Amount donated in 2012: approximately $222.9-million
Top beneficiary: Brin Wojcicki Foundation
Other notable gift: $32.8-million to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
Background: Mr. Brin co-founded Google. Ms. Wojcicki is a biotechnology analyst and co-founded the genetic-testing company, 23andME.
Mr. Brin and Ms. Wojcicki, both 39, gave about $190.1-million to their Brin Wojcicki Foundation, which supports a variety of causes. Last year the foundation awarded grants to Ashoka, which brings together social entrepreneurs to work on education, environment, women’s issues, and many other causes; the Human Rights Foundation; and Tipping Point Community, a nonprofit that seeks to eliminate poverty in Northern California.
In addition, the couple gave $32.8-million to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The couple has donated tens of millions to the organization in recent years, including a $61.9-million donation in 2011, and Mr. Brin has written about his family’s experiences with the disease.