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Giving Pledge announces 2021 signatories
December 17, 2021

This post originally appeared in Philanthropy News Digest. Giving-pledge-announces-2021-signatories_full_image

The Giving Pledge has announced that a total of fourteen individuals and couples pledged in 2021 to give the majority of their wealth in support of philanthropic causes, bringing the total number of signatories to two hundred and thirty-one.

The latest signatories are Panthera board chair and former IDEXX Laboratories CEO Jon Ayers and his wife, Helaine (United States); Red Ventures founder and CEO Ric Elias and his wife, Brenda (U.S.); Shift4 Payments CEO Jared Isaacman and his wife, Monica (U.S.); Elastic co-founder and former CEO Steven Schuurman (the Netherlands), and DoorDash co-founder and CEO Tony Xu and his wife, Patti Bao (U.S.).

Those who signed on to the Giving Pledge earlier this year include The Trade Desk co-founder Jeff T. Green; Canva co-founders Cliff Obrecht and Melanie Perkins; Vedanta Foundation founder Anil Agarwal; Kakao founder and chair Beom-su Kim and his wife, Miseon Hyeong; Woowa Brothers Bongjin Kim and his wife, Bomi Sul; Schuler Education Foundation founder Jack Schuler and his wife, Renate; Pinterest co-founder and CEO Ben Silbermann and his wife, Divya Bhaskaran Silbermann; Brazil-based Nubank founder David Vélez and his wife, Mariel Reyes; and BDT Capital Partners founder, chair, and CEO Byron Trott and his wife, Tina.

"I know how lucky my family and I have been and there are so many less fortunate in the world," wrote Isaacman in his pledge letter. "I can’t imagine going through life without trying to make the world a better place than we found it. It doesn’t feel like something optional to me, but an obligation and one some of us should shoulder more than others."

"The Giving Pledge welcomes 14 new signatories." 12/14/2021.

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