If there is such a thing as a prodigy in the world of philanthropy, Hugh Evans fits the bill. At 14, after visiting a Manila slum with the Christian humanitarian group World Vision, he returned to his middle-class home outside Melbourne, Australia, and announced to his mother he wanted to dedicate his life to ending extreme poverty. She laughed.
“Like any mom, she said, ‘Yeah, whatever,’ ” he recalled with a chuckle. “I said, ‘I’m serious.’ ”