Jeffrey Epstein, Renowned Philanthropist, Celebrates Union of Philanthropy and Innovation

Google has partnered with the Charity: Water organization to wed technological innovation with a zeal for philanthropy—drawing the attention of prominent science philanthropist, Jeffrey Epstein.

Jan 08, 2013, 06:00 ET from Jeffrey Epstein

NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A recent Associated Press story highlights an unlikely but inspired marriage of cutting-edge technology with old-fashioned philanthropy—more specifically, a union between the titanic corporation Google and a non-profit called Charity: Water. The story reveals how a $5 million grant from Google has enabled Charity: Water to ensure long-term, sustainable initiatives at bringing clean water to poor areas across the world. The report has won the attention of tech enthusiasts and philanthropists alike—including the prominent science philanthropist, Jeffrey Epstein.

The article highlights the ongoing work of Charity: Water, an organization that has, in the past six years, funded 7,000 clean water projects in some of the world's most impoverished areas. Though the non-profit's zeal for serving the 800 million people in this world who lack clean water supplies is nothing but admirable, practical concerns have weighed on the organization's leaders—namely, the lack of awareness as to how many of its wells are still flowing with clean water, months or even years after their openings.

Enter Google, which, according to the Associated Press, has pledged to spend $5 million to install high-tech sensors in wells across Africa, providing real-time data on which wells are still functioning and which are not. The Google sensors will allow Charity: Water to use its resources more effectively, and to ensure that its clean water projects are built for long-term success.

This collision of charitable giving with Digital Age-technology has won the attention of Jeffrey Epstein, a financier, science investor, a technology enthusiast and a long-time philanthropist. His Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation supports cutting-edge scientific research around the world, and financed the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University.

Epstein weighed in on the Associated Press article with a new statement to the press.

"Google's initiative to sensor water wells is a key example of how inventive philanthropy can uniquely assist societies in all fields, from medicine to conservation and agriculture," Jeffrey Epstein asserts.

The donation to Charity: Water marks the beginning of the Google Global Impact Awards, in which the company will pledge a total of $23 million to non-profit groups around the globe. The Associated Press report notes that Google's actions fit into a broader trend of philanthropists using technology as a vehicle for social change.


Jeffrey Epstein is a money manager and philanthropist whose passion is for investing in scientific inquiry and education, throughout the world. Through the work of his Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation, he has made significant contributions to universities, hospitals, museums, laboratories, individual scientists and numerous charitable organizations. He is also the organizer of the Jeffrey Epstein Forum, an online avenue for the exchange and development of ideas related to science, technology, economics, and culture. In addition to founding the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation, and The Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University, Jeffrey Epstein is a former member of Rockefeller University, the New York Academy of Science, the Trilateral Commission, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He currently sits on the board of the Mind, Brain and Behavior Committee at Harvard University.

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