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Lincoln MKX Presents PHILANTHROPY: CNN's Soledad O'Brien

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Saturday Mornings host Joy Keys chats with Soledad O'Brien, for whom philanthropy begins at home - and then expands into communities across America. In August 2011, the CNN anchor teamed up with investment-banker hubby Brad Raymond on The Soledad O'Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation, which "provides young women with a bridge between obstacles and opportunity." Here she recounts how the org came to be: "It started in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. My best friend, who's from New Orleans - and was my executive producer at CNN - called me one day. She'd moved back to try and rebuild her house. And she said, 'There's a girl here who needs a scholarship for school. Can you help her pay for tuition?' And my husband and I said sure. So we started funding small grants to young women who were trying to figure out their educational situation in a really bad enviromnent. For these girls, there's no cushion - no sort of, Oh, I'll borrow the money from my aunt, or work an extra job or take the money out of a 401(k) that my dad has."