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Gates Foundation CEO donates her 5-year bonus to community center project run by ex-Seahawks star

As CEO of the Invoice and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann has seen firsthand how philanthropy can impression human lives on a worldwide scale. On Tuesday, she was making one other contribution, this time on a neighborhood stage, to an effort backed by a Seattle legend.

As a part of #GivingTuesday, the generosity motion meant to spark charitable giving through the vacation season, Desmond-Hellman had a present in thoughts for former Seattle Seahawks star Doug Baldwin, who helps to create the Family First Community Center in Renton, Wash.

Desmond-Hellman, who has been on the Gates Foundation for 5 years, was eligible to obtain a five-year bonus, which workers donate to a single charity of their selection. On Twitter, Desmond-Hellman stated she selected Baldwin’s project, which is deliberate as a neighborhood hub for households within the community south of Seattle, to assist youngsters attain their training potential.

Baldwin thanked her and congratulated her on her 5 years.

There are numerous different nice #charities that I shall be #giving to this #GivingTuesday and all year long, however it’s @DougBaldwinJr’s Household First Community Center in @CityOfRenton the place I’m donating my @gatesfoundation 5-year reward!#5YearsMakesADifference #MyGivingStory pic.twitter.com/MUPxn94fKj

— Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann (@SueDHellmann) December 2, 2019

The Household First Community Center in @CityOfRenton was impressed by @DougBaldwinJr’s childhood in Florida and the sense of native #community he discovered whereas enjoying for the @Seahawks. It’s going to be fairly superior. He can clarify higher than I can… pic.twitter.com/fl8INHjjPo

— Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann (@SueDHellmann) December 2, 2019

I met @DougBaldwinJr at @Seahawks coaching camp in 2018. He (and @TDLockett12) have been partaking and his curiosity stunned me. He requested nice questions and one, particularly, was whether or not I would help a community center he was constructing in @CityOfRenton. I requested him to inform me extra… pic.twitter.com/6gyDJAq45R

— Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann (@SueDHellmann) December 2, 2019

Baldwin retired final summer time after eight seasons as a large receiver with the Seahawks. On the GeekWire Summit in October, he talked about strolling away from the sport he liked and towards initiatives which might use his experience and fervour. He’s sharing concepts at Mental Ventures, the Bellevue, Wash.-based invention and funding lab, and he joined the board of of Valor Worldwide, a Seattle digital media startup offering providers to the navy community.

Baldwin developed a particular love for Renton, the place the Seahawks have their follow facility, and folks in that small metropolis and beforehand advised GeekWire that he was attracted to the range within the space — and giving again was a “no-brainer.”

“For me personally, it’s at all times been about how I used to be raised, serving these round you and being part of the community for the larger good of that community,” Baldwin stated final November at an occasion in Renton. “When individuals ask me, ‘Why would you like to do that?,’ properly, I’m part of one thing. I’m part of the human collective and I need to be part of it that’s moving into a progressive method and doing issues in a constructive approach.”

Desmond-Hellmann, who stated on Twitter that she was raised to consider that she “ought to share luck with these missing related alternatives,” has seen the billions of {dollars} from the Gates Foundation impression the whole lot from world well being to household planning to training, vitamin, and agriculture. She told GeekWire in 2018 that they’re all investments in human capital.

“All through historical past, once you spend money on human capital, good issues occur,” she stated.

And on the GeekWire Summit that year, she added, “I inform individuals there’s no dangerous generosity. It could be your church, it could be the native soup kitchen, it could be truly someone you say a sort phrase to since you’re being beneficiant and sort and may sense they may want a sort phrase.”

I’ve been fortunate in life, and I used to be raised to consider I ought to share luck with these missing related alternatives. Why is #philanthropy necessary to you? What’s a #nonprofit I ought to learn about this #GivingTuesday? What’s your #MyGivingStory? https://t.co/YmvPINrYnM

— Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann (@SueDHellmann) December 2, 2019

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