The Giving Pledge has announced the addition of fourteen individuals and couples to its growing list of signatories, bringing the total number of pledgers to one hundred and sixty-eight.
New signatories from the United States include Dagmar Dolby, widow of Dolby Laboratories founder Ray Dolby; entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and Civic Ventures founder Nick Hanauer and his wife, Leslie; Nat Simons and Laura Baxter-Simons, chair and general counsel, respectively, of investment management firm Meritage Group and co-founders of the Sea Change Foundation and Prelude Ventures; Robert Frederick Smith, founder, chair, and CEO of investment firm Vista Equity Partners and founding director and president of the Fund II Foundation; and Stine Seed founder and owner Harry H. Stine.
New international signatories include Dong Fangjun, chair of Dongfang Huiquan Financial Holdings and founder and president of the Beijing Dongfangjun Charity Foundation (China); Anne Grete Eidsvig and Kjell Inge Røkke, chair and majority owner of industrial investment company Aker (Norway); Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of low-cost British carrier easyJet and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation (Monaco and Cyprus); Outfit7 founding CEO and deputy CEO Samo and Iza Login (Slovenia); and You Zhonghui, chair of Shenzhen Seaskyland Investment Holdings Group (China).
Other recent signatories added to the Giving Pledge website include Leonard H. Ainsworth (Australia), Mohammed Dewji (Tanzania), Dean and Marianne Metropoulos (U.S.), and Terry and Susan Ragon (U.S.).
"Over time we have learned to appreciate the importance of collaboration in philanthropy," Nat Simons and Laura Baxter-Simons wrote in their pledge letter. "Like most other philanthropic areas, climate change and clean energy policy is profoundly challenging on many levels....Given the sheer scope and myriad of approaches necessary to address climate change, there is a great need for groups to work together and to learn from one another."
"Philanthropy is different around the world, but almost every culture has a long-standing tradition of giving back," said Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and co-founder, with Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, of the Giving Pledge. "Bill and Warren and I are excited to welcome the new, very international group of philanthropists joining the Giving Pledge, and we look forward to learning from their diverse experiences."