Amount donated in 2011: $35-million
Biggest beneficiary: Boy Scouts of America
Other key beneficiary: Cleveland Clinic Innovations
Donor’s background: Mr. Justice is the founder of the James C. Justice Companies, in Lake City, S.C., which own resorts and coal-mining operations.
Mr. Justice, and his wife, Cathy, pledged $25-million to the Boy Scouts of America to create the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, a 10,600-acre park in West Virginia. The organization did not disclose a payment schedule.
Mr. Justice also pledged $10-million over 10 years to Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the entrepreneurial arm of the Cleveland Clinic. The donation will be evenly split to establish a chair in medical innovation and to carry out programs to foster creative thought and idea exchange in medical innovation.
In a written statement announcing the Cleveland Clinic gift, Mr. Justice said, “Just like a farmer invests in the land so the crops will grow, we are investing in innovations which will lead to health-care initiatives that will benefit thousands, possibly millions, of people. Cleveland Clinic is the leader in this field and unparalleled in their dedication to solving problems, saving lives, and creating economic opportunity. The potential here is beyond imagination.”