Woman Philanthropist Looks to Fund Solutions

from The Wall Street Journal:

Activist Pushes Social Change in Developing World

Barbara Dobkin isn’t looking to help individuals in need.

Instead, the donor activist, with help from her husband Eric, a former Goldman Sachs partner, is looking to push through lasting social change via the New York-based American Jewish World Service organization.

For the second year in a row, the couple is giving a $250,000 matching gift to support the charity’s programs in women’s empowerment and service in the developing world, enabling the group to raise $1 million for the programs. The gift comes on the heels of $1 million Ms. Dobkin gave through Women Moving Millions, a campaign she helped launch. Last year, the campaign raised $180 million from donors who gave $1 million or more.