Partners in Living and Giving
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Join two philanthropic couples, Tricia and Jeff Raikes and Cindy Mercer and Bruce Braden, for a facilitated dialogue about how to balance personal and shared giving interests. Hear about their approaches to giving personally and in partnership, lessons learned from their successes and failures, and strategies for nurturing their values, philanthropic vision, and impact.
Bruce Braden is a philanthropist, energy and real estate entrepreneur, arts patron, teacher, sports fan, Vietnam veteran, and outdoorsman. If there’s one thing that’s never defined Bruce, it’s his type 1 diabetes. Diagnosed at age 38, Bruce believes managing diabetes has actually made him healthier. As he puts it, “ Some have said the secret to a long and healthy life is to acquire a chronic disease and manage it. It’s made me more aware and grateful.” Bruce wanted to make a difference for people with diabetes and believes in focusing his philanthropy locally. He co-founded the Braden Diabetes Center at Marin General Hospital. The BDC provides self-management skills on lifestyle and preventive measures, peer support, intensive management strategies and insulin therapy. Bruce has also supported a variety of local life enriching programs in the San Francisco area such as the Golden Gate University Braden School of Taxation, the Stanford Storytelling Project and the Smuin Contemporary Ballet Company.
Cindy Mercer is a strategist committed to results-driven alliance building. With philanthropist Addison Fischer, Cindy co-founded Planet Heritage Foundation (PHF). PHF is an entrepreneurial; grant-making foundation focused on facilitating funder and NGO collaborations benefiting climate, oceans, forests, biodiversity, health freedom and sustainable agriculture. PHF just launched The Aligned Intermediary to help large scale, long-term investors (LTIs) channel significant amounts of institutional capital into resource innovation investments – energy, waste and water – identifying deals that meet specific financial rates of return, while also reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. Thus far, four LTI’s have signed letters of intent to deploy a billion dollars of capital through AI-identified transactions. With Oak, Marisla, Waitt and DiCaprio Foundations, PHF also launched Oceans 5 -- a global marine funder's collaborative focused on marine protection and constraining overfishing (www.orceans5.org), as well as Energy Options Network -- a global network of energy sector experts committed to expanding the zero carbon technology toolkit to address climate change at scale.
Cindy serves on the board of The Philanthropy Workshop and is deeply engaged a number of donor education collaboratives Since early 1990s, she has managed private foundations, served as an advisor and board member to various NGOs and has a background in non-profit law, advocacy, strategic planning and mediation. As a result, Cindy has become keenly interested in the nuts of bolts of collaboration and the power of partnership!
Jeff and Tricia Raikes are co-founders of the Raikes Foundation, which works toward a just and inclusive society where all young people have the support they need to reach their full potential. The foundation focuses on youth-serving systems, seeking to make them work better on behalf of the most marginalized young people in our society. The couple first met at Microsoft Corporation, where Tricia led the company’s Creative Services Division and Jeff later served as president of the Microsoft Business Division. After a 27-year career at Microsoft, Jeff served as CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2008 to 2014. He is chair of the Stanford University Board of Trustees and sits on the boards of Costco Wholesale and, along with Tricia, the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Tricia has been recognized as a White House Champion of Change for the foundation’s work on youth homelessness. Jeff and Tricia have three children and live in Seattle.
Kimberly Myers Hewlett is treasurer of the Myers Family Foundation and a board member of the Flora Family Foundation. She is also a development officer at the Stanford University Medical Center. Previously, she worked for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and served as alumni relations director for the Stanford University Medical School. She is an alumna of The Philanthropy Workshop West, a "boot camp" for emerging philanthropists. Hewlett received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She currently lives in Mountain View, CA with her husband Billy and two children.
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