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Charles Annenberg Weingarten
Philanthropist, Filmmaker, Founder, Explore.org
Charles Annenberg Weingarten is a filmmaker, philanthropist, and storyteller. Charles is dedicated to improving the quality of life in developing nations through emerging communication technologies, preserving the environment, improving education, and embracing spirituality to foster a common bond among global citizens.
As a Trustee of the Annenberg Foundation, he started explore as a way to identify selfless individuals who are making a positive social impact through non-profit organizations and initiatives. In all, explore has supported more than 100 non-profit organizations through grants from the Annenberg Foundation.
In 2003, recognizing the importance of social networking on the web, Charles established the Online Communities Program of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California (USC).
Charles has long been an avid supporter of and advocate for independent media. Before starting explore, he wrote and directed several films that were featured in various film festivals. Charles holds a Master’s degree from USC’s School of Cinema-Television and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.