Inspirational female role models driving modern philanthropy

Posted on Apr 25 2015 - 5:46pm by Staff
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A number of women around the world are involved in philanthropic efforts that seek to improve people’s lives. Many of them are doing this through philanthropic organisations that they head, on top of using their influence and wealth to make a difference in the world.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey, the famous TV personality and entrepreneur, has her own private charity, the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, which is involved in empowerment and education projects targeted at women and children in various countries around the world. It awards many grants to organisations that help implement these projects. Oprah Winfrey also has an Angel Network that encourages others to donate to various causes, and through this effort, millions of dollars have been donated to projects and efforts aimed at alleviating poverty and suffering around the world.


Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates is one half of the leadership of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation has the reputation of being the largest private foundation in the world that is transparently operated. Among its primary aims are the reduction of extreme poverty and enhancement of healthcare. It is also involved in endeavours that seek to provide access to information technology as well as expand educational opportunities.


Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey is the president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In the past, she has worked as a medical practitioner, professor, policymaker, and non-profit executive. She combines the ethical and scientific values that she obtained as a doctor and applies them to her philanthropic efforts. As a result, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has, under her leadership, researched, assessed, and implemented programs of a transformative nature that tackle some of the US’s most pressing health issues.


Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson, who was formerly a Wall Street tech analyst and journalist, is today an angel investor with a large number of investments in the internet, healthcare, emerging markets, and aerospace, among others. One of the latest projects that she has sought to fund is in the field of population health management in the US. Her goal with that project is to improve a small population’s overall health.


Jennifer Douglas Abubakar

Jennifer Douglas Abubakar is the fourth wife of former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar. She is also the Founder, President and CEO of Gede Foundation, a non-profit organization involved in philanthropic endeavours. The foundation provides funding for programmes, mainly in the areas of healthcare and education, that are focused on helping the disadvantaged in society. One of its major programmes is involved in fighting HIV and AIDS in Africa and bringing to light how this underserved and stigmatized health condition affects sufferers and how best to assist them.

During a recent ceremony in Abuja, Dr. Jennifer Douglas Abubakar was called to the bar, with many dignitaries, including her own husband Atiku Abubakar, in attendance.

Many women around the world are making a real difference in the world today through their exemplary philanthropic efforts. In Africa, Dr. Jennifer Douglas Abubakar is leading the way in showing her fellow women how to make a meaningful change in society.

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