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Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen and Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Rajiv Shah. Photo: Beatrice Moritz for Axios

Yesterday morning, Axios' Mike Allen kicked off Giving Tuesday in New York City, hosting a series of conversations with thought leaders on the most innovative and effective approaches to social good.

Why it matters: Mike unpacked their stories, missions, and what they see as the future of giving back.

David Gilboa, Warby Parker CEO
Mike Allen and Warby Parker CEO David Gilboa. Photo: Beatrice Moritz for Axios

Gilboa discussed how and why Warby Parker baked a social mission into their company from day one.

  • How: Through Warby Parker's “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” program they have distributed [Corrected] over 4 million pairs of glasses across the world.
  • Why: "Over a billion people don’t have the glasses they need to work, learn or provide for families."
Dr. Rajiv Shah, Rockefeller Foundation President
Mike Allen and Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Rajiv Shah. Photo: Beatrice Moritz for Axios

Dr. Shah explained how the Rockefeller Foundation is using tech and innovative solutions to advance its goals and what role philanthropy can play in society.

  • "Data science can help end poverty around the world. It can be a huge part of the toolkit to make sure no mother has to die in childbirth or to pinpoint what individuals can serve as engines of growth in their communities."
  • Philanthropy can step in when the government doesn't. It "can be the 'risk capital' to combat issues such as climate change and inequality, even as governments worldwide step back from these fights."
Anne Finucane, Bank of America Vice Chairman
Mike Allen and Bank of America Vice Chairman Anne Finucane. Photo: Beatrice Moritz for Axios

Finucane dug into the most effective ways for a financial institution like Bank of America to give back, explaining the positive impact of working across sectors.

  • The power of working together. "We should give money philanthropically, but if you can put money together— with nonprofits, with other financial firms, with development banks—you can stand something up that you wouldn’t have been able to otherwise."
Lauren Bush Lauren, FEED Projects CEO and Founder
Lauren Bush Lauren holds up one of her FEED bags, explaining that this one in particular contributes 50 school meals with each purchase. Photo: Beatrice Moritz for Axios

Lauren founded FEED in 2007 after witnessing child hunger around the world first hand. She told Mike how her company works to combat hunger and how she approaches philanthropy as a whole.

  • How FEED gives back: "Built into the cost of all FEED products is a donation to organizations aimed at feeding children."
  • Lauren's strategy towards philanthropy: "It’s very personal. What perspective, talents, passions and resources can you bring to the cause? It's about combining a want to give back to a specific cause with a unique approach."
Thank you to every who started their Giving Tuesday with us. Photo: Beatrice Moritz for Axios

Thank you Bank of America for sponsoring this event.

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DOJ: Capitol rioter threatened to "assassinate" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Supporters of former President Trump storm the U.S. Captiol on Jan. 6. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A Texas man who has be charged with storming the U.S. Capitol in the deadly Jan. 6 siege posted death threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Department of Justice said.

The big picture: Garret Miller faces five charges in connection to the riot by supporters of former President Trump, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and making threats. According to court documents, Miller posted violent threats online the day of the siege, including tweeting “Assassinate AOC.”

Schumer calls for IG probe into alleged plan by Trump, DOJ lawyer to oust acting AG

Jeffrey Clark speaks next to Deputy US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference in October. Photo: Yuri Gripas/AFP via Getty Images.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called for the Justice Department inspector general to investigate an alleged plan by former President Trump and a DOJ lawyer to remove the acting attorney general and replace him with someone more willing to investigate unfounded claims of election fraud.

Driving the news: The New York Times first reported Friday that the lawyer, Jeffrey Clark, allegedly devised "ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. [Jeffrey] Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark."

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