Avram Freedberg Applauds Philanthropic Activity of Wendy Schmidt

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Avram Freedberg of National Collector’s Mint encourages individuals who are interested in philanthropy to look to Wendy Schmidt as a role model.

Avram Freedberg, founder and president of National Collector's Mint, is a professional who is dedicated to engaging in philanthropic activity. Since opening the company in 1994, Freedberg has donated over $2 million on its behalf to non-profit organizations that benefit a wide range of causes. A recent article in Forbes highlights the work of another noted philanthropist—Wendy Schmidt. Wife of Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Wendy is a full-time philanthropist who takes the task of giving back very seriously. Here, Freedberg applauds the work of Schmidt and encourages other professionals to engage in similar charitable activity.

According to the article, Schmidt is involved in 10 different boards, including the America's Cup Organizing Committee and the National Resources Defense Council. Additionally, she runs The Schmidt Ocean Institute and the Schmidt Family Foundation. The 11th Hour Project is the grant making division of the Schmidt Family Foundation that provides funding to an estimated 150 organizations that work in five fields: ecological agriculture, climate and energy, environmentally conscious sailing, human rights, and the health of Nantucket, Massachusetts. As her activity indicates, Schmidt is extremely active with conservation and environmental causes. In addition to her volunteer work, Schmidt has contributed $225 million since 2006 on these and other initiatives.

One of the reasons why Schmidt's efforts have found the level of success that they have (and have created a significant, positive impact on the world) is because she combines a business approach with the personal touch that effective philanthropy requires. She asserts: "Everything I do personally feeds into it [her work with conservation]—the boards I sit on, the kind of intellectual life that I get to be part of."

Avram Freedberg, who is a noted philanthropist himself, believes that Schmidt serves as a wonderful example for a small group of people who have the financial resources required to engage in full-time, high level charitable work. "Not everyone has the money to spend when it comes to donating millions to non-profit organizations or forgoing a traditional job to work full-time as a philanthropist," Freedberg comments. "However, there are some people who have the resources necessary to do so. Anyone who has the ability to get involved on this same level is strongly urged to do so, as I have found philanthropy to be one of the most rewarding and worthwhile activities that I have engaged in."

Avram Freedberg notes that this large-scale philanthropy is key in the establishment and management of non-profit organizations that are able to make a significant difference with regard to the causes that they support.

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Avram Freedberg is the founder and president of National Collector's Mint. Established in 1994, the company is continually expanding while providing internationally-recognized services regarding coins and other collectibles. The organization has its headquarters in Port Chester, New York, and has grown from a two-person operation to an enterprise that has employed as many as 50 professionals. Aside from the business development initiatives spearheaded by the organization, National Collector's Mint is highly active regarding charitable activity. On behalf of his company, Freedberg has donated over $2 million to a variety of non-profit organizations and is looking forward to future contributions that will support key causes.

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