Stephen Heintz is president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a private family foundation. Before joining the RBF, he held top leadership positions in both the non-profit and public sectors, including Dēmos and the EastWest Institute.
Created in 1940 by the sons of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (John D. 3rd, Nelson, Winthrop, Laurance, and David), the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) advances social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. To date, three generations of the family have acted as trustees along with non-family leaders.
Jacki Zehner is President of The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, and Chief Engagement Officer and President of Women Moving Millions (WMM), a non-profit organisation dedicated to mobilising unprecedented resources for women and girls to create a more gender-balanced world.
Emmett D. Carson, PhD, is the founding CEO and President of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). With over $6.5bn in assets, SVCF is the nation’s largest community foundation and among the top 10 of all US foundations. Its 1,700 family and corporate donor funds support a wide range of causes in the Bay Area, across the USA and around the world.
Established in Detroit in 1924 by Sebastian Spering Kresge, the Kresge Foundation aims to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grants and investment in arts and culture, education, the environment, health, human services and community development in Detroit.
The Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation provides support in the areas of poverty research, UK higher education, social justice and contemporary art. In 2005 the Foundation became the principal benefactor of the Brooks World Poverty Institute.
Rory Brooks CBE, co-founder of private equity group MML Capital Partners, is Chairman of Manchester University’s Global Leadership Board, sits on the Board of the Centre for Social Justice and is an adviser to the Board of the Quintessentially Foundation. Elizabeth Brooks has chaired the Patrons’ Committee of the Tate, and is trustee of P3 (People, Potential and Possibilities), the social inclusion charity.
Born in Athens, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is best known for founding budget airline easyJet in 1995, when he was just 28. Prior to this, he set up the Stelmar shipping company with financial help from his late father Loucas, himself a self-made shipping tycoon. Stelios received a knighthood from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 for services to entrepreneurship, and since 2009 he has been the Honorary General Consul for the Republic of Cyprus in the Principality of Monaco where he now lives. The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation (registered in the UK and Monaco) was created by Stelios to organise his charitable giving in areas such as scholarships, the environment and promoting entrepreneurship in his “home countries” of Greece, Cyprus and the UK and also his latest project “food from the heart” in Greece and Cyprus since the economic crisis.
Tariq Al Gurg was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares in 2009 and has since been responsible for strategically defining and leading an organization that is dedicated towards providing children in developing countries with access to quality primary education.
Dr Yusuf K Hamied is a leading Indian scientist and chairman of Cipla (Chemical, Industrial & Pharmaceutical Laboratories), a generic pharmaceuticals company founded by his father. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour, by the Indian government in 2005.
David Fong is the Managing Director and a third-generation member of Hip Shing Hong (Holdings) Co. Ltd., a family-owned property developer in Hong Kong. The Group donates a tenth of its annual profits to support philanthropic work, mainly through two family foundations – the Fong Shu Fook Tong Foundation and the Fong’s Family Foundation. By October 2015, the family had donated over HK$500m (US$64m) to causes including education, medical services and social welfare. In recognition of the family’s contribution to society, two asteroids were named after David’s parents, Dr Fong Yun-wah Star and Mrs Fong Tam Yuen-leung, in 1994 and 2006 respectively.
As Trustee for the Mrs Lee Choon Guan Trust Fund, Keith Chua has continued to support various initiatives in education and healthcare, emulating the way his great-grandmother actively supported the needs of her time. While areas of need have changed over the past 100 years, giving in relevant and strategic ways is one of the guiding principles that Keith has applied to all areas that the Trust supports.
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.
Peter Buffett has an unusual inheritance: the task of giving his father’s money away. He explains how he and his wife Jennifer run their multi-billion-dollar NoVo Foundation to help stop domination and exploitation, and to encourage partnership and collaboration.
Winsome McIntosh has served on the board of the McIntosh Foundation since 1972. She has founded several initiatives, including: the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Florida; ClientEarth, UK and EU; Rachel’s Network, US; and the Association of Small Foundations, US.
Citizen Schools works in inner-city schools to level the playing field for students who grow up in low-income households. Co-founder Eric Schwarz explains the role that million dollar donors play in their success.
Lucy Billingsley is a partner of Billingsley Company. Read about why she founded Chiapas International, a non-profit organisation that provides funds to help break the cycle of poverty in Latin America.