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Gates Foundation makes contingency plans for break-up

Gates Foundation makes contingency plans for break-up

The Gates Foundation has announced a plan that would allow Melinda French Gates to resign as co-chair and receive “personal resources” from her estranged husband for her own philanthropic effort if either she or Bill Gates decide they can no longer work together.

The escape hatch, which would come into force after two years, was unveiled on Wednesday alongside a series of other corporate governance changes intended to ensure the long-term future of the world’s largest private philanthropic foundation at a moment of uncertainty.

Its introduction marks the first time French Gates has publicly broached the idea of leaving the $ 50bn foundation since she and Gates announced in May that they were ending their 27-year marriage.

In an interview, Mark Suzman, the foundation’s chief executive, said French Gates and Gates wanted to be “transparent” about issues stemming from their divorce and said he did not believe that they would ultimately end their working relationship. 

“That is something that, certainly from my perspective, I do not expect to happen, and am not planning for,” he said. “Bill and Melinda, both individually and together, assured me of their firm intent to keep working together as co-chairs for the long term, and that is what we are planning around.”

In what Suzman touted as a sign of their commitment, Gates and French Gates announced on Wednesday they would be donating another $ 15bn of their personal wealth to the foundation’s endowment. They have also agreed to bring in new external trustees to help buttress the organisation after Warren Buffett, the largest donor and only outside trustee, announced last month he was stepping down.

No decisions have yet been made about how many trustees will be added or their precise role in decision-making, Suzman said. He and Connie Collingsworth, the chief operating officer, plan to submit proposals to the former couple by January after studying other organisations.

“I would be surprised if this ended up being a significantly large expansion,” Suzman added, predicting that new recruits might offer new expertise or give geographic balance to a Seattle-based foundation that largely works outside the US.

Gates and French Gates have built the foundation over the past 21 years from the fortune Bill amassed as Microsoft’s co-founder. It has quickly become one of the most influential forces in global public health and development policy.

When they announced their split, the pair assured staff and partners that they would continue the foundation’s mission together. Yet those assurances have been somewhat undermined by the formidable divorce lawyers each has hired, as well as reports that French Gates was angered by Gates’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, a financier who killed himself in jail two years ago while awaiting charges on trafficking underage women.

Through a spokesperson, Gates has said he regrets the association, and that he met Epstein to discuss philanthropy.

Some have speculated that French Gates and Gates would increasingly pursue their own charitable paths, possibly to the foundation’s detriment. Melinda has her own $ 5bn fund, Pivotal Ventures, focused on women’s causes, while Bill has a separate fund devoted to clean energy technology. 

For all the recent tumult, Suzman predicted the foundation would continue to be the pair’s focus. It last week announced plans to invest $ 2.1bn to improve gender equality over a five-year period, one of its largest single pledges.

In a note to staff on Wednesday, French Gates said: “These governance changes bring more diverse perspectives and experience to the foundation’s leadership. I believe deeply in the foundation’s mission and remain fully committed as co-chair to its work.”

Author: Joshua Chaffin in New York
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The Wal-Mart Foundation partners with LA 4-H Tech Club in Baton Rouge to teach youth how to make healthy food choices

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Izzy Gruner, 4-H Tech Club Member and lead on the healthy living project, teaches the Big Buddy Children where to find healthy food.

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Brittany Husser, Assistant Extension Agent of 4-H Youth Development, leads the Big Buddy children in an activity to learn about healthy food choices.

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Big Buddy Children choose healthy ingredients in trail mix.

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Vibriyogn Epuri leads the Big Buddy children in a healthy plate activity.

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4-H Tech Club Member, Katherine Winchester, leads the Big Buddy children kids in a healthy plate activity.

LA 4-H Tech Club members presented their Healthy Living Workshop to the youth and seized the opportunity to utilize technology to address local needs.

BATON ROUGE, LA, UNITED STATES, July 6, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — In partnership with the Wal-Mart Foundation, the LA 4-H Tech Club presented their Healthy Living Workshop as part of the Big Buddy program on Monday, June 7th and Thursday June 10th. The Big Buddy Program’s mission is to advance and inspire our youth by building a loving community of mentor relationships. Mentors who work with Big Buddy aim to provide positive role modeling to inspire good choices and, in return, a healthy and rewarding life. The members of the 4-H Tech Club, sponsored by Global Geospatial Institute, a non-profit corporation, sought to help the Big Buddy Program advance its mission.

The LA 4-H Tech Club comprised of a team leader and youth identified healthy living education as a scarcity in Louisiana and utilized Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technologies to address local needs. Team members Izzy Gruner, Katherine Winchester, and Susanna Shields (St. Joseph’s Academy), Jane Zaruba (Home-Schooled), Adult Volunteer Leaders; Vibriyogn Epuri, GIS Technician, and Fran Harvey, Director of Global Geospatial Institute, along with the help of Brittany Husser, Assistant Extension Agent of 4-H Youth Development, are committed to improving their community. Drawing upon their ongoing National GIS/GPS Leadership Team’s project, “Where’s the Food?” as inspiration, the team created engaging healthy living activities and lessons for the Big Buddy youth.

The “Where’s the Food?” project features various GIS technologies (including Esri’s ArcGIS Survey123, Dashboard, and numerous maps) that help the Baton Rouge community visualize problems and solutions to nutrition/health complications in the area they live. As part of “Where’s the Food?”, the Louisiana 4-H Tech Club prioritizes helping people find healthy food options in their neighborhoods; therefore, the club jumped at the opportunity to teach the youth of Big Buddy about healthy living. The club saw their partnership with Big Buddy as an opportunity to educate today’s youth in a different light through the eyes of a mentor and a friend.

Anyone interested in answering the critical question, “Where’s the Food?” can find the answer through mapping tools that the students developed. Individuals can access these maps with their handheld electronic devices and desktop computers.

To learn more about this fantastic youth work or for students wishing to join the club, contact: Vibriyogn Epuri, founding member of the Louisiana 4-H Tech Club, at [email protected] gmail.com or call Global Geospatial Institute 225-939-1091. GGI, under the direction of Fran Harvey, GISP, sponsors the Louisiana 4-H Tech Club on the state and national level. For more information, visit www.gginstitute.org/educational-outreach.

About 4-H and Global Geospatial Institute (GGI)

4-H is a community of America’s youth who learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills through non-formal, research-based experimental education activities. The Louisiana 4-H, Youth Development Program, offers youth opportunities to interact with science, engineering, and technology through hands-on demonstrations, problem-solving, personal in-depth projects, and career exploration. In partnership with LSU Ag Center 4-H and GGI offers education sessions to increase awareness about GIS, flying drones, and more.

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The Wal-Mart Foundation partners with LA 4-H Tech Club in Baton Rouge to teach youth how to make healthy food choices

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Jordan McNair Foundation Working with Senator Cory Booker

University of Maryland football player who died at the age of 19 in June 2018 after he suffered exertional heatstroke during a team workout.

Jordan McNair Foundation is working with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) to make sure a health and safety component is added to the College Athletes Bill of Rights

BALTIMORE, MD, UNITED STATES, July 5, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Jordan McNair Foundation was created to honor the life of the late Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player who died at the age of 19 in June 2018 after he suffered exertional heatstroke during a team workout. One of the main points the Foundation fights for is to educate and also assure the safety of student-athletes when playing any sport. Right now, The Jordan McNair Foundation is closely working with Senator Cory Booker to add a health and safety component to the NCAA’s Division I Council’s decision to suspend the policy that prohibits college athletes from profiting from their Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) via bylaw 12.Recently, the Jordan McNair Safe and Fair Play Act were passed in the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates. The Act gives athletes the right to unionize and collectively bargain over issues related to health and safety. On May 18th, the Jordan McNair Safe and Fair Play Act was signed by Gov. Larry Hogan. This past December, Booker, and Blumenthal introduced the College Athletes Bill of Rights to guarantee fair and equitable compensation, enforceable health and safety standards, and improved educational opportunities for all college athletes. The College Athletes’ Bill of Rights will allow college athletes to market their Name, Image, and Likeness, either individually or as a group, with minimal restrictions.

“A baseline standard notable provision of student-athlete safety should be equally as important as economic freedom of all collegiate student-athletes across the nation. How can we pay a student-athlete if we can’t keep them safe,” asked Martin McNair, father of Jordan McNair and founder of the Jordan McNair Foundation.

In December of 2020, Booker and Blumenthal introduced the College Athletes Bill of Rights to guarantee fair and equitable compensation, enforceable health and safety standards, and improved educational opportunities for all college athletes. The College Athletes’ Bill of Rights will allow college athletes to market their Name, Image, and Likeness, either individually or as a group, with minimal restrictions. By working with Martin McNair, Cory Booker is showing his support for not only equal and fair monetary treatment of student-athletes, but also acting as an advocate for the health and safety of all student-athletes.

Members of the media are invited to speak with Jordan McNair’s father, Martin McNair, upon qualified request. The Jordan McNair Foundation’s purpose is to diminish the number of heat-related deaths that occur in student-athletes. The foundation also sponsors programs aimed at community involvement and engagement.

About: The Jordan McNair Foundation was established in June 2018 by Tonya Wilson & Martin “Marty” McNair following the death of their beloved son Jordan Martin MacNair, an offensive lineman for the University of Maryland. Jordan’s untimely death was the result of a heatstroke he suffered during an organized off-season team workout

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Jordan McNair Foundation Working with Senator Cory Booker

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