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Chairman and CEO
America Online, Inc.

Steve Case is chairman and chief executive officer of America Online, Inc., the world's leading interactive services company. Under his leadership, AOL supports programs that use interactive technology to empower the disadvantaged. To achieve this goal the company created the AOL Foundation in 1997, which uses educational programs, community building and increasing access to interactive services to improve the lives of families and children. These efforts include:

  • Providing teams of educators and community leaders with seed money to develop innovative ways to improve student performance through the integration of interactive technology.
  • Supporting the volunteer activities of AOL employees.
  • Promoting telecommunications innovations that strengthen rural community service.
  • Partnering with the Benton Foundation and the National Urban League to create the National Digital Divide Clearinghouse, a unique resource that brings together the information on initiatives to narrow the gap between technology haves and have-nots.
  • Creating a philanthropy portal called to make it easier for people to give their time and money to charities.
Recently, AOL also launched the Giving Tree Service which offers employees information to help them increase the impact of their charitable giving, find ways to get more involved in their community and join "giving circles" with AOL colleagues who share similar interests.

In 1998, Mr. Case and his wife, Jean, created the Case Foundation to serve as a catalyst for action among public, private and non-profit service organizations; civic and faith groups; and individual citizens. The Case family's personal foundation works to address the various challenges of underserved children by embracing a social venture philanthropy model.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Steve Case graduated with a degree in Political Science from Williams College.

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