““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
BJT readers–who represent one of the highest-net-worth magazine audiences anywhere–clearly have the means to contribute to a better world. To help you do that, we’re spotlighting one deserving organization per issue. All of them have received a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org), which evaluates philanthropic institutions based on their finances, accountability and transparency.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and their families. Founded in 2004 by a veteran of the Iraq war, IAVA strives to build an empowered generation of veterans who can provide sustainable leadership for their country and local communities. It allows those who have served to connect with one another via an online network to foster a strong, supportive community. IAVA also creates opportunities for veterans to gain access to customized health care, education and employment services. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America seeks to make veterans a part of the national media conversation, “shaping the dialogue and connecting the 99 percent of the population who have not served in Iraq or Afghanistan with the 1 percent who have.”