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Jennifer Buffett
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Jennifer Buffett is Co-Chair and President of the NoVo Foundation (Latin: create, change), a philanthropic organization focused on creating a more just and balanced world based on cooperation and partnership, primarily through the empowerment of girls and women.

NoVo works to achieve its vision by transforming social attitudes, relationships and institutions that perpetuate injustice - primarily through the empowerment of girls and women. NoVo aims to unlock the potential of girls and women to be powerful agents of change, and to help children grow into caring adults who are skilled at working cooperatively and comfortable across lines of difference. The foundation's approach is to invest in long-term, strategic initiatives that lead to systemic change, specifically ending violence against girls and women, unlocking the potential of adolescent girls, and advancing whole child education and social and emotional learning for U.S. school districts, at significant scale.

NoVo is a major philanthropic partner with the Nike Foundation, fueling “The Girl Effect” -- the social and economic change brought about when every girl has the power to participate equally in her community.

Jennifer Buffett's work in philanthropy began in 1997 when her parents-in-law, Susan and Warren Buffett, bequeathed Jennifer and her husband, Peter Buffett, a small charitable fund. Today she leads the NoVo Foundation overseeing its strategic direction. In addition, Ms. Buffett provides leadership and serves on the boards of the Nike Foundation, V-Day, CASEL (Collaborative for Academic and Social and Emotional Learning), BRAC USA, Apne Aap Women Worldwide and Women Moving Millions.

Jennifer and Peter are recipients of the Clinton Global Citizen Award for their “visionary leadership and sustainable, scalable work in solving pressing global challenges.” In 2010, Jennifer was selected by President Clinton to be a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative’s young global leaders cohort, CGI LEAD. She was recently named one of "150 Women Who Shake the World" by Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

The Ms. Foundation for Women honored the Buffett's philanthropic boldness and commitment with a 2010 “Gloria Steinem Award" and Barron’s ranks them in the top 25 list of most effective philanthropists.

Entries by Jennifer Buffett

Pathways to Power for Girls Worldwide

(5) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 4:02 PM

When my husband Peter and I started our work leading the NoVo Foundation in 2006, we envisioned a mission that fosters a world based on collaboration and partnership, away from our current systems of domination and exploitation.

As we asked advocates around the world what it would...

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Wangari Maathai: A Dream of Trees

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 4:48 PM

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where...

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Let's End Child Marriage in a Generation

(20) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 4:51 PM

At the NoVo Foundation, we know that prioritizing girls and women is one of the most fundamentally sound methods of changing our world for the better. We've learned that helping girls and women help themselves raises living standards for everyone.

Each year a girl stays in school...

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Why I'm Optimistic About West Africa

(6) Comments | Posted April 8, 2011 | 4:22 PM

As I read reports of upheaval in North Africa and watch with apprehension as tensions reach their boiling point in Côte d'Ivoire, it may seem hard to be optimistic about the state of the world -- but I am. I remain hopeful because I know that for every world leader...

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