• Jacqueline Sampson

Giving Thanks for Giving Back

With Fall in full fruition, November is upon us and we all know what that means... Thanksgiving! As we give thanks and celebrate the wonderful season upon us, let’s shine a light on the givers of the entrepreneurship world to see just how they chose to give back.

Starting out on our list of generous givers is Mark Zuckerberg! As we all know, Zuckerberg is the man behind one of the largest social media platforms that we know as Facebook. This invention gives us the ability to keep in touch with friends and family from essentially anywhere in the world! In response to this invention, he became one of the richest people in the world before he’d even turned 35! Zuckerberg proves his gratitude for the positive response to his ground-breaking invention by donating $1 billion to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation! This foundation provides aid to the impoverished members of the community and I think we can all agree that this was a great way to give thanks.

As we reign in the season of family and friends, it’s important to recognize the creator of one of the most well-known novel and movie series that has been shared between families and friends since 1997...That’s right, Harry Potter’s own, J.K. Rowling! While Rowling is recognized by many people through her incredibly entertaining and thought provoking series, she’s done more than just create entertainment. In fact, Rowling has donated most of her money to charity, which results in billions of dollars that have gone to various organizations all over the world. So while we will probably continue to discuss the famous Harry Potter series until the end of time, it’s important to recognize the person behind this legacy and admire the fact that she is doing amazing things for the less fortunate world around us. Not only is Rowling a creative genius, she is an extremely generous individual who is well-deserving of our thanks during this holiday of gratitude!

Once we’ve fully endured our day of thanks, and we’ve indulged in our delicious Thanksgiving feasts, we usually feel like we’re about to explode out of our clothes...not a super flattering look! However, thanks to inventor Sara Blakely, we can continue on with our festivities and feel great while doing it. How? With Spanx! Thanks to this clever and handy invention, we can conceal even our most bloated, post-feast bodies. Blakely even opened up a product-line for men so anyone and everyone can feel and look their best at any time of day. While bringing this invention to us would seem to be enough, Blakely promised to donate half of the wealth of her $1.1 billion company to philanthropy. Now that’s what we call getting in the Thanksgiving spirit!

While we could go on and on about the grand givers of the world, there’s just simply not enough time! So here’s a shout-out to all of the amazing people of the world who have made such a positive impact on society as we know it, thank you for being you! And thank you for doing all of the incredible things you do. Now it’s time to bundle up, eat up and enjoy your holiday however you choose, and have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving!





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