Author: Jamie Chandler

Not Your Average Secretary: 96 Years-Young Sylvia Bloom Donates $8.2 Million

The splendor of wealth does not always show itself. For Sylvia Bloom, a 96-years-young retired secretary who passed away earlier this year, her $8.2 million dollars in donations to various charities represent a story of humility, philanthropy and generosity rarely seen. Ms. Bloom donated $6.24 million of that amount to the Henry Street Settlement, a social service group in New York City.  Ms. Bloom was a frugal secretary for the same law firm for over 67 years. She accumulated her wealth by paying attention to the investments of the attorneys in her office, who were often asking her to...

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Ellen DeGeneres Is Creating A Better and Kinder World Everyday

When you win a Presidential Medal of Freedom it means you have done something moderately brilliant in your career. Ellen DeGeneres, recipient of the 2016 Presidential Medial of Freedom that was awarded by President Obama, is an inspiration to millions every day thanks to her television show “Ellen” and her engaging social media presence. Her philanthropic endeavors include donating millions of dollars to help fight hunger, fight cancer and ending bullying. She launched the Small Change Campaign with Ben Affleck that contributes to fighting hunger throughout the United States. Here are other charities Ellen gives to: ACLU of Southern...

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Five Female Musicians Making Waves

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards aired this past Sunday, and as the ceremony progressed, there was plenty of talk online about how the Time’s Up movement would engage with the music industry. Lorde, the only female artist nominated for Album of the Year for her 2017 hit “Melodrama”, was not asked to perform, and by the end of the night only one woman had received a solo award. People across the web questioned how so few women received recognition, and in response, the Record Academy President was quoted as saying women in music need to “step up” if they...

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Art | Basel Miami Beach 2017 Highlights: Dan Rees at Galeria Murias Centeno

Eerily uncanny and evocative, the work of Welsh artist Dan Rees stopped me in my tracks soon after I entered the cavernous steel box of the Miami Beach Convention Center for the 2017 version of Art | Basel Miami Beach. Represented by Galeria Murias Centeno in Porto, Mr. Rees’s sculptures and paintings could easily be mistaken for innocent musings and child-like awe. This would not be an egregious mistake. In fact, it is precisely this innocent grace and technical effortlessness that make the show so impactful. The word “impact” is what comes to mind when considering the techniques employed...

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Physician, CEO…. Philanthropist: The Story of Roy Vagelos and His $250M Gift to Columbia University’s Medical School

From doctor to CEO to philanthropist. That’s just part of the journey Dr. Roy Vagelos has taken along his life. The New York Times reports that the good doctor has donated $250 million to the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons with the understanding that the funds are to help students pay their tuitions and living expenses, thereby avoiding student loans. The New York Times reports: With the gift, which is in addition to some $60 million already donated by the couple, the medical school will be officially renamed the Columbia University Roy and Diana Vagelos College of...

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