Adam Braun – Founder, Pencils of Promise


Adam Braun is the Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning nonprofit organization that has broken ground on more than 150 schools around the world and delivered over 5 million educational hours to children in poverty. PoP was founded with just $25 using what Braun coined as a “For-Purpose” approach to blending nonprofit idealism with for-profit business principles. In 2012, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

Braun began his career in finance, until he met a young boy begging on the streets and asked him what he wanted most in the world. The answer- “A pencil.” Braun then traveled through 50+ countries to focus on educational systems and eventually left a dream job at Bain & Company to launch Pencils of Promise.

He now speaks often on individual and corporate philanthropy, 21st century education, entrepreneurship, cause marketing and the intersection of the for-profit and nonprofit spaces. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, previously worked at leading consulting firm Bain & Company, was selected as one of the first ten World Economic Forum Global Shapers and has been featured at the United Nations, Clinton Global Initiative, World Leadership Awards, Google Zeitgeist and Wired Magazine’s 2012 Smart List of 50 People Changing the World.

Twitter – @adambraun

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