As President of the NoVo Foundation, Jennifer Buffett is responsible for the day-to-day creation and oversight of its vision, strategy, and program development, and also serves as NoVo's chief liaison in its partnership building with other foundations and nonprofits. Jennifer co-chairs the Foundation's board with her husband, composer and producer Peter Buffett.
Through the NoVo Foundation Jennifer works passionately to empower girls and women worldwide to end the violence and exploitation against them. She serves on the boards of the Nike Foundation to promote "the girl effect" - the economic and social empowerment of adolescent girls in the developing world that results in a ripple effect of positive change, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), and V-Day.
Jennifer began her work in philanthropy in 1997 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, primarily as funder of social service organizations, with a focus on early childhood education for at-risk children and families.
In September 2008, Jennifer and Peter received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for their "visionary leadership and sustainable, scalable work in solving pressing global challenges." Presenting the award to the Buffetts, Former President Bill Clinton said, "The Buffetts are leading an inspirational campaign to improve the status of women and girls across the globe. Their innovative approach to philanthropy has leveraged the capacity of existing organizations to effect real, positive change."
In 2009 and 2010, Jennifer and Peter were named in Barron's list of top 25 most effective philanthropists.
- Innovative approaches to empower girls and women worldwide to end the violence and exploitation against them
A Philanthropy New York Collaborative Program with the Metro New York Philanthropic Advisors Network
- Jennifer Buffett, President, NoVo Foundation
- Robert F. Sherman, Director, Initiative for Social and Emotional Learning, NoVo Foundation
All interested funders.