Josh Mailman

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Josh Mailman, "President, Sirius Business Corporation. Mr. Mailman has helped start several grantmaking foundations and philanthropic business initiatives since the early 1980s, including the Threshold Foundation and the Social Venture Network, which brings together private investors, company founders and social entrepreneurs with a shared commitment to create a more just and sustainable society through business. He co-founded Business for Social Responsibility in 1992, now one of the largest national organizations focused on promoting business and social responsibility simultaneously. Mr. Mailman is a trustee of the Sigrid Rausing Trust, an advisor to the Rudolf Steiner Foundation, and a board member of the Mailman Foundation. In addition to the Fund, Mr. Mailman serves on the boards of Human Rights Watch, Witness, Sierra Madre Alliance, Blacksmith Institute, Afropop Worldwide, and the Environmental Defenders Law Center." [1]

"Joshua Mailman is the founder of four organizations that have brought together some of the world’s most socially innovative companies: Social Venture Network, Business for Social Responsibility, Social Venture Network/Europe, and Serious Change Fund LLC. He is a Trustee of the Sigrid Rausing Trust, U.K., and the Mailman Foundation; an advisor to RSF Social Finance; and an advisory board member of One World Projects and the Healing Forest Conservancy. He is also a Board member of Human Rights Watch, the Fund for Global Human Rights, the Sierra Madre Alliance, Afropop World-Wide, the Blacksmith Institute, and International Funders of Indigenous Peoples." [2]

"After becoming involved with the Haymarket People’s Fund in college and meeting other investors who were searching for positive ways to use their money, I decided to start a new foundation. In 1981 a friend and I organized a gathering of inheritors who were interested in social change, wanted to explore issues of wealth and privilege, and shared a belief in the interconnected of all life. It was a powerful, transformative experience for everyone who attended. That gathering in the Rocky Mountains turned out to be the first meeting of the Threshold Foundation...

"My giving is much more consistent than my business income. I give away more than half a million dollars a year from the Joshua Mailman Foundation, which has about a $15 million endowment. My giving falls into about four buckets: human rights, sustainability, women’s rights, and culture & film. My wife Monica and I have been on the boards of many of the organizations we give to, including The Fund for Global Human Rights, Witness, the Garrison Institute and the Synergos Institute, where we first met." [3]

His father was Joseph L. Mailman. His wife Monica Winsor .


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  1. Staff and Board, CorpWatch, accessed November 13, 2007.
  2. Jury, Right Livelihood Award, accessed December 20, 2007.
  3. [ Advisors], Reebok Human Rights Foundation, accessed January 21, 2008.

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