Most Powerful Women Philanthropists
It is a reassuring thing to know that many of the world’s most powerful women are focused on giving back. In 2012 Forbes surveyed the philanthropic work of the current most powerful women (unfortuntely there isn’t an up-to-date list), these women have donated millions of dollars in art, helped innumerable individuals through international humanitarian organizations and raised consciousness (and cash) for causes closest to their hearts.
And these amazing women are:
1. Jennifer Lopez
J Lo and her sister founded the Lopez Family Foundation, with the goal of improving the health and well-being of women and children around the world. Additionally, Lopez became the first female spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2010, having been a Club member herself.
2. Christine Lagarde
Christine Lagarde is the first female managing director of the International Monetary Fund, fostering financial stability and reducing poverty in 188 countries around the world.
3. Helen Clark
Helen Clark oversees the United Nations Development Program’s $5 billion annual budget and more than 8,000 employees to help nations develop and foster the abilities needed to prevent and withstand crisis, fight poverty, empower women, build democratic societies and protect the environment.
4. Drew Gilpin Faust
Since being named the first female president of Harvard in 2007, Drew Gilpin Faust has worked to expand the university’s range of financial aid and international reach, as she guided Harvard through the rough financial waters of the recession. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
5. Angelina Jolie
The Jolie-Pitt Foundation, a joint effort between Angelina and fiance Brad, has donated millions to causes including Doctors without Borders and the Global Health Committee. Jolie herself also donated $100,000 in June to the UNHCR to assist Syrian refugees.
6. Solina Chau
Solina Chau directs the $8.2 billion Li Ka Shing Foundation, the “third son” of La Ka Shing, the richest man in Asia, through which he dedicates a third of his assets towards charity work. Chau has also founded her own foundation, which focuses on education and women’s initiatives.
7. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey
As the President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey oversees 700-800 grants that dedicate up to $400 million per year toward improving health and health care.
8. Gisele Bundchen
Gisele Bundchen is not only a Brazilian supermodel, but also a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), credited with planting over 500,000 trees in Brazil this year through her association with the program. Bundchen also donated $1 million to the Japanese Red Cross for Earthquake relief and launched a model search in Brazil’s most impoverished areas as part of an effort to boost the self esteem of the poorest in Brazil.
9. Laurene Powell Jobs
Laurene Powell Jobs sits on the boards of several nonprofits including the NewSchools Venture Fund, Conservation International and College Track, an organization she founded that is designed to ensure admittance to and graduation from college for underserved students. Powell Jobs is also the founder and chair of the Emerson Collective, which works with entrepreneurs to promote social reform.
10. Shari Arison
Last year, Shari Arison launched Goodnet.org, an online social platform to connect individuals to volunteer work and community service opportunities. Arison also partnered with MTV to expand her annual initiative Good Deeds Day, a day dedicated to encouraging international good deeds.