For Claire Chiang, philanthropy is about more than simply giving money to her favourite causes. She is passionate about the need to engage with individual projects, and believes corporations can be a force for good.
Teng Ngiek Lian took inspiration from legendary investor Warren Buffett in launching his own venture, The Silent Foundation, three and a half years ago. To him philanthropy is about more than just giving money – “Taking photos with cheques doesn’t thrill me at all.” Teng is far more interested in helping other charitable organisations grow, and seeing the impact these donations can make to people’s lives.
Sir John Hegarty, and partners John Bartle and Nigel Bogle, started Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) in 1982. It became one of the most talked about and awarded advertising agencies ever, achieving success through creativity, but also by its integrity. For the past 20 years the agency has given 1% of UK profits to charity.
Dana Pancrazi is Vice President, Capital Markets at the F. B. Heron Foundation, having joined in 2006 after a career in private banking.
In recent years, the Heron Foundation has altered its strategy to shift focus from access to assets onto jobs and economic opportunity.
Wang Heming, previously chairman and CEO of the Cosmos Group, is now the chairman of its charitable association. His family uses its own wealth to help build schools and donate to educational establishments in China. Wang’s aim is to use his money to give those from poorer backgrounds in China a decent education, which he believes will benefit the country as a whole.
Anatoly Sedykh is Chairman of the United Metallurgical Company (OMK) and President of the OMK-Uchastie (OMK-Participation) Charity Fund. OMK is one of Russia’s largest manufacturers of pipes, railway wheels and automobile springs.
Irina Sedykh has been Chair of the Supervisory Board of the OMK-Uchastie Charity Fund since 2009. In 2011, she helped found the Art-Ovrag culture festival in the town of Vyksa (in the Nizhny Novgorod region) and now heads the festival’s council.
In 2010, Badr Jafar founded the Pearl Initiative, a network of businesses in the Gulf Region that is working to drive higher standards across companies and not-for-profit organisations in the area. Their focus has been on improved corporate governance, codes of conduct and reporting, which Badr says can help both charities and philanthropic organisations ensure that the money spent has maximum impact.