January 29, 2009
A Year of Big BequestsRichest donors gave $15.5-billion in 2008, but this year looks gloomy
Even in a year in which the stock market swallowed up nearly $7-trillion in assets, America's wealthiest donors promised greater amounts to charitable organizations than in 2007: $15.5-billion in 2008, compared with $7.3-billion the previous year, according to The Chronicle's annual ranking of the 50 most generous philanthropists.
But most gifts from the donors on the list came from decisions made long
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