Patti Harris’ Annual Letter on Philanthropy

 

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We have always believed in big, bold ideas at Bloomberg Philanthropies, and in 2014, our ambitions continued to grow. It was a year in which our founder – Michael Bloomberg – left public office and returned to the private sector, allowing him to spend more time on his philanthropic passions. As a result, it was a year filled with new commitments on new issues, new partnerships with new allies, and new initiatives aimed at achieving new goals.

 

Our approach to philanthropy, as Michael Bloomberg explains on the previous pages, is unique. We’re entrepreneurial at heart and apply the best lessons from business and government to the management of our global philanthropic work. By staying lean, our talented team of experts and staff can act quickly and boldly to tackle emerging issues. It keeps us nimble and allows decisions to be made quickly, as well as empowers every staff member on every level to put their best ideas forward and interact directly with key leadership.

 

We also work to identify serious problems that receive too little attention – or that are too easily accepted as social or cultural norms. Reducing tobacco use, our first major investment in a global campaign, certainly fits that description, but so do many other areas of our work. And last year, we announced new initiatives, including one to combat drowning deaths in Bangladesh, where 32 children drown every day.

 

We also added a new program to reverse the decline in the world’s fish supply, which threatens both human health and the ecosystems that sustain oceanic life.

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Patti Harris’ Letter on Philanthropy

  We have always believed in big, bold ideas at Bloomberg Philanthropies, and in 2014, our ambitions continued to grow. It was a year in which our founder – Michael Bloomberg – left public office and returned to the private sector, allowing him to spend more time on his philanthropic passions. As a result, it […]