Assistant Editor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Expertise: Top American philanthropists | Large charitable donations | Endowments | Ultra-high net-worth giving |
Background: Maria Di Mento, who joined The Chronicle of Philanthropy in 2004, directs the annual Philanthropy 50, a year-end issue and ranking of America's 50 most-generous donors. She also oversees The Chronicle's compilation of the Slate 60, a similar list published on Slate.com. She writes about the country's wealthiest philanthropists and other topics. Recent articles have included stories on David Rockefeller Sr., Ronald O Perelman, and the bequests of Leona M. Helmsley.
With The Chronicle's Web editor, Peter Panepento, she develops and moderates the weekly online Live Discussions series, a real-time, online feature allowing participants to converse with leaders and experts about the nonprofit world's issues and challenges. In addition, she puts together the newspaper's Gifts column and manages America's Top Donors, The Chronicle's online historical archive of charitable gifts of $1-million or more from individuals. From 2005 to 2008, she directed The Chronicle's annual Endowments survey.
America's Top Donors: A directory of top contributors and their beneficiaries