Award-Winning Actor, Screenwriter, Director and Producer, Philanthropist and Activist, Visionary Entrepreneur, Founding Partner, CrowdRise
Edward Norton is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He is a visionary entrepreneur and committed social and environmental activist. Norton is a founding partner of CrowdRise, a web-based technology platform that changes the way organizations share their mission and involve those who support their causes. He speaks personally about his fundraising efforts and…
Edward Norton is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He is also a visionary entrepreneur, as well as committed social and environmental activist.
In 2010, Norton and three partners founded the company CrowdRise, an innovative new web platform on which individuals, organizations and companies can crowdfund for charities and non-profits. CrowdRise has rapidly become one of the best-known and largest crowdfunding sites in America and its users have raised over $200 million for charitable causes. Starting in 2014, its celebrated easy-to-use platform for mounting peer-to-peer fundraising projects additionally allows people to raise assistance for other individuals in need directly to support medical or education costs or recovery from a crisis. CrowdRise was named by Barron’s as one of the “25 Most Important New Ideas in Philanthropy.”
UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity
In 2010, Norton was appointed the first United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Norton supports the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in an effort to raise worldwide awareness of the importance of biodiversity, to communicate the human costs of biodiversity loss and to engage people, particularly youth, throughout the world in the fight to protect all life on Earth.
President’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities
In 2008, Norton was appointed by President Obama to his committee for the Arts and Humanities. The committee advises the President on strategies to promote the arts and humanities in America, not only for their intrinsic cultural value but as key components in the administration’s education and economic development agendas.
Enterprise Community Partners
Norton serves on the Board of Trustees of Enterprise Community Partners, which works to move families up and out of poverty and transform low-income communities through the development of decent affordable housing and social service networks. Enterprise works in over 250 American cities and is one of the largest non-profit developers of affordable housing in America with well over 250,000 new affordable homes created in the last two decades. Edward Co-Chaired Enterprise’s successful $125 million capital campaign which he led with a personal contribution of $1.1 million. Enterprise was created by Norton’s grandfather, James Rouse, the celebrated developer and philanthropist.
In recent years, Enterprise has made special efforts to confront the challenge of greening affordable housing. Enterprise’s Green Communities Initiative, a $500 million commitment to promoting sustainable and efficient development practice, puts the foundation in a leadership role nationwide on this issue. Norton founded the Solar Neighbors program as a pilot project within Green Communities and he recently testified on behalf of Enterprise before the Congressional Select Committee on Climate Change in their hearing to explore the central role of development and construction on greenhouse gas emissions.
Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust
Norton is the President of the Board of MWCT, a Kenya-based community conservation organization that partners with traditional communities in East Africa to conserve key ecosystems by developing sustainable, natural resource-based economic revenues. Norton and founder Luca Belpietro built MWCT literally from a conversation into an internationally recognized organization within 10 years. In 2012, MWCT was the first community-based organization to ever be awarded the UNDP Equator Prize and the UNEP Champions of the Earth Prize in the same year. www.MaasaiWilderness.org
Middle East Peacemakers Fund
Another of Norton’s projects is the Peacemakers Fund at Yale University. As a response to the events of September 11th and the increasing conflict in the Middle East, Norton contributed $100,000 to establish a fund that provides travel-study grants for Yale undergraduates to study the people, languages and cultures of the Middle East and Central Asia. The Fund is now administered by the MacMillan Center for Middle East Studies at Yale and has sent nearly 100 students to the Middle East to pursue research and study. Fundraising for the fund’s endowment is ongoing.
Edward Norton has acted in the films Primal Fear, Everyone Says I Love You, The People vs Larry Flynt, American History X, Rounders, Fight Club, Keeping the Faith, The Score, Death to Smoochy, Frida, Red Dragon, The 25th Hour, The Italian Job, Down in the Valley, The Kingdom of Heaven, The Illusionist, The Painted Veil, Pride & Glory, The Incredible Hulk, Leaves of Grass, Stone, Moonrise Kingdom, The Bourne Legacy. His most recent two films, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman, were each nominated for 9 Academy Awards and each won 4, including Best Picture for Birdman.
He has been nominated for three Academy Awards, for Primal Fear, American History X and Birdman and won a Golden Globe along with numerous other awards for his performances. In 2002 Norton won the Obie Award for his NY stage performance in the Signature Theater production of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This. He directed the film Keeping the Faith and also produced Down in the Valley (Cannes Film Festival selection), The Painted Veil, Leaves of Grass, Thanks for Sharing, the documentary By The People: The Election of Barack Obama and the just released Netflix original documentary My Own Man.
In summer of 2015, HBO commences production of Lewis & Clark, a six-part dramatic miniseries that Norton co-wrote and is producing through his Class 5 Films label.
Ernie was perfect for our Elders Conference at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. We will definitely be using PDA again!
LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
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