A Word From Our Founder

IT IS THE DREAMERS TURN!

May 30th 2020 will go into the history books due to the vision of a South African/Canadian/American dreamer: Elon Musk.

We met Elon early in his career and were taken by his vision for a better world: electric cars, solar energy and pioneering private efforts in space exploration.

And now just a few years later, for the first time in history an individually conceived and privately built spacecraft carried men towards other planets and by doing so towards the space-based future of humanity.

This story started in Canada with another dreamer—Jeff Skoll—the young man who wrote the original business plan that made e-Bay a global phenomenon.

As the new commerce platform needed a secure payment system Skoll met Elon Musk along the way—a fellow Canadian at the time—and shortly thereafter e-Bay purchased Musk’s PayPal.

Fast forward: restlessly out of the box-thinker Musk—risking everything he had—brought us Tesla cars—a new horizon in more eco-friendly transportation—and now he opened the gates for private enterprise to show the way to a future that includes life on distant planets—achievable with reusable space transportation.

On May 30th 2020 all eyes turned skyward to witness a rocket ship built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company thunder away from Earth with two Americans ushering in a new era of commercial space travel and putting NASA back in the business of launching astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade.

Meanwhile on our Blue Planet, Elon’s friend Jeff Skoll (a member of the board of Lifestyles Magazine/Meaningful Influence) answering the urgent needs of Humanity—just upped his pandemic-related philanthropic commitment by another $100 million—bringing the size of his total commitment to date to half a billion dollars.

The American entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well.

The best is yet to come!

Gabriel A. Erem

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We at Lifestyles Magazine/Meaningful Influence are fortunate to have close relationships with the world’s leading philanthropists and medical experts.

One of our recent cover stories featured Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a renown surgeon, professor, inventor, and leading philanthropist. He is an adjunct professor of surgery and executive director of the Wireless Health Institute at UCLA and a visiting professor at Imperial College London and Dartmouth College. Dr. Soon-Shiong has published more than 100 scientific papers and has more than 230 issued patents worldwide on advancements spanning numerous fields in technology and medicine.

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COVID-19 Philanthropic Response

The coronavirus outbreak is a dominant factor in today’s philanthropy—as in just about every other sector of society—with new announcements every day from major funders in response to the threat.

Tens of billions have been committed globally to contain the virus and address its fallout, much of those funds from governments, the World Bank and other international organizations.

While normally here at Lifestyles Magazine/Meaningful Influence we solely focus on the most significant individual philanthropic donors, to keep our readers fully updated an all ongoing efforts—private and public—we are giving you real-time access to the most current available data—as tracked live by the Kaiser Family Foundation: