Women's Month: Top Women Philanthropists
Women are natural givers, often giving much more to others and expecting nothing at all in return. This is why so many are dedicated philanthropists, supporting issues that impact the world. Leading the cause to end world hunger, poverty and provide better healthcare is just the beginning for these ladies, as they fight to make the world a better place through organizations they have often founded themselves.
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Ertharin Cousin is the executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, which serves 100 million beneficiaries worldwide. She fights to end hunger worldwide and advocates awareness of food insecurity and chronic malnutrition. Last year, Forbes ranked her number 69 on its list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
She is no stranger to fortune as the granddaughter of Roy O. Disney, co-founder of The Walt Disney Company. Besides being a philanthropist, she is also a filmmaker whose films have won numerous awards. As a philanthropist, she has founded several organizations including the Daphne Foundation, which works with low-income communities in New York City, and the Peace is Loud, which helps women have a voice through nonviolence.
Gayle is the president and CEO of Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) USA, an organization that fights global poverty. Through her organization, she helps over 122 million people around the world. She is considered one of the top female leaders and global thinkers worldwide.
The leader of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic organizations which focuses on health and health care, Mourey is the company’s first African American and first woman president and CEO. The foundation gives more than $400 million a year.