Philanthropist Jennifer Buffett is the featured speaker at the 7th Annual Power of the Purse. Photo courtesy of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

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Philanthropist Jennifer Buffett is the featured speaker at the 7th Annual Power of the Purse. Photo courtesy of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

Philanthropist and community leader Jennifer Buffett is the featured speaker for the 2011 Power of the Purse luncheon taking place Monday, May 23, in Asheville. Buffett is co-chair and president of the NoVo Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on creating a more just and balanced world based on cooperation and compassion, primarily through the empowerment of girls and women.

In September 2008, Jennifer and her husband Peter received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for their “visionary leadership and sustainable, scalable work in solving pressing global challenges.” In December 2009, they were named among Barron’s top 25 most effective philanthropists. In 2010, Jennifer was chosen by President Clinton to be a founding member of Clinton Global Initiative’s young global leaders cohort, CGI Lead. The Buffetts work in philanthropy began in 1997 when Peter’s parents, Warren and the late Susan Buffett, bequeathed Jennifer and Peter a small charitable fund.

Proceeds from Power of the Purse benefit The Women’s Fund, a CFWNC permanent endowment to support the unmet needs of women and girls in the region.

Editor’s note: The Power of the Purse luncheon is at the Expo Center at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville. Visit here for a reservation form or call The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina at (828) 254-4960 for more information.

Kathleen O'Nan

Kathleen O'Nan is a contributing reporter to Carolina Public Press.

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