Peter Thum began his career as a philanthropist by creating Ethos Water, which brings people clean, safe drinking water. In 2005 Ethos Water was acquired by Starbucks and has provided more than $7 million in grants to fund water and sanitation programs for half a million people worldwide. Following the Ethos Water venture, he founded Fonderie 47 in an effort to help reduce the number of assault rifles in Africa. The mission of Fonderie 47 is to recycle firearms into beautiful jewelry and high art. Each piece that is created incorporates gun metal from AK47s and bares the serial number of a weapon that Fonderie 47 has destroyed. Thum has partnered with world-class artists and artisans such as Philip Crangi, Adrian Glessing, David Candaux and James de Givenchy. Thum’s wife, Cara Buono, recognized the importance of bringing this unique mission to the United States. Through this Liberty United was conceived. Similarly to Fonderie 47, Liberty United recycles illegal guns from American cities into jewelry – the latest collaboration was with prominent designer Pamela Love. Proceeds from the sales of the jewelry go to fund programs that aim to reduce gun violence in partner cities. Thum is a Board Director of The Fund for Global Human Rights, and an adviser to FEED Projects and the founder and President of the non-profit Giving Water, which has helped over 6,000 schoochildren in Africa get water and sanitation access.