Amount donated in 2012: $143-million
Top beneficiaries: Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation and the Adelson Family Foundation
Other notable gifts: $50-million to the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus and $33-million to the Birthright Israel Foundation
Background: Mr. Adelson is the developer of the Venetian Las Vegas, a hotel and casino, and chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, a developer of resorts. Dr. Adelson is a physician who specializes in treating drug abuse and addiction.
Sheldon Adelson, 79, and Miriam Adelson, 66, gave $67-million in total to the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation, which supports research into ovarian cancer, melanoma, and neurorehabilitation and neural repair, and to the Adelson Family Foundation, which supports Jewish causes. The family foundation awarded $33-million last year to the Birthright Israel Foundation, $20-million to match donations from other donors, and $13-million toward paying for the free educational trips to Israel that the nonprofit organizes for young Jewish people.
The Adelsons gave additional gifts of $50-million to the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus for construction costs and $20-million to the Birthright Israel Foundation.
In addition, the couple pledged $3-million to Hebrew SeniorLife for housing facilities and a program to bring together older people and elementary-school students for education programs; $2-million to Gateways: Access to Jewish Education for programs for children with special needs; and $1-million to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation for specialized housing for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and multiple sclerosis. Those pledges will be paid over five years.