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Laura Merage Featured In Forbes

Jun 16 2021

On June 16, 2021 Laura Merage shared with Forbes the pivotal role of venture philanthropy in addressing some of our societies biggest challenges.

“I believe sustainable, systemic social change for future generations requires more than just grant checks. Many people and organizations give charitable donations and that’s where it stops. That’s a good place to start, but I think to truly make a difference it is important to be hands-on and share your know-how and experiences. We must also speak out about the problems we’re looking to solve. It makes our philanthropy more powerful and effective.”

She also shared how her background helped shape her as an artist and a philanthropist. And the importance of letting passion and perseverance drive your work.

Griffin: What advice can you give to people who have a vision and want to make a difference?

Merage: “No” isn’t an answer you should ever accept. As a parent, an artist, and in our business ventures, I learned to persevere no matter what. If it is not working one way, shift and go a different direction. For women especially, if you have drive and a vision, don’t give up. Find a supportive network and join forces with like-minded people. Adapt, transform, pull from your personal experiences and advocate for yourself and your cause.

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