Academy Award winning actress Hilary Swank, former AOL AOL +% executive and philanthropist Jean Case and food systems entrepreneur Kimbal Musk converged at UBS ’s first annual American philanthropy summit earlier this week to connect over mutual causes ranging from rescuing overlooked dogs from shelters to addressing global issues through impact investing.
Silver screen star Hilary Swank, whose newly formed nonprofit Hilaroo rescues animals from shelters and connects them with kids living in foster care or group homes, came to the conference on a mission: She’s currently aiming to raise $70 million so the year-old organization can purchase at least 70 acres in Los Angeles to build a facility for the dogs to live in (including a kennel and veterinary services area) and for the kids to also play sports and study after school. “The kids have seen these dogs that have been kicked to the curb like they have. It touches their heart in a place that is special,” she later told FORBES. “We take the animals that don’t have a fair chance and could get euthanized, temperament train them, and then bring in at-risk youth. They’ll pick their dog and take care of the dog on the property after school. They’ll also get tutoring before they go home.”
Since its inception in 2015, the foundation has held three summer day camps with a total of 150 kids. Once the permanent facility is built, summer camps will become overnight and will also be combined with regular after-school programs. Her big dream? Ten years down the line she wants to have an accredited high school on the land and also offer up housing for those who leave the foster care system once they’re 18. She’s going to need a lot of billionaire donors to make that happen.
– Events UBS’s First US Philanthropy Conference > September 2016