• October 25, 2014

A Look at the 50 Most Generous Donors of 2011

Rank

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Donor and source of wealth
Donated or pledged

1

Margaret A. Cargill

Family wealth

$6-billion

(bequest)


Beneficiaries: Margaret A. Cargill Foundation (Eden Prairie, Minn.); Anne Ray Charitable Trust (Eden Prairie, Minn.)

2

William S. Dietrich II

Manufacturing

$500-million

(bequest)


Beneficiary: Dietrich Foundation (Pittsburgh)

3

Paul G. Allen

Technology

$372.6-million


Beneficiaries: Paul G. Allen Family Foundation (Seattle); Allen Institute for Brain Science (Seattle) and other groups

4

George Soros

Finance

$335-million


Beneficiary: Open Society Foundations (New York)

5

Michael R. Bloomberg

Media and entertainment

$311.3-million


Beneficiaries: 1,185 arts, human-services, public-affairs, and other groups

6

Raymond G. and Ruth C. Perelman

Finance, investments

$227.3-million


Beneficiaries: University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) and other groups

7

$200-million


Beneficiary: University of Southern California (Los Angeles)

8

$166.5-million


Beneficiaries: Stanford University Graduate School of Business (Calif.) and other groups

9

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$125-million

(bequest)


Beneficiaries: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond); Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) and other groups

10

$110-million


Beneficiary: University of Southern California (Los Angeles)

11

$101-million


Beneficiaries: Laura and John Arnold Foundation (Houston) and other groups

12

a

$100-million


Beneficiary: Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.)

13

$99.8-million


Beneficiaries: Crawford Taylor Foundation (St. Louis); Washington University in St. Louis and other groups

14

Porter B. Byrum

Law, real estate

$81.8-million


Beneficiaries: Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, N.C.); Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.); Wingate University (N.C.)

15

$80-million


Beneficiaries: Children's Hospital Los Angeles; University of California at Los Angeles, John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management

16

Eric F. Ross

Chemicals, manufacturing

$76.5-million

(bequest)


Beneficiaries: American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (New York); Saint Barnabas Medical Center Foundation (West Orange, N.J.) and other groups

17

$75-million


Beneficiaries: American Revolution Center (Wayne, Pa.); Columbia University (New York) and other groups

18

$74.5-million


Beneficiaries: HopeLab (Redwood City, Calif.), Omidyar Network (Redwood City, Calif.), Humanity United (Redwood City, Calif.) and other groups

19

A. Alfred Taubman

Real estate

$67-million


Beneficiaries: University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, Mich.)

20

$66.2-million


Beneficiaries: Duke University Libraries (Durham, N.C.); Foundation for the National Archives (Washington , D.C.); John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington) and other groups

21

$65-million


Beneficiary: Ohio State University (Columbus)

22

Irwin M. and Joan K. Jacobs

Telecommunications

$64.9-million


Beneficiaries: Joan and Irwin Jacobs Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego; San Diego Public Library Foundation and other groups

23

William I. Koch

Energy, commodities

$64.6-million


Beneficiaries: Oxbridge Academy Foundation (West Palm Beach, Calif.) and other groups

24

Conrad T. Prebys

Construction, real estate

$63.1-million


Beneficiaries: Scripps Health (San Diego); Zoological Society of San Diego and other groups

25

$61.9-million


Beneficiary: Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (New York)

26

a

$60-million

(bequest)


Beneficiary: Shriners Hospitals for Children (Tampa, Fla.)

27

$59.2-million


Beneficiary: Ellison Medical Foundation (Bethesda, Md.)

28

John C. Malone

Media and entertainment

$57-million


Beneficiaries: Yale University School of Engineering & Applied Science (New Haven), DSST Public Schools (Denver)

29

$50-million


Beneficiary: Duke University (Durham, N.C.)

30

a

Nina Ireland

Family wealth

$48-million

(bequest)


Beneficiary: University of California at San Francisco

31

David C. and Joan R. Lincoln

Family wealth, real estate

$44-million


Beneficiaries: Claremont School of Theology (Calif.); John C. Lincoln Health Foundation (Phoenix)

32

$42.2-million


Beneficiaries: Huntsman Cancer Foundation (Salt Lake City) and other groups

33

$40-million


Beneficiary: Wishard Hospital Foundation (Indianapolis , Ind.)

33

Gustave M. and Rita E. Hauser

Telecommunications

$40-million


Beneficiary: Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.)

33

$40-million


Beneficiaries: Yale University (New Haven, Conn.); Center for the Next Generation (San Francisco)

36

Barbara Dodd Anderson

Family wealth, investments

$35.2-million

(bequest)


Beneficiary: George School (Newtown, Pa.)

37

$35-million


Beneficiaries: Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority (Jerusalem); Birthright Israel Foundation (New York)

37

Phillip and Patrica Frost

Pharmaceuticals

$35-million


Beneficiary: Miami Science Museum (Fla.)

37

$35-million


Beneficiaries: Boy Scouts of America National Foundation (Irving, Tex.); Cleveland Clinic Foundation

40

a

$32-million


Beneficiary: University of Missouri at Kansas City Foundation

40

$32-million

(bequest)


Beneficiary: University of Kansas (Lawrence)

42

$31.4-million


Beneficiaries: Oregon Health & Science University Foundation (Portland) and other groups

43

Jon L. Stryker

Family wealth

$30-million


Beneficiary: Arcus Foundation (Kalamazoo, Mich.)

44

$30-million


Beneficiaries: South Dakota Community Foundation (Pierre); Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell, S.D.)

44

Jorge M. Pérez

Real estate

$30-million


Beneficiary: Miami Art Museum

44

a

Robert L. Tidwell

Investments

$30-million

(bequest)


Beneficiary: Children's Hospital of Orange County Foundation (Calif.)

47

a

Alan E. Lewis

Investments

$29.4-million


Beneficiary: Boston Foundation

48

James Wood Williamson

Invention, engineering

$28.1-million

(bequest)


Beneficiaries: Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland) and other groups

49

Eli and Edythe L. Broad

Finance, real estate

$27-million


Beneficiary: Broad Foundations (Los Angeles)

50

a

$26-million


Beneficiary: Duke University (Durham, N.C.)

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