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With 24 medals, many of the United States’ top athletes, including comeback kid Bode Miller and phenom Shaun White, have surpassed expectations with magnificent, world-class, performances. However, what I’ve found equally as inspiring as Team USA’s performance are the messages of hope and grace that some of our youngest Olympians have demonstrated. Prime example: US Snowboarder and Olympic silver medalist Hannah Teter. Hannah wowed us with her performance in the halfpipe, but even more impressive is the philanthropic work we learned about during the broadcast. Through Hannah’s Gold (http://www.hannahsgold.com/), Teter raises money for clean water projects, homeless AIDS victims, and the town of Kirindon, Kenya. It’s refreshing and exciting to see a young woman of Hannah’s talents using her stature to give back to the environment. A lesson to all of us: that anyone has the ability to make a difference. See link for more info:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/19/hannah-teter-olympic-snow_n_469244.htmls

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Even during the economic pinch, a very select group of Americans have continued to donate many of their hard-earned dollars to philanthropic causes, such as global health and education initiatives.  BusinessWeek did a great story on these “Top 50 American Philanthropists.”  You can view the article here:

http://tinyurl.com/5jxt8a

Warren Buffett tops this year’s list, giving over $40 billion to charity in the last four years.  Bill and Melinda Gates were runner’s up, a mere $38 billion shy of what Buffett gave to his various philanthropies.

Also, here is the link to the slide show of the men and women who made the list.  You can also check out the top 25 below.

http://images.businessweek.com/ss/08/11/1124_biggest_givers/index.htm?technology+slideshows

Rank Name Background 2004-08 Giving* (millions)
1 Warren Buffett Berkshire Hathaway CEO $40,655
2 Bill & Melinda Gates Microsoft co-founder 2,624
3 George Kaiser Oil and gas, banking, investments 2,377
4 George Soros Investor 2,214
5 William Barron Hilton Heir and former CEO of Hilton Hotels 1,700
6 Walton Family Family of Wal-Mart founder 1,380
7 Herbert & Marion Sandler Golden West Financial co-founders 1,329
8 Peter Peterson Blackstone Group co-founder 1,168
9 Donald Bren Real estate developer 908
10 Michael Bloomberg Bloomberg founder, NYC Mayor 903
11 Jon Huntsman Huntsman chairman 803
12 Bernard Osher Banking, investments 800
13 David Rockefeller Standard Oil heir, banking 770
14 John & Tashia Morgridge Cisco Systems chairman emeritus 715
15 T. Denny Sanford Banking and credit cards 706
16 T. Boone Pickens Energy and investing 704
17 Shelby White Widow of investor Leon Levy 614
18 Alfred Mann Medical devices, aerospace 600
19 Kirk Kerkorian Investor 598
20 Eli & Edythe Broad SunAmerica, KB Home founder 589
21 Jeffrey Skoll Founding president of eBay 551
22 Veronia Atkins Widow of Dr. Robert Atkins 529
23 Robert Wilson Investor 512
24 Pierre & Pam Omidyar eBay chairman and founder 504
25 David Koch Koch Industries executive vice pres. 440

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