Jim Greenbaum

Founder & Managing Director,
The Greenbaum Foundation

“Being a bystander to suffering is not an option,” notes Jim Greenbaum, the Founder and Managing Director of The Greenbaum Foundation. A native of Monroe, Louisiana, and a graduate of the University of Virginia, Jim entered the workforce with one primary goal in mind — to make as much money as quickly as possible in order to use those funds to help make the world a better place.

Jim founded and became CEO of Access Long Distance in 1985. Seven years later, at 33 years of age, Jim made the decision to give the corporate world only another seven years. Keeping true to that plan, Jim sold the company in 1999, soon growing his net worth to $133,000,000. Jim has committed to contributing in excess of 85% of his assets to charitable projects ending suffering (human and non-human) during his lifetime, and the remainder of his estate soon thereafter. The foundation’s assets will also be spent down during his lifetime. To date, Jim has already contributed more than $40,000,000 to the foundation.

Jim is passionate about bringing business efficiency and selfless, common sense approaches to the humanitarian world. He also hopes to encourage more high net worth individuals to become philanthropic, to do so during their lifetimes, and to follow an Effective Altruistic approach of giving for at least one-half of their donations. (Effective altruism is a growing social movement founded on the desire to make the world as good a place as it can be, the use of evidence and reason to find out how to do so, and the audacity to actually try. The primary focuses – Saving Lives; Ending Suffering; and Saving the planet.) Jim is a Board Member of Tostan, and also the Executive Producer of the modern day slavery documentary film “Not My Life.” Jim is a long time member of YPO/WPO and the Clinton Global Initiative, and also a regular attendee at Skoll World Forum, the Women Moving Millions Summit, the Animal Grantmakers Conference, and Global Philanthropy Forum.