Jessie Spector Jessie Spector
I learned the values of humble generosity and living in moderation early on from my family. My parents were wonderfully philanthropic in untraditional ways (and traditional ones too).  My father is a terrific organizer; our house was always filled with... More
Russell Roybal Russell Roybal
I didn't get to where I am today by myself. I am the product of an extended family, raised by the proverbial "village." I grew up sharing as a family norm. We didn't have a lot growing up, but we had more than others and we shared what we had. We had a... More
Catherine M. Pino and Ingrid Duran Catherine M. Pino and Ingrid Duran - Featured October 2013
Ingrid: I grew up in the Chicano movement in East L.A. in the 60s with parents who were Chicano Activists. My passion for civil rights was sparked by the age of 5 attending farmworker rallies with Latino icons like Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Giving back... More
Wendy Chang Wendy Chang - Featured August 2013
Justice is realized through moments in time - something you must see or experience to understand. There are two defining moments in my life that have shaped my view of social justice. When I was just about 5 years old, my family emigrated from Taiwan. We... More
Terrence Meck Terrence Meck - Featured April 2013
On my thirtieth birthday, my partner Rand was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  He passed away just four months later, on Independence Day of 2008.  Nothing in my life had prepared me to deal with such a loss. In the four years since his death, I... More
Jessan Hutchison-Quillian Jessan Hutchison-Quillian - Featured September 2013
In 2007, at 20 years old, I got my first job as an engineer.  When I opened the offer letter from Google, I realized that my starting salary of over $100,000 would be more than anyone I'd ever been close to had made.  I knew for sure that I didn't... More
Cathie Hartnett Cathie Hartnett - Featured July 2012
When I was twenty-five, I inherited a lot of money.  I'm not sure exactly how much, but I know it would be worth millions today.  I wasn't given any direction in how to use it.  I was literally handed an envelope filled with stock... More
Brickson Diamond Brickson Diamond - Featured June 2012
I focus my giving on organizations and efforts that increase access.  This means opening pathways to positions of power for people from communities that are traditionally excluded.  As a gay, black man who grew up in Atlanta, Georgia during the... More
Jason Franklin Jason Franklin - Featured February 2012
I was just 14 years old when I had my first success as a community organizer.  Angry about major proposed cuts to public education in state, I co-founded a student organizing effort to "save the Oregon school system."  I was thrilled as we grew from... More
Charlie Rounds Charlie Rounds - Featured October 2011
Deciding to give it all was easy.   I was an early partner in RSVP, the first tour company to give gay and lesbian people a spectacular and harassment-free vacation. After 16 years in the business I sold my share to one of the partners.  The... More

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