We are very pleased to announce that the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation has donated $650,000, to help us towards our vision of a world without extreme poverty! Mr Redstone’s total giving now stands at $2.1 million, due to a previous donation and current pledges. We join Hugh Evans, Founder and CEO of the Global Poverty Project, in thanking the foundation and Mr Redstone, “I am delighted with the continued generous support from Sumner Redstone.”
So where will the money go?
Hugh Evans went on to explain, “We have important plans to lead an iconic campaign in New York to coincide with the UN General Assembly meeting in September. His donation will directly contribute to the campaign, helping us call for action from a generation who want to stamp their role in history and are looking to make a huge difference,” .
Mr Redstone’s previous donation went towards supporting the End of Polio Campaign, which is a partnership between the Global Poverty Project and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In the last twenty years, cases of Polio have been reduced by 99% but continued attention and investment needs to be maintained if it is to be eradicated. Nevertheless, the progress that has been made by the campaign, governments and groups is undeniable. As Mr Redstone says, “It is incredible evidence of what global collaboration can achieve “.
Mr. Redstone is well known in media circles as the Executive Chairman of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation. He began his career in Law as the Law Secretary with the U.S. Court of Appeals and at one point served in the Military Intelligence Division during World War II. His involvement in media can be traced back to joining National Amusements, Inc., which is now one of the largest motion picture circuits in the United States. Through the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation and through personal donations, Mr Redstone has supported a wide range of projects and organisations connected with health, education and research as well as The Global Poverty Project.
In response to his recent donation Mr Redstone said:
“I am proud to further my support of the important work of the Global Poverty Project. I am also pleased that both CBS Corporation and Viacom are among the many organizations that are providing support to the Global Poverty Project and I urge other philanthropists, foundations and media outlets to join them to help end extreme poverty on our planet,” .
Let us hope that others, including you, are inspired by his call to action and support organisations, campaigns and efforts to tackle extremepoverty!