When Charlie Rounds, a Minneapolis businessman, sold his share of a travel and tour company in 2004, he and his partner, Mark, decided to give 60 percent of their net worth to support gay and lesbian causes, international human rights, and economic projects in developing countries.
In one of their first moves, they gave money to two of Mr. Rounds's longtime employees to help start a small-loan program in Cuenca, Ecuador. They also established a donor-advised fund, which they named the Mark and Charlie Gay Lesbian Fund for Moral Values.
The couple did that in part to ensure that any organization they support knows the money came from a gay couple and to show other donors that it's important to support groups that help gays, lesbians, and transgender people.
Join us on Wednesday, October 19, at noon U.S. Eastern time for a live online discussion with Mr. Rounds. The discussion is hosted by The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Bolder Giving, an organization that works with philanthropists.