Gates Foundation CEO donates her 5-year bonus to community center project run by ex-Seahawks star


Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, left, and former Seattle Seahawks star Doug Baldwin. (Twitter Photo via @SueDHellmann)

As CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann has seen firsthand how philanthropy can impact human lives on a global scale. On Tuesday, she was making another contribution, this time on a local level, to an effort backed by a Seattle legend.

As part of #GivingTuesday, the generosity movement meant to spark charitable giving during the holiday season, Desmond-Hellman had a gift in mind for former Seattle Seahawks star Doug Baldwin, who is helping to create the Family First Community Center in Renton, Wash.

Desmond-Hellman, who has been at the Gates Foundation for five years, was eligible to receive a five-year bonus, which employees donate to a single charity of their choice. On Twitter, Desmond-Hellman said she chose Baldwin’s project, which is planned as a local hub for families in the community south of Seattle, to help kids reach their education potential.

Baldwin thanked her and congratulated her on her five years.

There are many other great #charities that I will be #giving to this #GivingTuesday and throughout the year, but it’s @DougBaldwinJr’s Family First Community Center in @CityOfRenton where I’m donating my @gatesfoundation 5-year gift!#5YearsMakesADifference #MyGivingStory pic.twitter.com/MUPxn94fKj

— Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann (@SueDHellmann) December 2, 2019

The Family First Community Center in @CityOfRenton was inspired by @DougBaldwinJr’s childhood in Florida and the sense of local #community he found while playing for the @Seahawks. It’s going to be pretty awesome. He can explain better than I can… pic.twitter.com/fl8INHjjPo

— Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann (@SueDHellmann) December 2, 2019

I met @DougBaldwinJr at @Seahawks training camp in 2018. He (and @TDLockett12) were engaging and his curiosity surprised me. He asked great questions and one, in particular, was whether I’d support a community center he was building in @CityOfRenton. I asked him to tell me more… pic.twitter.com/6gyDJAq45R

— Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann (@SueDHellmann) December 2, 2019

Baldwin retired last summer after eight seasons as a wide receiver with the Seahawks. At the GeekWire Summit in October, he talked about walking away from the game he loved and toward projects which could use his expertise and passion. He’s sharing ideas at Intellectual Ventures, the Bellevue, Wash.-based invention …read more


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