Giving Pledge

Indian American entrepreneur Aneel Bhusri (pictured) and Allison Bhusri were among 14 signatories who announced they will join the “Giving Pledge.” The Giving Pledge invites the world's wealthiest philanthropists to commit more than half of their wealth to charitable causes during their lifetimes or in their wills. (Twitter photo)

The Giving Pledge upped its number of total philanthropists to 183 after announcing May 30 that another 14 joined the group.

The nearly 200 philanthropists who have joined the group hail from 22 countries, including 40 from the U.S., the organization announced in a news release.

Among the group announced May 30 were Indian American entrepreneur Aneel Bhusri and Allison Bhusri of the U.S. Other signatories included Rohini and Nandan Nilekani of India, Dr. B.R. Shetty and Dr. C.R. Shetty of the United Arab Emirates, and Shamsheer and Shabeena Vayalil of the U.A.E. and India.

Aneel Bhusri is the co-founder and chief executive officer at Workday. He has been a leader, product visionary and innovator in the enterprise software industry for more than 20 years, according to his Workday bio.

In addition to his role at Workday, Bhusri serves on the board of Intel and is an advisory partner at Greylock, a leading venture capital firm that he has been associated with since 1999. Before co-founding Workday in 2005, Bhusri held a number of leadership positions at PeopleSoft, including senior vice president responsible for product strategy, business development and marketing and vice chairman of the board.

He holds a M.B.A. from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and economics from Brown University. He is a Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

The Giving Pledge, now in its eighth year since launching in 2010, is a multi-generational initiative, created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, and invites the world's wealthiest philanthropists to commit more than half of their wealth to charitable causes during their lifetimes or in their wills.

"Over the past eight years, we've been inspired by the dedicated philanthropists who have chosen to join the Giving Pledge, and this year's group is no exception. They are passionate about using their wealth to help reduce inequities and improve the lives of everyone in the world," said Warren Buffett in a statement.

"We welcome their energy, enthusiasm, and creativity, and look forward to learning from them as we all work to ensure our giving makes a positive difference," Buffett added.

Many of the new additions to the Giving Pledge are already actively engaged in philanthropy, providing support to a range of causes including education, poverty alleviation, medical and healthcare research, economic development, entrepreneurship, and advocacy and governance, the organization said.

They bring to philanthropy their expertise from fields such as finance, food retail, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, property development, technology and venture capital, it added.

Recently, the Giving Pledge group convened for its annual two-day learning conference to discuss their own experiences in giving and learn from outside experts about how to be most effective with their philanthropy.

People who have joined the Giving Pledge are united by a shared commitment to learning and giving, and they participate in learning events throughout the year in addition to the annual conference.

Topics discussed at this year's annual gathering include how to help build effective grantee partnerships, data-driven giving, pros and cons of different philanthropic structures, and giving with family, as well as how philanthropy can make a difference on issues like education, clean water and sanitation, the opioid crisis, and supporting women leaders to improve health and economic outcomes globally.

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