““[Bill Gates] has been historically one of my best supporters…One of my favorite e-mails he ever sent me…I proposed this crazy project. And he sent back this two-line response: ‘This has got to be the craziest thing you’ve ever suggested. Please proceed.’” ”
BJT readers–who represent one of the highest-net-worth magazine audiences anywhere–clearly have the means to contribute to a better world. To help you do that, we’re spotlighting one deserving organization per issue. All of them have received a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org), which evaluates philanthropic institutions based on their finances, accountability and transparency.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and their families. Founded in 2004 by a veteran of the Iraq war, IAVA strives to build an empowered generation of veterans who can provide sustainable leadership for their country and local communities. It allows those who have served to connect with one another via an online network to foster a strong, supportive community. IAVA also creates opportunities for veterans to gain access to customized health care, education and employment services. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America seeks to make veterans a part of the national media conversation, “shaping the dialogue and connecting the 99 percent of the population who have not served in Iraq or Afghanistan with the 1 percent who have.”