SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – “You make a life by what you give,” is how Fahad Ghaffar describes the guiding principle behind both his life’s work and the Fahad & Glenda Ghaffar Foundation, a non-profit organization he co-founded along his wife Glenda Ghaffar.
Born in Pakistan, Fahad Ghaffar has witnessed the effects of extreme poverty first-hand. He was also inspired by his country’s deep-rooted culture of charitable giving that has flourished against all odds.
Ghaffar came to the United States at age 16 and worked his way up to graduate from the University of Virginia. After his studies, he built a successful career in banking and real estate. As he puts it, his charitable spirit was a main driver of his financial success: “I knew that I had to earn money in order to help.”
In 2012, work commitments brought him to Puerto Rico, where he met his wife, who shared his love for philanthropy. Out of this partnership, the Fahad & Glenda Ghaffar Foundation was born.
Funded entirely by Fahad & Glenda Ghaffar, the foundation is involved with multiple causes in Puerto Rico and around the world. Their mission is purposely broad: to help as many people as they can achieve their own goals.
One of the Foundation’s main causes is access to clean water. “We help others achieve their goals by donating basic tools to succeed, and water is the most basic tool of all,” according to Fahad & Glenda Ghaffar. As a result, the Foundation closely collaborates with charity: water, a global effort to provide everyone in the world with safe drinking water.
Access to higher education is another of the Foundation’s current projects. They currently work alongside Fundación Kinesis to help fund scholarships for talented students with financial needs.
Most recently, the Fahad & Glenda Family Foundation activated new efforts in the aftermath of hurricane Fiona, which caused devastating floods in Puerto Rico. With the help of Soul of Bahía, brigades were able to pump out floodwater from communities in the island’s northeast coast so that families could regain access to their homes.