On this episode of Inspired Giving, Wilma welcomes Neil and Gianna Gobioff of The Gobioff Foundation. This small private family foundation was founded in 2007 by Howard Gobioff, an early employees of Google. When Howard passed away just a few short months later, he left the foundation to his brother, Neil.
Now, the Gobioff's run the foundation full-time with a singular goal of honoring Howard's memory and "making the world a better place." They share their learning experiences and give some sage advice for nonprofits. They talk the inspiration behind their current projects and their hopes and fears around the future of the foundation.
Ferrying passengers from one side of Tampa Bay to the other didn’t originate with the 2016 launch of the Cross-Bay ferry service. Developed and subsidized by both Pinellas and Hillsborough governments, that $350,000 pilot program – soon to be continued on a larger scale – arrived with a legendary precedent.
On New Year’s Day, 1914, pioneering pilot Tony Jannus began the world’s first passenger airline service, crossing from St. Petersburg’s Municipal Pier to the Hillsborough River (near the Lafayette Bridge) in Tampa in 23 minutes. On that first 21-mile journey, Jannus carried a single, honorary passenger – former St. Pete mayor A.C. Pheil paid $400 for the privilege.
Before the automobile, before the Statue of Liberty, before the vast majority of contemporary colleges existed, the rising cost of higher education was shocking the American conscience: “Gentlemen have to pay for their sons in one year more than they spent themselves in the whole four years of their course,” The New York Times lamented in 1875...
New York City’s streetscape has been transformed — visually and economically — by the staggering numbers of vacant storefronts now dotting its most popular retail corridors. The Times set out with a panoramic camera to capture what this commercial blight feels like on the ground.