Mildred Robbins Leet

Mildred Robbins Leet was born and educated in New York City, NY. She has made philanthropy the cornerstone of her life's work. Today, she is recognized worldwide as a distinguished public advocate and proponent of human rights. Her activism spans more than five decades and multiple arenas: health, education, international development, peace, women's issues, and most recently the alleviation of family poverty through entrepreneurship. Mrs. Leet is best known today for creating TrickleUp, Inc., with her late husband Glen Leet. TrickleUp, launched in 1979, with $1,000 of the couple's own money is now a leading international nonprofit organization that has assisted more than 500,000 of the world's poorest people build their own businesses, educate themselves and their children, and become contributors to their communities. One of the originators of micro-enterprise capitalization, the TrickleUp program has helped start over 100,000 businesses, aided the original entrepreneurs and their families through small start-up grants, training and technical assistance. TrickleUp entrepreneurs have a notably high success rate, with 70% of the start-up businesses still continuing after seven years. Millie Leet has traveled tirelessly to help those who were so poor that no other capital sources were available to them. She has creatively brought together people from widely different cultures to participate in the program and guide the organization. The professionalism, integrity, organization, and unsurpassed vision of TrickleUp have made its pioneering program one of the leaders of the micro-enterprise movement. Mrs. Leet's work has been described as outstanding and transformative.