Interview: Olivia Leland

Olivia Leland has been at the forefront of two of the most notable global philanthropic initiatives, first at the Giving Pledge and now as founder and CEO of Co-Impact. Between them, they have prompted wealthy individuals and foundations to give more and differently.

As she tells Alliance editor Charles Keidan, both initiatives are about far more than raising or distributing money. They are about creating the collaborative means to use it more effectively and create change at scale...

You were the founding director of the Giving Pledge. How did you become involved with that?

The Pledge came out of conversations that Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett had with philanthropists around the world on encouraging philanthropy. It was very much at the exploratory stage when I was at the Gates Foundation but I was tremendously excited by the potential, so I moved over to work on what a year and a half later became the Giving Pledge, going and talking to people and fleshing out the idea before we launched it.

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