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Issue #257
Spring 2015


Cover Profile

Adam Braun

By Kimberly Greene

Pencils of Promise founder Adam Braun talks education, travel, and living a life of purpose.


Perry Chen: Perry Chen's Online Life

By Darren Gluckman

The Kickstarter co-founder has a new site to promote—and an old one to get nostalgic about.

Erica Mackey: Power Point

By Julie Jacobs

Off.Grid:Electric’s Erica Mackey is bringing energy to Africa at a fraction of the cost.

Robbie and Kate Murray: Over the Rainbow

By Kimberly Greene

Robbie’s Rainbow brightens the day for many families of children living with a chronic illness.

Neha Gupta: Another Man’s Treasure

By Sarah Manning

Neha Gupta started by hosting a garage sale and ended up with an International Children’s Peace Prize.


  • $75 million from Zuckerberg and Chan
  • Gaga and Vaughn take plunge
  • Cowboys owner gives $10 million to Arkansas Athletics
  • Google’s Schmidts give $10 million
  • Gates Foundation pledges $1.55 billion
  • Tesla’s Musk supports artificial intelligence
  • Chuck Feeney gives $100 million to UCSF
  • $50 million to Cornell
  • Golf legend gives $60 million for children
  • UChicago residence gets $44 million gift
  • Buffett donates his Cadillac
  • $40 million planned gift to LSU
  • McDonald’s auctions special sauce
  • Roberta Buffett gives $100 million to Northwestern
  • Adelsons donate another $40 million
  • $50 million to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Marathon commuter receives new car
  • $100 million from Geffen to Lincoln Center


  • amfAR Gala Presented by Harry Winston
  • K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Gala
  • Chain of Hope Gala Ball
  • FIDF Miami Gala
  • Hollywood Stands Up to Cancer
  • Elton John Foundation Hosts Oscars Viewing Party
  • SeriousFun New York Gala

The Index

Philanthropy Next

Where Are They Now?

Big Gift: Jay Shidler

Giving a gift that will keep on giving for years to come.

First Person: Bradley Broder

On how to start an african charity.

Five Questions: Gabe Blanchet and Jamie Byron

Grove Labs want you to stop storing food in your kitchen and start growing it there.