SEATTLE — According to UBS’ global report, acts of philanthropy are ever-expanding with 72 percent of global organizations forming in the last 25 years. They have made a substantial impact, as have individual philanthropists whose simple acts of kindness have enabled global communities to thrive.
In order to highlight these global philanthropic achievements, here are the top five acts of philanthropy in 2018:
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Charitable Causes
One of the great acts of philanthropy in 2018 has to be Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s request to receive charitable donations instead of wedding gifts. All wedding guests were asked to donate to any one of their selected charities.
These are charities in the U.K. Such as CHIVA, a foundation focused on children living with HIV in the U.K. and Ireland. They also support Crisis, a charity fighting homelessness by offering a number of services such as employment, education and advice from expert professionals.
Another important charity they currently support is the Indian-based foundation, Myna Mahila, which supports women living in the slums of Mumbai. They are offered support and education for menstrual hygiene, business, employment, self-defense and basic life skills.
The Shetty Foundation
Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty, a well-established Indian billionaire set up a family foundation which enables “education for all”. He has funded ten K-12 schools in India, where education is limited, and has also funded and built a medical research institute.
Shetty has also funded various philanthropic activities through his for-profit private schools by using the tuition to fund education programs in rural Indian villages.
He has recently joined Giving Pledge and promises to give at least half of his net worth to charity, which Forbes estimates at $4.2 billion.
The Gates Foundation
Since 2000, Bill and Melinda Gates have been investing in global philanthropy through The Gates foundation, where they have made investments in medicine that have saved 50 million lives since they started.
In order to progress and save even more lives, they produce their yearly Goalkeepers data report. Their most recent 2018 report explores the current global situation with a specific focus on Africa, where they have invested $15 billion in projects.
Both Bill and Melinda Gates believe the best way to improve the world is by investing in young people through education and healthcare. And they intend to do that for years to come.
J.K. Rowling’s Lumos
Lumos was founded by award-winning author, J.K. Rowling. This foundation helps children in orphanages on a global scale.
J.K. Rowling has recently urged entrepreneurs, lawyers and the general public to do their part to prevent child trafficking within orphanages. This has become a major issue in recent years as there are a recorded 8 million children living in orphanages. The majority of them are not legitimate. The organization believes it is likely that over 80 percent may be victims of human trafficking.
Lumos believes all children belong with loving families, and not orphanages. Their mission is to ensure that children all over the world live with nurturing families by 2050.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice
In 2016, George and Amal Clooney founded The Clooney Foundation for Justice, which provides support in and out of court to individuals facing an oppressive government all over the world.
Since 2017, they have maintained their $3.25 million partnership with UNICEF to enable educational support for eight schools in Lebanon where 3,000 Syrian refugee students are enrolled. They are also supporting technological advances within these schools to increase the quality of education.
They have also recently donated $100,000 to The Young Centre for Immigrant Children’s Rights. This organization fights to support immigrant children who have been separated from their parents.
How You Can Help
These top five acts of philanthropy have enabled a greater awareness of global issues. It will hopefully influence others to do their part and make the world a better place. One small act of philanthropy could go a long way.
– Heather Barrigan