Steve and Jean Case may best be known for their first revolution—but possibly not for long. With Steve as co-founder, chairman, and CEO of America Online, Inc. (AOL), and Jean as the marketing person who helped bring AOL into millions of homes, this visionary couple literally got America online.
But why stop there? The Cases found success in business by “betting on people and ideas that [could] change world.” When they shifted to philanthropy in their thirties, that much did not change; in fact Jean says that’s “what it’s all about, almost for any philanthropist.”
Case-in-point: When Jean Case uncovered a nonprofit talent need, she turned to corporations to fill it. Not surprisingly, at The Case Foundation, every initiative involves both public and private sector players, as well as one or more philanthropies.
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