William (Bill) Gates is most famously known as the founder of the Microsoft Corporation. However, in more recent years, the focus has shifted to his charitable nature. Alongside his wife, Melinda, Gates started the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, and together the couple conquers the world of philanthropy.
Bill Gates was born in Seattle, Washington in 1955. Gates was invested in technology and computer coding from an early age. After attending a private school in Washington and excelling in the SAT course, Gates was accepted into Harvard University. Subsequently, Gates dropped out after only two years. Driven by a desire to create his own company, and a beginning idea of the type of software he and an old high school friend would create as the product, Gates was determined in his decision to leave Harvard.
Bill Gates founded the Microsoft Corporation in 1975 alongside Paul Allen, and the company grew into the largest software company in the world. The company started as the two men coding and creating revolutionary software – ultimately changing the tech world forever. Today, Microsoft remains a tech super power, with Gates playing a major role. Up until 2000, Gates acted as CEO of the company. While he turned his attention to his foundation after 2000, he remained an active member of the company taking on roles such as chairman, chief software architect, and majority shareholder.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the wealthiest charitable foundation in the world, worth billions of dollars. The foundation provides help in many areas where there is need, from education needs, to medical research, and so on. The foundation’s basic mission is to provide the basics for people to become empowered, and thrive in the global world. The company focuses on issues that have an effect on a global level, and work to attack those rather than focus on regional areas.
While Bill Gates got his start as a fierce entrepreneur in the tech world, as his riches grew, so did his desire to be charitable and give back. Arguably the most charitable man in the world, Gates is a philanthropic exemplar because he not only recognizes the need for charity and volunteerism throughout the world, he has made it his life’s mission to provide it. Along with a personal desire to change the world for the better, Gates advocates for others to get out there and act as well. Through initiatives and partnerships, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has provided care all around the world, constantly working to find solutions to global issues and make the world a better place.
Highly successful fundraising leader with nearly $5 billion raised
- Fundraising professional with 30+ years of significant higher education and healthcare development experience
- Significant track record of increasing philanthropic support
- Directed three major fundraising campaigns
- Nearly $5 billion has been raised under his leadership
About Matt Kupec
Matt Kupec is a fundraising professional with 35 years of significant development experience as the chief development officer at institutions in higher education and healthcare. Here is just a sampling of what has been accomplished under his leadership:
- Nearly $5 billion has been raised to support people, programs and facilities
- He has directed three successful major fundraising campaigns
- The Carolina First Campaign at UNC-Chapel Hill was the 5th most successful university campaign ever in US history.
- Development programs have been recognized as being among the finest in the country.
- Secured many seven and eight figure gifts, including four $50M+ gifts
Matt’s leadership style has been shaped by the many experiences in his lifelong journey as a professional fundraiser. His interactions with leaders in higher education, health care, business, government and the non-profit sector – and even his role as the quarterback of his college football team – have helped to inform his leadership style.
What drives Matt Kupec in his work is his belief that philanthropy does play an important role in providing critical resources to help an organization fulfill its objectives. Fundraising has an impact. Gifts that are secured can truly transform the lives of thousands of people. Matt sees this as a window of opportunity to really make a difference in the world we live. This mentality and vision shapes his overall passion and work ethic each and every day.
One of Matt’s favorite quotes about team playing within an organization is that “when you want to go fast, go alone. But when you want to go far, we must go together.” And you’ll see throughout his experiences, Matt Kupec has always been a champion that team building may be the most important part of developing a very successful fundraising program.
The really wonderful aspect of fundraising is that you learn lessons each and every day. Dealing with donors, volunteers, development staff, and senior management is a work in progress. It has to be cultivated, nurtured and cared for each and every day. How well you succeed in addressing all of these areas will be the answer to what “culture of philanthropy” you are able to establish within your organization. And the stronger that culture, the more successful your fundraising program will be.
The Early Years: Educational Experience
Matt Kupec has always been a leader throughout his life. Born and raised in Syosset, NY on Long Island, he enjoyed a prolific high school career as an outstanding student-athlete. A three sport star – football, basketball and baseball – Matt earned many honors and awards including prep All-American in football where he led his Syosset HS football squad to an undefeated season and #1 ranking as the top High School team in the entire New York state.
With many full scholarship offers to choose from following his successful football career, Matt Kupec chose to accept a full scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill because of its high academic standing and strong football program.
At UNC, Matt was the starting quarterback for four years and led the Tar Heels to bowl games in three of the four seasons. He was named Most Valuable Player in the Liberty and Gator Bowls.
Matt set 19 season and career passing records while a UNC quarterback. In fact, two of those records – most consecutive games throwing a touchdown pass and most wins as a starting quarterback – remain standing nearly 40 years after his playing career. Matt earned a reputation for being a “winner” during his UNC career.
About this Site
$390 billion was given to charities in the United States in 2017! Yes, $390 billion! These dollars came from individuals, corporations and foundations to non-profit organizations. Fundraising continues to become more important for all charities throughout the land due to ever increasing pressures to increase revenue. On this site you will find articles, blogs, and informational videos that can help you in your journey to build a fundraising program that is providing you with the philanthropic resources needed to help your organization meet its ambitious goals.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”