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February 06, 2012

No. 13: Jack C. Taylor

David Kilper/Washington University in St. Louis

Jack C. Taylor, second from left

Amount donated in 2011: $99.8-million

Biggest beneficiary: The Crawford Taylor Foundation

Other key beneficiaries: Washington University, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Donor’s background: Mr. Taylor is the founder of Enterprise Holdings, the parent company of Enterprise Rent-a-Car, National Car Rental, and Alamo Rent a Car., based in St. Louis.

Mr. Taylor, 89, gave $50-million to his family fund, the Crawford Taylor Foundation, which supports animal welfare, community development, the environment, and services for women and youths, mainly focusing on organizations in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

He also gave $25-million to Washington University in St. Louis to endow scholarships for undergraduate students. Not long after Mr. Taylor enrolled in Washington University’s business school in 1940, he left to join the U.S. Navy to fight in World War II. He received an honorary degree from the university in 2001.

In addition, Mr. Taylor gave $10-million to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, in St. Louis, which seeks to improve modern agriculture, global food production, human health and nutrition, and environmental sustainability, $4.5-million to the Missouri Botanical Garden, in Jefferson City; $2-million to the Saint Louis Science Center Foundation, $2-million to the Magic House-St. Louis Children’s Museum, and $1-million apiece to the Missouri History Museum, the Nature Conservancy, the United Way of Greater St. Louis, and the United Way of Palm Beach County. He also gave to educational institutions and other groups in the St. Louis area.

—Caroline Bermudez

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