Target: Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx
Goal: Praise Sara Blakely for pledging to donate half her fortune to charity
Sara Blakely recently agreed to join the Giving Pledge, a campaign started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, two of the world’s richest people. The campaign was introduced in 2010 and it encourages wealthy individuals throughout the world to donate most of their fortunes for philanthropic purposes. After pledging to join this organization, Blakely has become the first female self-made billionaire to make this kind of commitment. Blakely is the creator and founder of Spanx, the brand of shapewear products that help women slim down their figures. Due to her sincerity and goal to help fellow women, Blakely’s decision to join the Giving Pledge must be praised.
Blakely was named by Forbes Magazine last year as the youngest female to become a billionaire all on her own. Blakely first came up with the concept of Spanx when she was working as a salesperson for an office supply company called Danka. After finding the right materials that achieved her goal of slimming the body, she wrote her own patent and created the company. In late 2000, Oprah Winfrey stated that Spanx was one of her favorite products, and the company and its worth soared. Now, Blakely has agreed to share at least half her fortune to help others. In Blakely’s letter, she expresses her goals of helping women.
She writes: “I pledge to invest in women because I believe it offers one of the greatest returns on investment. I am committed to the belief that we would all be in a much better place if half the human race were empowered to prosper, invent, be educated, start their own businesses, run for office – essentially be given the chance to soar!”
She added: “With this pledge my goal is to make the world a better place…one woman at the time.” Her full letter can be found on Givingpledge.org.
Bill Gates, who asked her if she would be willing to join the campaign, first approached Blakely shortly after she appeared on the cover of Forbes Magazine. After taking several months to fully consider the offer, Blakely agreed. Blakely is no stranger to donating her wealth. She recently donated $100,000 to a humanitarian organization called The Empowerment Plan, which helps give jobs to homeless women in Detroit, Michigan.
Blakely now joins the circle of wealthy people who choose to give back. Some of the world’s richest people who have joined the giving pledge are Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Other members who joined at the same time as Blakely include the organization’s first Taiwanese billionaire, textile and retail tycoon Samuel Yin and hedge fund billionaire and LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) activist, Paul Singer.
Blakely hopes that her decision to pledge could ultimately help change women’s lives for the better. Thank Blakely for willing to donate her money to help women.
Dear Sara Blakely,
Your decision to join the giving pledge to help women was highly admirable. Agreeing to donate at least half of your fortune for philanthropic causes is a lot of money, money that some people would not be willing to part with. You, however, like the other members of this campaign, have taken that extra step to help people who need it desperately.
The fact that you want to help give back to the community by making this commitment means a lot. You are an inspiration for women, being the youngest self-made female billionaire. Now, your goals to help women will continue to encourage other women to reach for their dreams.
Thank you for pledging.
[Your Name Here]
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