example of their leadership. Its charitable donations, after only eight seasons, are the biggest in professional baseball, as the Foundation gives away millions of dollars each year. In 2009, Werner helped in the establishment of the Home Base Program, an initiative founded and funded by the RSF and Massachusetts General Hospital, aiming to help military veterans affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. The Home Base Progam is recognized as a model public/private partnership dealing with our wounded warriors. Werner is also proud of his involvement in the Teddy
Ebersol-Red Sox Fields, which are now used by thousands of children.
Werner, a member of the Television Academy Hall of Fame for his extraordinary achievements as a creator and producer of many groundbreaking series, has had baseball in his soul his entire life. He played the game during his childhood, coached his children in youth baseball and has attended countless Major League games.
As a 17-year-old freshman at Harvard, Werner gave his heart to the ultimate underdogs, the Impossible Dream Red Sox of 1967. He has been a devoted follower of the Red Sox ever since.
For his visual studies class at Harvard, Werner created a documentary about Opening Day at Fenway Park, starting with the quiet, quaint park at rest, then exploding with the excitement of fans pouring into the ballpark. The education in film would lead to a rewarding career in television; the passion for the Red Sox and Fenway Park would later lead Werner to begin a quest to buy the team when it was offered for sale in 2001.
Werner is also an active contributor to Major League Baseball. He has been appointed to the Board of Major League Baseball Enterprises, which has oversight over national media arrangements as well as Major League Baseball Properties. He has also been appointed to the Board of the MLB Network, which debuted in January 2009.
In addition to these responsibilities, Werner takes great pride in his contributions to the success of the New England Sports Network. Most people in the television industry now regard NESN to be one of the strongest sports channels in the country, as it televises almost 300 live events each year, including Red Sox and Bruins games. Since 2001, NESN has more than doubled the amount of original programming it airs.
Werner’s entry into Major League Baseball came in 1990 when he led a group that purchased the San Diego Padres. He served baseball on the national level as a member of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Television Committee. As such, he was a key force in establishing one of the most crucial innovations in baseball history—the Wild Card, the very element that enabled the Boston Red Sox, years later, to win their first World Championship since 1918.
Werner feels that the relationship between the ballclub and Red Sox fans is the most special in all of baseball. After the sweep of the Colorado Rockies in 2007, Werner said the following which has resonated among fans of Red Sox Nation.
“2004 was for our parents and grandparents and those people who suffered through eight decades before a World Championship. This is for us and for our children and for everybody in Red Sox Nation.”
Embodying the values of integrity and quality, Werner (born April 12, 1950) has already achieved a lifetime of accolades in the television business. He and his partner, Marcy Carsey, have helped create such hits as “The Cosby Show,” “A Different World,” “Roseanne,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Cybill,” “Grace Under Fire” and “That ‘70s Show.” In September 2008, Werner’s new animated show “The Life and Times of Tim” debuted on HBO. Carsey Werner is credited with almost 2,000 hours of quality half hour comedy Television.
Earlier, while working for ABC television, Werner and Carsey saw Robin Williams in a comedy club and launched his career in “Mork and Mindy.” Werner also oversaw the development of “Bosom Buddies,” which started the career of Tom Hanks; “Soap,” which started the career of Billy Crystal; and “Taxi,” which started the careers of Tony Danza and Danny DeVito.
Werner has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Producers Guild of America. His company has garnered 24 Emmy Awards, 11 People’s Choice Awards and numerous Golden Globes, Humanitas Prizes and Peabody Awards. In 2000, Werner and his longtime partners, Marcy Carsey and Caryn Mandabach, joined forces with Geraldine Laybourne and Oprah Winfrey to start Oxygen, a 24-hour cable channel serving the modern woman. Oxygen was acquired by NBC in late 2007 and is one of the fastest growing cable networks ever, now in almost 65,000,000 homes.
Werner spends much of the year in Boston, where he maintains a residence. He has served on a number of Boards, including the White House Fellows Commission. He currently serves on the Crossroads School Board and the Board for After School All Stars, a program helping at risk youth engage in after school programs, and the Ron Brown Scholar Program, which offers scholarships to African-American high school seniors who have demonstrated social commitment and leadership potential.
Cal Ripken Jr.
One of the true legends of baseball, Cal Ripken, Jr. began his professional baseball career in 1978, made it to the majors in 1981, and quickly set a new standard for shortstops. In 1995, Cal broke Lou Gehrig’s major league …
One of the true legends of baseball, Cal Ripken, Jr. began his professional baseball career in 1978, made it to the majors in 1981, and quickly set a new standard for shortstops. In 1995, Cal broke Lou Gehrig’s major league record for consecutive games played (2,130). Cal voluntarily ended his streak on September 20, 1998, after playing 2,632 consecutive games. During this 17-year span, Cal amassed 3,184 hits, including 431 home runs. He holds many major league records, including most home runs by a shortstop and highest single season fielding percentage by a shortstop (.996). He retired from baseball in October 2001 after 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.
Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 with the third highest voting percentage in history, Cal Ripken, Jr. is baseball’s all-time Iron Man. Now Cal is using the platform that baseball has provided him to help grow the game he loves worldwide. Today, he is Chairman and CEO of Ripken Baseball, which owns and operates minor league clubs, world-class youth baseball facilities, a memorabilia company, and a management and design company that builds state-of-the-art athletic complexes. In 2001, Cal and his brother Bill established the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, in memory of their father. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation helps build character and teach critical life lessons to disadvantaged young people living in America’s most distressed communities through baseball and softball themed programs.
Cal resides in Maryland with his wife, Kelly, and has two children, Rachel and Ryan.
Warren & Doris Buffett
Doris Buffett At 85 years young, Doris, big sister of billionaire Warren, is on a mission. When she inherited Berkshire Hathaway stock from a family trust in 1996, she dedicated the rest of her life to giving it away—all of …
At 85 years young, Doris, big sister of billionaire Warren, is on a mission. When she inherited Berkshire Hathaway stock from a family trust in 1996, she dedicated the rest of her life to giving it away—all of it—mostly to individuals in trouble through no fault of their own. So far she’s given away more than $150 million of her money. She says she wants to give it all away; that she wants the last check she writes to bounce due to “insufficient funds.”
She began the Sunshine Lady Foundation in 1996, helping battered women, sick children, and at-risk kids who otherwise would never have had the chance to go to college. She’s also funding college programs for prison inmates, lowering recidivism. And she does it through “retail philanthropy,” often making personal phone calls to those who need help, one by one.
Doris is passionate about her responsibilities as a philanthropist. She is personally and tirelessly involved with every aspect of the foundation’s grantmaking process. Each Sunshine Lady Foundation grant is considered an investment, and the decision to grant funds is always based on an expected successful return.
Doris’ energy and enthusiasm are boundless. Among her many other roles, she has been a first grade teacher, domestic violence crusader, political activist, mother and grandmother, and a true and loyal friend to many people.
An American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He is widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th century. Buffett is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people. In 2012, Time Magazine named Buffett one of the most influential people in the world.
Buffett is noted for his adherence to the value investing philosophy and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth, but also as a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes. In 2010, Warren and longtime friend, Bill Gates, inspired “The Giving Pledge” a campaign to encourage the wealthiest people in the world to make a commitment to give most of their wealth to philanthropic causes.
Soledad O’Brien is an anchor and special correspondent for CNN/U.S. Since joining the network in 2003, O’Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning, record-breaking and critically acclaimed documentaries on the most important stories facing …
Soledad O’Brien is an anchor and special correspondent for CNN/U.S. Since joining the network in 2003, O’Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning, record-breaking and critically acclaimed documentaries on the most important stories facing the world today. In 2010, she wrote a critically-acclaimed memoir The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities, which chronicles her biggest reporting moments and how her upbringing and background have influenced these experiences.
In 2011, Soledad won her first Emmy for Crisis in Haiti (Anderson Cooper 360) in the category of Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form. O’Brien was part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody award for its BP oil spill and Katrina coverage and an Alfred I. duPont Award for its coverage of the Southeast Asia tsunami. The National Association of Black Journalists named O’Brien the Journalist of the Year and Edward R Murrow Awards lauded her with the RTDNA/UNITY award for Latino in America in 2010. She received the 2009 Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service Award from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. In 2008, she was the first recipient of the Soledad O’Brien Freedom’s Voice Award from the Morehouse School of Medicine for being a catalyst for social change and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Goodermote Humanitarian Award for her efforts while reporting on the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami. Her numerous other awards include a Gracie Allen Award in 2007 for her reporting from Cyprus on the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict as well as her reports from the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. The NAACP honored her with its President’s Award in 2007 for her humanitarian efforts and journalistic excellence.
Soledad O’Brien is a graduate of Harvard University and currently lives with her husband and four children in Manhattan.
Ben & Jerry
Ben Cohen Ben Cohen was born in Brooklyn in 1951 and brought up in Merrick, NY. In 1978, he and his longtime friend, Jerry Greenfield, started a homemade ice cream parlor in an old gas station in Burlington, Vermont. The …
Ben Cohen was born in Brooklyn in 1951 and brought up in Merrick, NY. In 1978, he and his longtime friend, Jerry Greenfield, started a homemade ice cream parlor in an old gas station in Burlington, Vermont. The ice cream was well received and after a few years, Ben & Jerry’s started to distribute pints to grocery stores in New England and eventually nationally and internationally. Along the way, Ben held the positions of scooper, crepe maker, truck driver, Director of Marketing, Sales Director, CEO, and Chairman of what became a $300 Million-a-year public corporation.
In 2000, despite his efforts to keep the company independent, Ben & Jerry’s was sold to Unilever. Today, Ben is President and Head Stamper at the Stamp Stampede campaign whose goal it is to help build the movement to amend the constitution to get money out of politics. The Stampede encourages people to rubber stamp paper currency with messages that say “Not to be Used for Bribing Politicians” and “Stamping Money Out of Politics”.
Ben and Jerry have received numerous awards and recognition, including the Corporate Giving award from the Council on Economic Priorities, the US Small Business of the Year Award from President Ronald Regan and several honorary doctorates.
Along with Jerry he authored the book, Ben & Jerry’s Double Dip: How to Run a Values-Led Business and Make Money, Too. In addition, Ben has served on the boards of the Social Venture Network, Hampshire College, Oxfam, Greenpeace, and Business for Social Responsibility. Currently Ben is a member of the board of directors of Heifer International and Alter Eco.
Jerry Greenfield and his long-time friend and business partner Ben Cohen are the men behind one of the most talked-about, and least conventional success stories in American business. Co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., Greenfield has helped to build a store front venture into a $300 million ice cream empire by making social responsibility and creative management strengths, rather than weaknesses.
Greenfield was born four days before his future business partner in Brooklyn, New York, he grew up and went to school in Merrick, Long Island. It was there that he first met Cohen in junior high school. After graduating from high school with a National Merit Scholarship under his belt, Greenfield enrolled at Oberlin College.
In 1976, he moved in with Cohen and the two decided to pursue their dream of starting a food business together. They eventually settled on ice cream, and in May 1978, opened Ben & Jerry’s Homemade ice cream parlor in Burlington, Vermont.
Today a model for American business success, Greenfield and Cohen have been recognized for fostering their company’s commitment to social responsibility by the Council on Economic Priorities and by the U.S. Small Business Administration. They have also received the James Beard Humanitarians of the Year and the Peace Museum’s Community Peacemakers of the Year Awards.
Today, Greenfield’s official title at the company is Co-Founder. He is involved in promoting the social and environmental initiatives that Ben & Jerry’s undertakes. He is also President of the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation.