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April 2, 2020

The role of philanthropy in fighting global diseases

It is important for successful business leaders to give back to the worldwide community. Philanthropic efforts play a large role in combating the devastating effects of global diseases. Over the years, a lot more work has been accomplished towards disease eradication than perhaps would have been, thanks to the generous donations of corporate benefactors. Many business leaders dedicate themselves to treating and eradicating a specific disease, such as cancer or AIDS. In some cases, someone close to the philanthropist may have suffered from the disease. Here are a few of the highly successful philanthropists working towards a brighter and healthier future throughout the world:

Wesley and Lynn Edens


Milwaukee Buck’s owner Wesley Edens and his wife Lynn contributed $2 million to create an endowed professorship known as the Edens Professorship in Global Health, at Macalester College. The first professorship will concentrate on health and medical geography. This position will allow for a better analysis of the geography of infectious diseases all over the world. The Edens Professorship will help others meet the challenges of disease treatment and prevention for a better worldwide future.

Bill and Melinda Gates

Bill Gates is famous all over the world for being the head of Microsoft. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to give people all over the world the chance to rise from poverty. This includes better education and easier access to treatment of devastating medical conditions and diseases.

The Abbot Fund

The Abbott Fund has invested $337 million in healthcare programs around the world. Their recent projects include building a better healthcare system in Tanzania and improving services offered to uninsured Americans. They also make an effort to improve health education so the risk of contracting a disease is reduced as much as possible.

Small changes lead to larger ones

Even those with small businesses can help improve the health of others through philanthropy. A fund-raiser for the local children’s hospital or contributing to a scholarship fund for students wishing to pursue a medical degree can help fight infectious diseases. As your business grows in level of success, you can adjust how much you contribute to your favorite causes. Small contributions add up over time – no philanthropic effort is too small. Encourage those at your place of work or your business to volunteer time to nonprofit organizations, or suggest charity projects that everyone can get involved with.

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