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.”

Since 1997, Jean has been pursuing this vision through her work as CEO of The Case Foundation.

Jean Case attests to how painful it can be to admit that a project isn’t working. But the Cases agree, it’s best to make that decision sooner, rather than later—and be transparent about your failure.

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