The face of philanthropy

The world of giving is filled with well-meaning and talented individuals from every background. These influential altruists are making their mark on philanthropy.

The corporate giver
Photographed at Whittier International Elementary School, Minneapolis
The corporate giver
Laysha Ward, Target
More than 60 years ago, George Dayton, Target's founder, began donating 5% of the pretax profits from his legendary department stores. While Dayton's original chain is a retailer of the past, Target carries on the philanthropic torch. Today that 5% donation has mushroomed into more than $3 million in giving each week. Laysha Ward, Target's VP of community relations, and her team are charged with the task of doling out the funds. In 2007 that included donations of 8.48 million pounds of food (which equates to 6.5 million meals), 1,700 free days at 30 museums and theaters, and some thousands of dollars a week to school programs across America.

Last updated January 11 2008: 5:15 PM ET

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