Laura Arrillaga Andreessen tells the Washington Post that growing up in Palo Alto as the daughter of financiers and philanthropists John and Francis Arrillaga, she didn’t know the family was wealthy. She was given a $750 Honda as a present, but didn’t live a life of luxury. It was only after she noticed her father on the cover of Forbes that she realized that she was “privileged.” Her mother Frances, who died of lung cancer at 52, was an inspiration to Laura Arrillaga Andreessen, and taking care of her and carrying on Frances’ vision of philanthropy was paramount.
Laura Arrillaga Andreessen is married to Netscape founder Marc Andreessen. She has lunch with some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley, and advises them to start giving now and not later. So many people realize, late in life, that they “can’t take it with them” and start giving in a panic mode. Andreessen who wrote a kind of textbook to philanthropy, Giving 2.0, advises people to give to causes they are passionate about and give early and often.
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She told the Washington Post some of the most successful uses of charitable funds have gone to democratization of technology and using entrepreneurial skills towards social change. She also advocates towards transparency in giving.