The Giving Pledge, a charitable organization aimed at the ultra-wealthy like Denis Obrien and Mark Zuckerburg, with the goal of enticing the wealthy to contribute their vast wealth to philanthropic and humanitarian endeavors, recently announced that it had upped its numbers to 183, following an additional 14 wealthy individuals joining the organization.
The group was formed back in 2010 by three key people, Microsoft founder Bill Gate alongside his wife Melinda, and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, and has since grown to include nearly 200 philanthropists from across 22 countries from across the world, with 40 of the members hailing from the United States, according to a news release from the organization. Currently, it’s aimed at bringing in as many philanthropists like Denis Obrien to their ranks.
Among the new 14 members, announced on the 30th of May, 2018, are Indian American entrepreneur AneelBhusri and Allison Bhusri. Of the US Other signatories, included Rohini and NandNilekani of India, Dr. B.R. Shetty and C.R. Shetty from the United Arab Emirates, as well as Shamsheer and ShabeenaVayalil of the UAE and India.
According to his Workday bio, AneelBhusri is one of the Co-founders of Workday, and its CEO. His bio adds that he’s also been a leader, product visionary and key player in the enterprise software industry in India for over 2 decades.
The Giving Pledge, now on its eight year of operations, says that they’ve been inspired by the dedicated philanthropists who have decided to join their ranks, and the group says that these years’ no exception. They say that these philanthropists are passionate about using their vast wealth to alleviate inequities and improve the world.
Warren Buffet, one of the co-founders, says that they welcome the new members’ energy, dedication and creativity, and that the Giving Pledge looks forward to learning from them as the group works to ensure that they can make a positive difference.
Members were present at The Giving Pledge annual gathering, where they discussed ways to be as effective as possible with philanthropy, tackling social issues like data-driven giving, the pros and cons of philanthropic structures, as well how philanthropy can help with issues like education, sanitation, the opioid crisis and supporting female leaders for the improvement of health and economic outcomes across the world.