The Giving Pledge has announced the addition of fourteen individuals and couples to its list of signatories, bringing to a hundred and eighty-three the total number of those pledging to give the majority of their wealth in support of philanthropic causes.
New signatories from the United States include Aneel Bhusri, co-founder and CEO of software developer Workday, and his wife, Allison Thoreson Bhusri, founding partner of Lemonade Capital; Dimensional Fund Advisors founder David G. Booth; Charles Butt, chair and CEO of supermarket chain H-E-B; Candy and Charlie Ergen, co-founders of EchoStar; Mario and Regina Gabelli, co-founders of the Gabelli Foundation; security and systems management firm Tanium co-founder and CEO Orion Hindawi and his wife, Jackie; LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and his wife, Michelle Yee; Richard and Melanie Lundquist, owners of Continental Development Corporation; and American Assets Trust founder, president, and CEO Ernest Rady and his wife, Evelyn.
Other signatories who joined in the past year include Garrett Camp, founder and CEO of Expa, a global network of entrepreneurs (Canada); entrepreneur B.R. Shetty and his wife, C.R. Shetty (United Arab Emirates); and VPS Healthcare founder and managing director Shamsheer Vayalil and his wife, Shabeena (UAE and India). Badr Jafar, CEO of Crescent Enterprises and president of Crescent Petroleum, and his partner, Razan Al Mubarak (UAE), and Rohini and Nandan Nilekani (India) joined the Giving Pledge in 2017.
At their annual learning conference this week, Giving Pledgers discussed a range of topics, including how to build effective grantee partnerships, data-driven giving, the pros and cons of different philanthropic structures, and family giving, as well as how philanthropy can make a difference on issues such as education, clean water and sanitation, the opioid crisis, and supporting women leaders to improve health and economic outcomes globally.
"Over the past eight years, we've been inspired by the dedicated philanthropists who have chosen to join the Giving Pledge, and this year's group is no exception," said Warren Buffett, who launched the Giving Pledge in 2010 with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-founders Bill and Melinda Gates. "They are passionate about using their wealth to help reduce inequities and improve the lives of everyone in the world. We welcome their energy, enthusiasm, and creativity and look forward to learning from them as we all work to ensure our giving makes a positive difference."
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