• November 1, 2014

No. 22: Irwin M. and Joan K. Jacobs

No. 22: Irwin M. and Joan K. Jacobs 1

University of California San Diego

Irwin M. and Joan K. Jacobs

Enlarge Image
close No. 22: Irwin M. and Joan K. Jacobs 1

University of California San Diego

Irwin M. and Joan K. Jacobs

Amount donated in 2011: $64.9-million

Biggest beneficiary: Joan and Irwin Jacobs Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego

Other key beneficiary: San Diego Public Library Foundation

Donors’ background: Mr. Jacobs co-founded Qualcomm, a wireless-communications company in San Diego.

Mr. Jacobs, 78, and his wife, Joan, 79, gave $40-million to their Joan and Irwin Jacobs Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, where Mrs. Jacobs serves as vice chairwoman of the foundation’s Board of Directors. Through this fund, the couple awarded $4.5-million to support the High Tech Middle North County School, in San Diego and $3.5-million to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, to match money donated by other people for endowed professorships.

In addition, the couple awarded a total of $4.3-million through their fund to support scholarships and fellowships to American Society for Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Cornell University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California at San Diego.

The couple also gave $15-million to the San Diego Public Library Foundation for new building projects and $5-million to the San Diego Symphony for endowment. Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs also gave $4.9-million to other nonprofits in 2011. The Jacobses declined to name the recipients of that money.

—Maria Di Mento

Previous Appearances on the list

Year

Rank

Total donated or pledged

2010

4

$119.5-million

2009

40

$24.3-million

2007

41

$49.5-million

2006

30

$62.0-million

2003

10

$110.0-million

2002

8

$135.0-million

 

View more profiles of donors who gave the most in 2011.

  • 1255 Twenty-Third St., N.W.
  • Washington, D.C. 20037
subscribe today

Raise more money and increase awareness with trusted insight.