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Exclusive Interview with Beautiful Philanthropist Maria Bravo

i-Marbella.com had in May 2013 Exclusive Interview with Beautiful Philanthropist Maria Bravo at Don Pepe Hotel Marbella
i-Marbella.com had in May 2013 Exclusive Interview with Beautiful Philanthropist Maria Bravo at Don Pepe Hotel Marbella
i-Marbella.com had in May 2013 Exclusive Interview with Beautiful Philanthropist Maria Bravo at Don Pepe Hotel Marbella

4. You were born in Marbella, how did you end up organizing these high end events and galas. What does it take to get to where you are? 

I was born in Malaga and raised in Marbella and Estepona. I went to America when I was 21 and I felt I wanted to make a difference. I started with acting, then also worked as a stock broker, but I wanted to do more. And I have always been volunteering in charities. Then at this one point in my life, when my first husband passed away, it was a crucial time when I had to decide what its is that want to do with my life. When I’m old I can look back at my life and see something I can be proud of and I have done something in my life. So I combined my passions, which were the entertainment world, the financial world and the charity. I put all of them together and created this platform Global Gift come alive.

5. To date the Global Gift Co (foundation) has donated €12.000.000 to help charities all over the world. 100% of these funds raised have been donated to charities, foundations and associations that have needed funding.  Which charities have received help? Tell us about the foundation.

We always benefit Eva Longoria Foundations and local charities from all over the world. But 100% of funds received by Global Gift Foundation go directly to support other foundations dedicated to benefitting the lives of women and children, whether for causes such as health-related illnesses, education or human rights. 

6. In your opinion who is a philanthropist and what are the characteristics of a philanthropist?  To me, any act of generosity that goes to support another person in need or contribute to common good, however small the act, is an act of philanthropy. A lot of people have the wrong idea of what constitutes philanthropy. 

I have always said that anyone can be a philanthropist, you don’t have to be a billionaire or a celebrity. You know sometimes even when you walk on the street and just giving a smile back to somebody who needs it, is an act of kindness and is giving back. That gesture of being kind to others makes you a philanthropist. Just be kind to other people. You really can make somebody’s day by just being kind.

7.How do you choose the philanthropist award winners? For example this year its David Beckham that receives it in Paris.

This year its going to be Ricky Martin. Basically we are trying to get a really high profile person, because it allows us to get more media attention, also sponsors for the event. But he or she has to be a philanthropist and give back. David Beckham has donated a lot of money, and this award is recognition for David’s work with the Malaria No More UK Leadership Council, UNICEF and his role as patron for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. We get some calls from PRs of the celebrities saying please give this award to my client. But we ask what has your client done as a philanthropist? We don’t care about the latest movie that somebody has done. This is not a PR channel for celebrities. The Global Gift Gala Philanthropist Award recognizes prominent figures who dedicate their time and energy to helping those in need. 

8. Paris Gala is already SOLD OUT, are there still tickets for Marbella?

Yes, its totally sold out. Right now our offices are working on Cannes and Paris and as soon as we finish there, we start selling the tickets for Marbella. We can only put 280 people in Gran Melia Don Pepe. We have only two different tickets this years, the 1000eur ticket to sit with the VIPs and celebrities and 500eur tickets allow you to sit in a normal seating. And all the funds got to charities of course. 

9. What are the future plans for Global Gift Platform?

In five years I really dream of this being in 25 countries and I would just oversee everything but hire companies to help us organize it locally. 

10. You are so busy all the time, do you even have time for your private life? Where do you prefer to spend your free time?  

In Marbella I don’t have much free time. But for me it’s important to find time for family and friends. On my free day I like to work out and I love cooking at home. I enjoy spending time with my parents in Marbella. In the US I usually go have lunch with my friends on a day off and maybe go have a pedicure and manicure. Pamper myself a little bit.

ABOUT GLOBAL GIFT

The Global Gift Foundation, established in 2013 by Maria Bravo and Alina Peralta, is a nonprofit organization focused on making a positive impact on the lives of children, women and families, by bringing together fiscally responsible organizations, resources, celebrities, people of influence and synchronistic brands to have a transformative global impact.

Mission:
To affect positive change on the development, welfare, healthcare and social inclusion of the most vulnerable. The Foundation helps to provide shelter, food, clothing, education, medical attention and other life-changing necessities to vulnerable groups, in particular children and women in need.

Overview:
100% of funds received by Global Gift Foundation go directly to support other foundations dedicated to benefitting the lives of women and children, whether for causes such as health-related illnesses, education or human rights. The Global Gift Foundation administers funds to partner charities and in particular, celebrates the work of small or unrecognized organizations through “Our Heroes” awards. These awards are given to organizations that can benefit from the strength of the Global Gift Co brand through donations, awareness raising and publicity generation.

To reserve your ticket email us at rsvp@globalgiftgala.com

More info www.globalgiftco.org

See the photos of the last year’s gala HERE and HERE!

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