"Being a bystander to suffering is not an option," notes Jim Greenbaum, the Founder and Managing Director of The Greenbaum Foundation. A native of Monroe, Louisiana, and a graduate of the University of Virginia, Jim entered the workforce with one primary goal in mind -- to make as much money as quickly as possible in order to use those funds to help make the world a better place.
Jim founded and became CEO of Access Long Distance in 1985. Seven years later, at 32 years of age, Jim made the decision to give the corporate world only another eight years. Keeping true to that plan, Jim sold the company in 1999, soon growing his net worth to $133,000,000. Jim has committed to contributing in excess of 85% of his assets to charitable projects ending suffering (human and non-human) during his lifetime, and the remainder of his estate soon thereafter. The foundation’s assets will also be spent down during his lifetime. To date, Jim has already contributed more than $40,000,000 to the foundation.
Jim is passionate about bringing business efficiency and selfless, common sense approaches to the humanitarian world. He describes his approach to giving as Golden Rule Philanthropy. Jim also hopes to encourage more high net worth individuals to become philanthropic, to do so during their lifetimes, and to follow an Effective Altruistic approach of giving for at least one-half of their giving. (Effective altruism is a growing social movement founded on the desire to make the world as good a place as it can be, the use of evidence and reason to find out how to do so, and the audacity to actually try. The primary focuses - Saving Lives; Ending Suffering; and Saving the planet.) Jim is a Board Member of Tostan, and also the Executive Producer of the modern day slavery documentary film "Not My Life." Jim is a long time member of YPO/WPO and the Clinton Global Initiative, and also a regular attendee at Skoll World Forum, the Women Moving Millions Summit, the Animal Rights Conference, and Global Philanthropy Forum.
Partnering with Jim in the foundation’s work is his wife, Lucie Berreby-Greenbaum, a member of the Foundation's Board, and also the Foundation's Director of Animals Projects.
A multilingual native of Montreal, Canada, Lucie oversees the Foundation's Animal Rights and Welfare work while assisting with global human trafficking and other projects in countries where her unique managerial and linguistic skills are in need. Lucie also serves on the board of FACE Foundation. Lucie has a natural affinity towards all animals. She strives to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves, to help the world understand the true nature of all sentient beings.
© The Greenbaum Foundation 2014