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fter so many years of bad economic news, last

smoothly as possible in communities that need it the most.

year’s uptick seems to be holding with a rosy

Family foundations are the backbone of giving in the

outlook for the rest of 2014. That’s good news

nation’s capital, but technology is making it easier than ever for

for the many charitable organizations both near

individuals to give in any number of ways both large and small.

and far that have had to make do with shrinking

Our Philanthropic 50 benefactors give much and often, with

budgets and growing needs for far too long. But money for

special emphasis on healthcare, education, children and the arts.

many worthy causes is still tight, a holdover from government

Our list, by no means definitive, aims to highlight Washington’s

cutbacks. Thankfully, benefactors have continued to hold the

grand tradition of giving. To those individuals — and generous

line, making up for deficits and keeping things running as

spirits everywhere — we salute you! 

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ADRIENNEARSHT Active in philanthropic circles in Washington, New York and Miami, Arsht’s major benefaction last year was $1 million to fund the TEDxMet performance and talk series at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art for the next three years. In Miami, she completed the restoration of “Villa Serena,” once home to former secretary of state and three-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, which will be preserved as a national historic landmark. In Washington, the Kennedy Center’s Arsht Musical Theater Fund will present a new production of the four-time-Tony-winning production “Side Show” and a new production of “The Little Dancer,” which centers around the eponymously named Edgar Degas sculpture at the National Gallery of Art. YOUSEFANDABEERAL-OTAIBA There can be no doubting the word of the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador when he says, “We spot a need and we try to help.” Recently in the news for co-chairing the effort to raise nearly $11 million for Children’s National Medical Center at its ball this year, the young, charismatic and well connected envoy also gets major credit for arranging a previous 150 million gift from his country to launch the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation there. Other grants he has shepherded include about $80 million for a cardiovascular and critical care tower at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Unioversity Hospital; $10.5 million for relief efforts in the wake of the Hurricane Sandy and Joplin, Mo. tornado disasters; and $1 million to support Joe’s Champs’efforts to improve learning environments in schools located in Washington’s highest-need neighborhoods. The Al-Otaibas have also provided consistent support over the years to Vital Voices and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. SALEMANDRIMAAL-SABAH Kuwaiti Amb. Salem Al-Sabah and his wife Rima have raised millions for the Kuwait Amer ica Foundation’s philanthropic

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efforts, including fighting malaria in Africa, saving the Brazilian rainforest, supporting female education in Afghanistan, endowing scholarships for Arab women at Georgetown University and helping refugees with housing and medical care in the Mideast. Justly renowned for their unparalleled hospitality, the glamorous diplomatic couple will once again be welcoming Washington VIPs to their home this fall when they assist the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s efforts to help veterans overcome health, unemployment and other problems so that both they and their families can thrive long after they return home. BRETANDAMYBAIER The chief political anchor and anchor of Fox’s “Special Report with Bret Baier” and his statuesque wife cut a wide swath across Washington’s philanthropic scene. Last year, they received the inaugural Joseph E. Robert Philanthropy Award for “transformational philanthropy and advocacy for children’s health,” stemming from the couple’s wellpublicized ordeal over their infant son’s congenital heart defects. Since then, the Baiers have given generously to Children’s National on whose board Amy Baier sits. For the past six years, Bret Baier has served as emcee for the hospital’s popular Children’s Ball, and this year the couple helped raise nearly $11 million as co-chairmen with U.A.E. Amb. Yousef Al Otaiba and his wife Abeer. Bret Baier also supports children of wounded warriors as a board member of No Greater Sacrifice, and he says all the money he earns from his new book “Special Heart” will be donated to pediatric heart disease research and treatment.

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DAVIDANDKATHERINEBRADLEY Atlantic Media Chairman David Bradley and his wife Katherine focus their philanthropy primarily on education in the District of Columbia, with a goal of helping build a citywide system of high-performing traditional public and public charter schools. Their main giving entity, CityBr idge Foundation, invests in high-impact strategies for school replication, school turnaround and

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education innovation. In April, CityBridge announced the first winners of Breakthrough Schools: D.C. to support educators and school leaders launching innovative school designs to personalize learning for students. David Bradley serves as a KIPP DC board member and is the longtime chairman of a child abuse treatment center in the Philippines (where he was a Fulbright scholar). The couple continues to support many local causes including the Kennedy Center, Washington Ballet and Georgetown University. They are founding investors in Venture Philanthropy Partners and created ServiceCorps for working professionals. BILLANDBUFFYCAFRITZ Long recognized as one of the most active and engaged couples on the capital’s philanthropic and social scene, Bill and Buffy Cafritz are also among the most generous. Mainstays of the Kennedy Center for many years, they recently made a substantial donation toward construction of the performing arts complex’s new addition. The Cafritzes are also longtime benefactors of the Foundation for the National Institute of Health (Buffy Cafritz served as cochairman for the foundation’s Lurie Prize in Bio-Medical Sciences dinner in May with her longtime friend Deeda Blair). They also contribute to numerous other causes, including the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress and its Madison Council and The History Makers’ oral history project to educate the world about the struggles and successes of African Americans. CALVINANDJANECAFRITZ Washington’s most philanthropic family has given away more than $400 million since 1970 to a wide range of organizations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in the fields of community services, arts and humanities, education, health and the environment. The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, with assets estimated at $450 million, supports many causes — some long established, others new and cutting edge — with annual grants, mostly in the $10,000-$50,000 range. Recipients

of larger gifts, some totaling $1 million or more over the past few years, include Sibley Memorial Hospital, Planned Parenthood, Iona Senior Services, Washington Performing Arts Society, Washington Ballet, Teach for America, D.C. Primary Care Association, D.C. Jewish Community Center, Washington Area Women’s Foundation, the Kennedy Center and the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafr itz Program to sponsor promising young vocalists. BETTYBROWNCASEY The head of the Eugene B. Casey Foundation has shifted giving away from the performing arts after donating millions to the Washington National Opera for a new home in the old Woodward & Lothrop department store that never got built. When the opera company decided to merge with the Kennedy Center in 2011 instead, she reluctantly allowed for the merging of funds but hasn’t been greatly involved since. In recent years her focus has been on the Casey Health Institute, which the foundation established with a $29.2 million gift to realize her vision of establishing a major integrative medicine center in Montgomery County. She also funded Casey House, a 65,000-square-foot facility in Gaithersburg that is the only inpatient hospice facility in Montgomery County providing comprehensive, specialized end-oflife care to patients with acute medical needs. Other major gifts over the years include $35 million for the Casey Trees Project to “restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of the nation’s capital” and million-dollar grants to the Salvation Army for Hurricane Sandy relief; Montgomery Hospice; Friends of the National Arboretum; the Patrick Henry National Memorial in Brookneal, Virginia; The Virginia E. Hayes Williams opera prize endowment at the District’s Duke Ellington School; and her alma mater, Washington College in Chestertown, Md. AJAMESANDALICECLARK COURTNEYCLARKPASTRICK The Clark Charitable Foundation, directed by construction mogul A. James Clark, his wife Alice and their daughter, Courtney

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Clark Pastrick, has given a total of $2 million to Boulder Crest Retreat, a Bluemont, Virginia facility for wounded warriors and their families. The foundation’s mission to serve the military and veterans also includes $8 million for the USO Warrior and Family Center in Bethesda. The family donates to education, health care and other social service organizations that include “power lunch” programs at Highland View Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland; the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History Excellence in Teaching Program; Catholic Charities; and Children’s National Health System. They have given an estimated $50 million to Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University and the University of Maryland (much of it for engineering scholarships) over the years. BILLANDJOANNECONWAY Bill Conway, a billionaire co-founder of The Carlyle Group global asset management firm, knows a lot about making money, but when it comes to giving it away he’s had some doubts. That’s why he asked Washington Post journalist Bill McCartney in 2011 to query his readers for ideas on how to invest $1 billion to help the poor and long-term homeless in the Washington, D.C. area. Conway and his wife, Joanne, may still be sorting through the thousands of suggestions that poured in; meanwhile they have given away $30 million for nursing scholarships at five local universities and the LAYC Career Academy; $1.75 million to Community of Hope for a healthcare center and healthcare workers’ development programs; and $5 million each to the Capital Area Food Bank and the Center for Employment Training at So Others Might Eat. The Conways also support higher education ($5 million to the University of Virginia) as well as Roman Catholic causes ($10 million to both Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of Washington). DAND’ANIELLO Self-made billionaire investor Dan D’Aniello keeps a lower profile than David Rubenstein and Bill Conway, his fellow Carlyle Group

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co-founders, but recently made the news when it was announced that he was pledging $20 million to help the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) re-locate to its first permanent headquarters. The gift will help the 75-year-old conservative think tank renovate and restore its new offices, the former home of financier Andrew Mellon, after it was purchased from the National Trust for Historic Preservation last year. The Beaux Arts-style building in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington will henceforward be named the Daniel A. D’Aniello Building. “Freedom, opportunity and enterprise ... are the watchwords of AEI,” D’Aniello told the Washington Post in February, adding that “if I would think about my life, I would think about it in just that way.” D’Aniello is also a contributor and board member of the University of Syracuse, his alma mater. JACKDAVIESANDKAYKENDALL This longtime couple who wed last year after a seven-year courtship are well-known “power philanthropists” who live to give — and not just with their wallets (which, in Davies’s case as the founder of AOL International and a stakeholder in Monumental Sports, is considerably weighty). A former chairman of the Washington Ballet, Kendall is now involved with CityDance, which produces professional dance productions in the Washington metro area and provides free classes for thousands of students. She has also been active with THEARC, which strives to provide access to high quality health, education, cultural and social services programs in Anacostia. Davies is an education advocate and has supported Teach for America, See Forever Foundation and the Maya Angelou Charter School, among many other causes.

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ALBERTANDCLAIREDWOSKIN Through their family foundation and the more recently established Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute, the Dwoskins donate and raise funds for research to discover factors that lead to childhood

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chronic disease and disability, including autism and autoimmune disorders. They also fund research into Alzheimer’s disease causes and therapies, in addition to organizing and underwriting conferences for the scientific community and the public. Some of their research is featured in “The Age of Aluminum,” a film that Claire Dwoskin produced which describes aluminum’s link to an array of serious chronic health conditions and diseases, including breast cancer. Outside of health causes, they have co-chaired several capital campaigns and say they have donated generously to universities, educational organizations, historic preservation, youth services and the Fairfax Public Library Endowment.

Feld Family Foundation have focused on the performing arts with $1.2 million dispensed to the District’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts over the years as well as other gifts to Signature Theatre and New York’s Actor’s Fund and Theatre Development Fund. The family has also given millions to the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, the Smithsonian Institution, Toys for Tots and Special Olympics. Their largest gift of record is $10 million to Boston University in 2010 to endow three professorships and support other mutually agreed projects. BU, which is Ken, Bonnie and Alana Feld’s alma mater, also received previous funding to build the Feld Family Career Center and Feld Family Skating Center.

HOSSEINANDDALIAFATEH After receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from George Washington University, Hossein Fateh went on to co-found DuPont Fabros Technology, one of Washington’s fastest-growing data center providers with clients like Microsoft and Yahoo. Over the years, the company has made Fateh and co-founder Lammot du Pont very wealthy indeed. But the Fatehs have put their fortune to good use, donating millions to various local and international causes, including Maret School (where Dalia Fateh is a trustee), Children’s Hospital and THEARC as well as New York’s Time in Children’s Arts Initiative, Los Angeles’ Skid Row, Cape Town’s Cool To Be Me children’s self-esteem program and London’s Popoli Khalatbari fund for humanitarian aid to earthquake victims in Iran. Last year, Dalia Fateh, a filmmaker whose company Salt Productions tackles social issues like human rights, women’s rights and the environment, served as chairman of the Meridian Ball.

RAULANDJEAN-MARIEFERNANDEZ Last fall, the tech entrepreneur who founded ObjectVideo made headlines when he and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank helped raise a record-breaking $4 million for Fight for Children’s Fight Night. That followed on the heels of Catholic Charities’ annual gala, which raised $2.1 million thanks to him and his stylish wife, Jean-Marie, who served as gala chairmen. The co-owner of Monumental Sports and Venture Philanthropy Partners also continues to fund educational and community nonprofits such as Boy Scouts of America, D.C. Public Education Fund, Georgetown University and The Community Foundation through his family foundation.

KENANDBONNIEFELD Billionaire Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus owner Ken Feld is gradually handing over the reins of his entertainment empire to his three daughters, Alana, Nicole and Juliette Feld, and has intimated he’ll be focusing more on philanthropy in the years ahead. In the meantime, grants from the

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Gehan and Shafik Gabr

SHAFIKANDGEHANGABR There are two types of giving: giving financially and giving of yourself.While Shafik Gabr is no stranger to financial philanthropy, his eponymously named foundation helps to fund 17 primary schools in Egypt, has treated over 60,000 medical care patients since 2006, inaugurated Cairo’s first free health center in 2014 and aids those working for women’s rights and human trafficking. Gabr places a strong emphasis on donating his time and expertise to youth. In 2012, he began underwriting the “East-West: The Art of Dialogue” initiative to bring young emerging American and Egyptian leaders together on extensive visits to Egypt and the U.S., as well

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as funding 50 percent of their collaborative projects with the purpose of building bridges for understanding and cooperation across cultures. In June, Gabr is to be honored by the Meridian International Center’s Board of Trustees, with the Meridian Global Leadership Award, for his groundbreaking work on building constructive dialogue between Americans and Egyptians. MICHAELANDELIZABETHGALVIN The Galvins were honored at the 35th anniversary dinner for Refugees International this year, as one of only two couples in the Humanitarian Circle, the highest level of sponsorship for the event. They are also generous donors to D.C. Prep, a nonprofit educational resource for low-income Washington public school students, with their giving in the $250,000-$999,999 range. Michael Galvin serves on the Capital Campaign Committee for the National Cathedral School, which raises funds for necessary restorations and additions to the girls’ school’s historic campus. ANDEGRENNANAND MAEHANEYGRENNAN With five children, Mae Grennan says schools, education and health are most important to her and her husband. As such, the couple is “extremely” active with Children’s National Medical Center. Mae Haney Grennan sits on the boards of both the hospital and its foundation, and the couple share chairmen duties for the hospital’s Circle of Care program for donors who give $10,000 or more annually. The couple’s philanthropic work also expands to Palm Beach and Nantucket where they host annual events for doctors and donors with her parents. Ande Grennan’s company, Sperry Tents of Nantucket, sponsors the popular Children’s Hearing and Speech Center Barbecue at the Italian ambassador’s residence. In keeping with their beliefs, they also serve on the development committees for the River School and St. Patrick’s (where they co-chair the capital campaign and serve on the board of trustees. Washingtonians are also likely to catch a glimpse of the Grennans at benefits for Teach for America

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and Catholic Charities. TERESAHEINZ The food products heiress and wife to Secretary of State John F. Kerry has maintained a low profile while dealing with serious health issues over the past few years but she retains active control over the largess dispensed by five separate foundations constituting The Heinz Endowments and Heinz Family Philanthropies (with more than $1 billion in assets) which she has directed since the death of her first husband, the late Sen. H. John Heinz III of Pennsylvania, in 1991. The Endowments distribute $65 million$75 million per year to several hundred recipients, mostly in the greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area (where the H.J. Heinz Company is based), focusing on six program areas — arts and culture; children, youth and families; common initiatives; community and economic development; education; and the environment. Grants range from $10,000 for small theater companies and neighborhood family services centers to multimilliondollar dispensations to major museums and universities. Mrs. Heinz is especially focused on the selection process involving the Heinz Family Foundation’s Heinz Awards, which gives annual grants in the $250,000 range for individual achievement in many fields. The 2013 recipients were: a medical doctor whose writings offer a poignant look at the practice of medicine and the power of healing; an environmental advocate who is a leading voice on the intersection of global ecosystems and agriculture; an education innovator who developed one of the most unique online tools to personalize how each student learns; a chronic disease specialist who created a medical model that improved the delivery of services to rural and underserved communities; and a social entrepreneur whose nonprofit group provides digital employment to disenfranchised citizens.

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ROBERTGHISAOKA Hisaoka has dedicated himself to the goal of eradicating cancer, mainly through his annual Joan Hisaoka “Make a Difference Gala,” which he founded in honor of his

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Area chefs are using their reputations and their skills to improve lives near and far. Here, a bite-size helping of some culinary benefactors. José Andrés – Minibar, Barmini, Jaleo

The larger-than-life celebrity chef is on a tear after his rousing speech at this year’s Refugees International dinner and a George Washington University commencement address video that had grads tickled pink. But his greatest achievement may well be his philanthropy. Through the years, this newly naturalized U.S. citizen who was named an “activist” in Time Magazine’s 2012 most influential people list has worked to find innovative ways to end hunger worldwide. As Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton named him culinary ambassador of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and most recently, his organization, World Central Kitchen, dedicated to ending world poverty and hunger, earned him Refugees International’s McCallPierpaoli Humanitarian Award in addition to a standing ovation. Ris Lacoste – Ris

This hands-on chef also supports a myriad of local arts, culture, education, social services and health causes. Lacoste is often seen donating her talents at various galas and actively supports organizations such as Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, N Street Village, Best Buddies, Hospitality High School of Washington D.C., Jubilee Support Alliance and Jubilee Housing, Real Food for Kids, George Washington University Women’s Heart Center and more. Spike Mendelsohn – Good Stuff Eatery, We the Pizza, Bearnaise

The Top Chef all-star supports “Chefs Move to Schools,” part of first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign, which works with chefs and schools to teach children healthy eating habits. He also advocates for Horton’s Kids to help improve the lives of children in Ward 8, and regularly hires graduates from D.C. Central Kitchen’s culinary training program for his many restaurants. Look for Chef Mendelsohn to throw down against other celebrity chefs at this year’s Capital Food Fight fundraiser for D.C. Central Kitchen in November.

Richard Sandoval – Toro Toro, El Centro, Ambar

While building an empire that includes 20 top-rated restaurants, Sandoval has also found time to give back to various causes. Recently, he’s expanded his work with Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-Cap), which trains public school students for careers in hospitality. Part of this new role involves the establishment of a scholarship and a work-study program that would give students hands-on training at his many restaurants across the nation. Sandoval also helped the organization raise more than $1 million at its annual fundraiser in New York City. Bryan Voltaggio – Volt, Range, Aggio

This Maryland native and James Beard Award nominee is just as dedicated to giving back as he is to his craft. The “Top Chef” alum’s primary cause has been Share Our Strength, an organization that seeks to end childhood hunger in America. For the past three years, Voltaggio has worked closely with S.O.S.’s No Kid Hungry campaign by hosting dinners at his restaurants that have raised $800,000 to feed children without access to healthy food. He is also a public advocate for S.O.S. and has testified before the Maryland State House Appropriations Committee for increased investments in the state’s school breakfast program.

Eric Ziebold – CityZen

The French Laundry alum is frequently seen at Washington’s various charitable fundraisers, usually dishing out one of his flavorful hits for an important cause. Besides donating his considerable expertise behind the pass at March of Dimes’ annual Gourmet Gala, Heart’s Delight and others, he also contributes his time to the S&R Foundation as a committee member, Hisaoka’s annual Make a Difference Gala and St. Judes Children’s Hospital.

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sister, Joan Hisaoka, who died of the disease. Over the last six years, the event has raised more than $6 million, including a whopping $1.36 million last year. He has set a goal of $1.5 million for the September 2014 gala. Last year Inova Health System honored his work with the “Building Our Legacy in Cancer Award” and he has also received the Smith School of Business Alumnus of the Year Award. Hisaoka has been the lead sponsor of the Teach for America gala for the last two years and remains actively involved with numerous charities including Venture Philanthropy Partners, New Schools Venture Fund, DC Public Education Fund, The ARC, Catholic Charities and D.C. Central Kitchen. He sits on the board of directors of the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Teach for America, Maya Angelou’s See Forever Foundation and the advisory board of the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Most recently Hisaoka established the Robert G. Hisaoka Fellows Scholarship to support high-achieving MBA students at the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center by offering them paid internships at startups in the region. Allan and shelley holt Adoption is a gift in and of itself and Allan and Shelley Holt, adoptive parents themselves, have helped ensure that others can experience the gift of parenting by donating more than $1 million to the Barker Foundation through their family foundation, the Hillside Foundation. They also recently became members of the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Founders Society, which recognizes those who have committed gifts of $1 million or more. The Holt’s gift was earmarked for launching innovative digital products to memorialize the stories and lessons of the Holocaust beyond the walls of the museum. Mr. Holt, a managing director of the Carlyle Group, is a board member of The National Children’s Museum and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. DEBBIE and ernie JARVIS Under Jarvis’ stewardship as vice president for cor porate citizenship and social responsibility for Pepco, the Fortune 500

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energy company has donated nearly $2 million in 2013, according to its most recent social responsibility report. Beneficiaries include arts and cultural organizations like the Phillips Collection and Studio Theatre, community organizations such as the Montgomery County Community Foundation and educational groups, among others. The company is also a robust fundraiser, generating more than $1.5 million for United Way, thousands for the American Heart Association, Montgomery County public schools and the Salvation Army in Washington, D.C. Jarvis is passionate about women’s and children’s causes and serves on no less than 13 boards while providing pro bono consulting services to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, N Street Village, Life Pieces to Masterpieces, Washington Area Women’s Foundation and many others. JEONGANDCINDYKIM There’s no arguing that Jeong Kim’s rise to the top is inspiring — coming to America without a firm grasp of the language, working nights at a convenience store to pay for college and eventually becoming one of the wealthiest men in the country as a tech entrepreneur and president of Bell Labs. In recent years, he was inducted into the University of Maryland’s Innovation Hall of Fame and France’s prestigious Légion d’honneur. He also entertained an appointment by the South Korean government, but eventually declined due to that government’s internal squabbling. The Kims make the rounds at various Washington charitable events and support local charities including Jill’s House, an organization for children with intellectual disabilities; The Holton Arms School; and local church groups through their family foundation. THEKIMSEYFAMILY Since launching America Online with Steve Case, Jim Kimsey and his sons Mike, Mark and Ray have been active in philanthropic circles. Jim ran the AOL Foundation for many years, fostering interactive learning to disadvantaged communities. As chairman of Refugees International, he has traveled

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across the globe personally championing human rights. In addition to his international work, he actively supports such local causes as Big Brothers of the National Capital Area, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington National Opera, among others. Michael Kimsey, who followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the military, has made a name for himself in public service as well. In addition to support of KIPP/DC, Fight for Children, CharityWorks and other causes, he now leads the family foundation and its mission to improve the lives of those living in disadvantaged communities. ROBERTANDARLEENKOGOD CLARICESMITH Brothers-in-law Robert Kogod and Robert H. Smith were at the helm of the Charles E. Smith real estate empire for decades and helped to expand it into a billion dollar-plus enterprise. Smith, who died in 2009, left an amazing philanthropic legacy, having donated millions for the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (named in honor of his wife) and other causes including Mount Vernon and the Newseum. Kogod donated $25 million for the courtyard that connects the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum. In 2009, both families committed $10 million for a transformational renovation of the Charles E. Smith Center at George Washington University. Recent beneficiaries of the Kogod Family Foundation include Sidwell Friends School, Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, Arena Stage, National Gallery of Art, Trust for the National Mall, Capital Camps and Retreat Center in Rockville, the Latin American Youth Center, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Mayo Clinic and the American Friends of the Israel Museum.

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DANANDSUNITALEEDS These quality public education advocates have either founded or co-founded a number of learning-based organizations, including Education Voters of America

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and the Education Funders Strategy Group, National Public Education Support Fund, Education Voters Institute, Alliance for Excellent Education, Schott Foundation for Public Education and the Institute for Student Achievement. They also co-chair the Enfranchisement Foundation (formerly the Sunita and Daniel Leeds Family Foundation), which supported various progressive causes in 2012, according to the organization’s most recent tax filing. Dan Leeds, who is president of Fulcrum Investments and the son of CMP media founders Gerry and Lilo Leeds, also serves as director of the PBS Foundation where he helps raise transformational gifts for “America’s largest classroom.”

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TEDANDLYNNLEONSIS For Ted and Lynn Leonsis, philanthropy seems to be a way of life. Either through their family foundation or Ted Leonsis’ many entrepreneurial projects (Revolution, Groupon and Monumental Sports among them), they give much and often. Over the years, they’ve supported more than 400 char itable groups, most recently CharityWorks, DC Central Kitchen, Fight for Children and The Washington Animal Rescue League — all of which chip away at the couple’s promise to give away at least half of their fortune in their lifetime.

Annette and Ted Lerner

Ann Luskey

Mary Mochary

ANNLUSKEY Interior designer Ann Luskey has philanthropy and conservation in her blood. Her mother, Charlotte Ramsay, was a well-known conservationist who sat on the advisory council of the National Wildlife Foundation and founded the Jordan Conservation and Research Center. Luskey, also a descendant of Boston Globe founder Eben D. Jordan, continues her tireless work to preserve our planet’s oceans supporting the Nature Conservancy in The Bahamas, Dr. Enric Sala’s Pristine Seas Project with National Geographic, The Ocean Health Index with Conservation International, the creation of marine protected areas with The Sylvia Earle Alliance, and the conservation of whales and dolphins with Whaleman Foundation and The Baltimore Aquarium. Hand in hand with her conservation work, she also supports the Plastic Pollution Coalition and Environmental Working Group. Locally, Luskey is also a

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TEDANDANNETTELERNER The billionaire real estate mogul who built his fortune on a $250 loan from his wife in 1952 has given much of his wealth to various causes locally and across state lines over the years. The family foundation’s most recent tax filing shows that the Washington Nationals’ owner and his wife gave $1.7 million in 2012, the bulk of it to Jewish organizations including the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the Koby Mandell Foundation, Heifetz International Music Institute, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse and others. The couple has also given very generously to many children’s and social services organizations, including Mary’s Center, Miracle League of Montgomery County, and Juvenile Diabetes Research.

ALFREDCLIGGINS The oft-quoted phrase, “behind every great man is a great woman” rings particularly true for Alfred C. Liggins, CEO of Radio One. The woman who has always been by his side is his mother, Cathy Hughes. Even though she was only 17 when he was born, she gave him his start in radio by bringing him along to her job at WHUR, Howard University’s radio station, to have dinner and do his homework. When Hughes worked her way up through the broadcasting ranks and purchased her first Washington station, WOLAM, he became the account manager at age 21. Together the duo created a radio empire that led to the creation of Radio One, the seventh largest radio broadcasting company in the U.S., with 66 stations in 22 national markets and nearly $300 million in revenue. Liggins has not forgotten his roots and earlier this year gave $4 million to Howard University’s School of Communications. For the last five years, he has dedicated his free time to numerous organizations advancing the arts, including the Apollo Theater Foundation, Reach Media, the National Association of Broadcasters and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

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proponent of children and the arts and says she has made a multi-year commitment to support the refurbishment of Bethesda’s The Washington Waldorf School and works with her brother Randy Luskey, founder of The City Kids to Wilderness Project, to better the lives of underserved and at-risk innercity youths. She also supports Transformer art gallery for emerging artists. JW BILL ANDDONNAMARRIOTT The J. Willard and Alice Marriott Foundation, controlled by brother hoteliers J.W. “Bill” Marriott Jr. and Richard E. Marriott, distributed more than $29 million last year to recipients that included the Capital Area Food Bank, the District’s E.L. Haynes and KIPP DC public charter schools and Higher Achievement’s summer and afterschool academic programs. It also supported the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, which has placed more than 16,000 young people in jobs with 3,500 employers since 1989. Recipients of million-dollar grants in recent years include Boston Children’s Hospital and the Culinary Institute of America. The foundation is also active internationally. Last year it allocated $6.5 million to expand career opportunities for youth in the hotel business through a China Hospitality Education Initiative. Bill Marriott also distributes smaller grants from his own personal foundation to the American Heart Association, Mutiple Sclerosis Society and other groups including charities affiliated with the Mormon chirch. , RICHARDEAND NANCYPEERYMARRIOTT The 75-year-old hotelier who runs Marriott spin-off Host Hotels & Resorts and his classically trained soprano wife were among the latest group of wealthy individuals to sign onto the Giving Pledge, promising to give away at least half of their wealth (he’s worth $2.6 billion) in their lifetime. The pledge is a natural extension of the couple’s generosity and will likely ramp up the $1.2 million in grants they gave away last year through their Bethesda-based foundations. Causes dear to their hearts involve education and

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developmental programs for children and adults, according to the Foundation Center. Richard Marriott is also actively involved with his brother, Bill Marriott, in distributing funds from the foundation named in their parents’ honor. Nancy Marriott also gives plenty through her own foundation. Organizations that have benefited with tens of thousands from her considerable funds include American Cancer Society, Brigham Young University, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital and Johns Hopkins University, among them — a total of more than $700,000 in 2012. FORRESTBMARSJACQUELINE BADGERMARSANDJOHNMARS The candy clan, described as “notoriously secretive” about their $60 billion fortune are just as quiet about most of their philanthropy. Some of it derives from a family foundation, controlled by the three siblings, that distributes small grants to a host of environmental, education, animal welfare, health care and performing arts causes. Larger amounts have been given to the Washington National Opera, Wolf Trap, and a small children’s museum in California. The bulk of the three siblings’ giving is said to be on an individual basis. Jacqueline (“Jackie”) Mars favors the Washington Opera and horse-related causes including the U.S. Equestrian Team and the Sporting Library in Middleburg,Va., while Forrest and John Mars have contributed $2 million to both Mount Vernon and Yale University. The largest donation on record from a family member may well be the $11 million Forrest Mars gave to Colonial Williamsburg some years back.

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MARYMOCHARY A lawyer, for mer high-ranking state department official and mayor of Montclair, New Jersey who ran unsuccessfully against Sen. Bill Bradley in his 1984 U.S. Senate race, Mochary now focuses her considerable energy on art and philanthropic interests. She has chaired numerous fund-raising events for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Young Concert Artists, the

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CHAMPIONGIVERS Though they are known for their athletic accomplishments, many of Washington’s sports stars are also making a difference off the field. We chatted with a few who have started their own foundations to learn their motivations and goals behind their charities. REDSKINS

DESEANJACKSON—THEDESEANJACKSONFOUNDATION “The DeSean Jackson Foundation’s mission is to support and provide hope to patients diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and … children across America facing the bullying epidemic in our schools. I hope by using my voice and creating awareness to my anti-bullying campaign that I will be able to teach young people how to stop the cycle of bullying.” STEPHENBOWEN—SKYLER’SGIFT Skyler’s Gift helps hundreds of families pay for funeral and cremation services when their premature baby passes away. We started Skyler’s Gift as a way to honor our son Skyler, who passed away from complications of premature birth, but also because we knew that paying for a funeral was the last thing a family needed to worry about after losing their baby. Not only has Skyler’s Gift been very rewarding but also very healing.” NATIONALS

RYANZIMMERMAN—ZIMSFOUNDATION I launched the ziMS Foundation in 2006 to help find a treatment and ultimate cure for multiple sclerosis. The cause is an incredibly personal one for me [because] my mother, Cheryl, was diagnosed with M.S. in 1995. Witnessing her struggles and her strength make all of us want to keep fighting for a cure. I’m proud to say that we have donated more than $1 million to fund M.S. research since our inception, and with our fifth-annual ‘A Night at the Park’ fundraiser on June 16, I think this year will be our biggest yet.” DENARD SPAN — SPAN’S FANS “Helping single-parent families is something that I’m passionate about. I came from a single-parent home and I always told myself that when I got in a position to, I would do something special for these mothers and their children. By blessing these families with an invitation to come to a baseball game, I know from personal experience that it might be their only chance to enjoy an afternoon at the ballpark.” CAPITALS

MIKEGREEN—SOKIDSCAN “Through So Kids Can, my teammates and I, along with Elliot Segal, have a special opportunity to give back to the D.C. community. To date we’ve donated nearly $250,000 for charity based on our on-ice performance, allowing us to work closely with several local youthfocused organizations that serve the region. We feel fortunate to be a part of the local community and will continue to tally our goals and assists during the 2014-15 season in the name of charity.” ALEXOVECHKIN—OVI’SCRAZYS “We started Ovi’s Crazy 8s in 2006 to give kids, soldiers and their families the chance to see a Capitals home game for free. I wanted to do something to give back to the community and show them how much their support means to me. I am very happy to keep doing this program and share Capitals hockey with all these kids and service members next season.”

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Washington Opera, Kennedy Center and the American Red Cross in addition to her support for Duke University Medical School and the University of Chicago Law School. Mochary is well known in cultural circles for her stewardship of the Kasser-Mochary Foundation, which inspires and promotes appreciation of the arts through the lending of her family’s important collection of 19thand 20th-century European paintings and sculpture to regional museums. MARKANDBRENDAMOORE Through their family foundation, the couple — a high-tech executive and retired nurse who met in high school — says they have pledged to give away $500 million to the causes that are dear to their hearts: health care, education, music and the arts. Toward that goal, they have already donated $1 million toward consturction of the $500 million Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, slated to open in 2015. They also support the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater through its Directors Circle program and sit on the board of Alexandria-based Hopkins House Early Childhood Learning Center. The Moores are also donors to Inova Health System. Besides serving on the steering committee for its Mount Vernon Hospital expansion (which the couple says will be renamed the Mark and Brenda Moore Medical Center when it reopens in the fall 2014), they also sit on the board of the healthcare system’s foundation and the Patient Exper ience Advisory Committee. In addition, Mark Moore is a member of the National Symphony Orchestra board. KEVINPLANK The business wünderkind who built a multibillion-dollar company on literally the shirt off his back, is a prolific philanthropist. As co-chairman with ObjectVideo’s Raul Fernandez, he helped lead Fight for Children’s Fight Night gala to a $4 million windfall in 2013. He is also active in the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, and is giving away $115,000 annually to next-gen entrepreneurs through the

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school’s Cupid’s Cup contest.The businessman with a net worth of $2.1 billion also gives time and money to various Baltimore organizations, including Living Classrooms Foundation, Johns Hopkins, Win Baltimore, Power in Pink and donates 10 percent of his UA stock sales to Cupid Foundation, which supports public education in Baltimore. PENNYPRITZKER The name of President Obama’s billionaire secretary of commerce is affiliated just as much with her family-controlled Hyatt hotel chain and Marmon conglomerate of manufacturing and industrial services companies as it is with large-scale philanthropy. While the Pritzker Architecture Prize may be the best-known example nationwide, the clan’s hometown of Chicago has benefited mightily from its vast largess, much of it dispensed through the Pritzker Foundation (Penny Pritzker is a trustee). No one living in the Windy City can fail to be aware of a legacy that includes the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago, the Pritzker Legal Research Center at Northwestern University School of Law, the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, Pritzker Children’s Zoo and Pritzker Military Museum and Library. Penny Pritzker and her husband, Dr. Bryan Traubert, also contribute through their own family foundation, which focuses primarily on education, health and arts and cultural issues. She is known to be a supporter of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Harvard and Stanford universities, the Kennedy Center, Teach for America and the Council on Foreign Relations. MITCHANDEMILYRALES Mitch Rales, co-director with his brother Steve of the Danaher Corporation, a $40 billion global trading company, is one of the nation’s leading collectors of modern and contemporary art and has focused most of his giving — said to be in the $500 million range — into creating the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland. He and his second wife, Emily Wei Rales, a former arts curator, continue to add buildings to the enclave

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which they promise will become more accessible to the public in future years. Mitch Rales serves on the board of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the National Gallery of Art (which received his $10 million pledge to help fund a complete renovation of the East Building). Both he and the Mitchell Rales Family Foundation have also dispensed major gifts to educational causes over the years, including $5 million to Miami University and $1 million to the Washington’s Seed School. RUSSELLANDNORMARAMSEY The Ramseys have dedicated themselves to causes that aid at-risk families in the community and promote education, healthcare and the arts. Through the W. Russell and Norma Ramsey Foundation Inc., the Ramseys donate to organizations such as INOVA Health System, CharityWorks, Teach for America, Fight for Children and Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts. They were among the founding investors of Venture Philanthropy Partners, which has invested over $70 million in non-profits in the D.C. Capital Area helping community leaders build strong non-profit organizations. As a trustee at the Potomac School in McLean, Norma Ramsey oversaw $70 million in capital improvements, while her husband, chairman emeritus of George Washington University‘s board of trustees, took the lead on several billion-dollar projects, including the newly created GW/National Gallery/ Corcoran partnership. He was also recently named chairman/CEO of the effort to bring the 2024 summer Olympics to the District.

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DAVIDANDALICERUBENSTEIN It’s safe to say that when it comes to philanthropy, Carlyle Group’s co-founder is a giant. Tales of his generosity are well known and documented: $50 million to the Kennedy Center, $10 million to Mount Vernon Ladies Association, $10 million to the National Gallery of Art among many others. All told, $300 million in giving with no plans to stop anytime soon. The Washington Monument’s reopening this spring after a nearly three-year renovation to repair earthquake damage to

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CLICKTOGIVE Technology has made it easier than ever to support worthy causes Charitable giving is on the rise and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being felt most strongly in the digital sector. With so many apps and websites, donating to a favorite charity or cause has never been more simple or more effective. These websites and apps are just a few ways to kick-start your giving in small, yet powerful ways.



GOODSEARCHCOM

This charity donation site says it has raised nearly $11 million for various charities like the American Red Cross and UNICEF to smaller organizations like local schools. Donationminded users raise money by completing everyday activities like conducting a web search or shopping online through the site.

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The brainchild of a new teacher in the Bronx, this site is like Kickstarter for public schools. Cash-strapped teachers post what they need and donors choose which projects to fund, donating a minimum of $1. The fun part: when a project reaches its funding goal, benefators get photos from the classroom, a letter from the teacher and a breakdown of how every dollar was used. CHARITYMILESORG

This app does double duty by making donors feel good twice. Get in shape and earn money for charitable organizations like Girl Up, Wounded Warrior Project, Feeding America or the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like being a sponsored athlete, only better. DONATEAPHOTO

Johnson and Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charitable project is a fun one and speaks to our insatiable appetite for posting photos through social media. Share a photo through the app and the company donates funds toward causes like providing access to clean water in an African village and providing children with vaccinations.

which he donated half the repair cost is just another reminder of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;patriotic givingâ&#x20AC;? he is likely to engage in, as he recently told the New York Times. This year, the billionaire also added chairman of the Library of Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; James Madison Council to his philanthropic rĂŠsumĂŠ and donated $2 million to transfer two Asian elephants from Albertaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Calgary Zoo in Canada to the Smithsonian National Zoo. ROGERANDVICKISANT The Sants (whose wealth derives from Roger Sant having co-founded AES Corporation, a Fortune 200 electrical power company) have earned top honors in the annals of Washington philanthropy with enormous gifts to many local arts and cultural institutions, including $35 million to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and millions more to the National Gallery of Art (where Vicki Sant serves as president). They endowed the National Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chair and are longtime supporters of the Phillips Collection and the Shakespeare Theatre. Well known for a particularly enlightened view of the environment, the Sants are major champions of preserving the Mesoamerican Reef and have had a major impact on the World Wildlife Fundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sustainable agriculture efforts in Belize over the past two decades. Their Summit Foundation supports adolescent reproductive health issues and has assisted the Federal City Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quest, led by former Major Anthony Williams, to clean up the Anacostia River. FRANKANDTRICIASAUL The publicity-averse billionaire investor sold Chevy Chase Bank to Capitol One for $520 million in cash and stocks in 2009 but he and his wife remain generous contributors to many organizations on whose boards they have served, including National Gallery of Art, National Geographic, the Library of Congress, the National Sporting Library, Brookings Institution, Blair House and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. They also donate to the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian, University of Virginia, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Providence Hospital, Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

National Medical Center, the Conservation Fund and various Roman Catholic charities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more you give of your time, talents, and energy, you get back tenfold,â&#x20AC;? Frank Saul says. DANIELSOLOMON This activist/philanthropist wears his causes on his sleeve and is even willing to go to jail for them, as he recently did during a protest in Washington to gain voting rights in Congress for the District of Columbia. The DC Vote founder and president of the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation has a long history of fighting for such causes as a former political appointee to the U.S. Department of Labor working on international labor and child labor rights. When he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t advocating for social justice, he serves on the boards of the University of the District of Columbia School of Law Foundation and Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and helped raise over $1 million for Bend the Arcâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tzedec program, which supports lowincome communities in the District. PATTYSTONESIFER The 57-year-old former tech executive caused quite the stir when she was named to head local food bank Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Table after spending more than 10 years managing an $89 billion endowment as chief executive of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Indeed, the Washington Post said it was not unlike GE legend Jack Welch managing an appliance store. But just one year into her job, Stonesifer appears to be fulfilling what she set out to do â&#x20AC;&#x201D; be on the front lines of charitable work. As the leader of the much-admired 35-yearold institution â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which almost exclusively relies on public donations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she is teaching the staff to think big with the lofty goal of eradicating childhood hunger. ANNIETOTAH A prolific and generous giver, Annie Totah has donated to nearly 75 causes, according to her foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent tax filings, including Strathmore, Blair House, PEN/ Faulkner, Washington Ballet, Young Concert Artists, Refugees International, Washington


Performing Arts Society, as well as to various causes focused on her Armenian/Jewish heritage. All told, Totah estimates that she has helped raise millions for local charities, to say nothing of the $1.5 billion in foreign aid she helped raise for her Armenian homeland in the last two decades. It’s no wonder that the most recent National Museum of Women in the Arts Spring Gala was hailed as the best of the season, mostly due to her efforts as chairwoman, which the Washington Post’s Reliable Source called “Annie’s gala.” RYUJI UENO AND SACHIKO KUNO The Japanese-Amer ican biochemists have been very busy putting their S&R Foundation on the map of late, as well as developing their newest venture at Halcyon House while considerably ramping up their giving in 2013. The organization dedicated to supporting talented individuals with “high aspirations” in the arts, sciences and social entrepreneurship has had a full calendar with various events featuring such heavy hitters as Hillary Clinton. All told, the couple last year donated $1.6 million to 27 organizations mostly in the arts and health fields, including Transformer Gallery, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Library of Congress’ Music Division, New Orchestra of Washington, Johns Hopkins University and the Prevent Cancer Foundation. They’ve also supported 10 organizations through the use of S&R’s facilities, including Trust for the National Mall; Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security; Asia Society; and Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy. Look for S&R to expand its longtime support of the Washington Ballet with Evermay Chamber providing the music for the ballet, starting with its “Swan Lake” production in 2015. GEORGE AND TRISH VRADENBURG TheVradenburgs have made it a personal mission to end Alzheimer’s disease. They have chaired the National Alzheimer’s Gala in Washington since 2003, and with their tireless efforts the event has raised over $9 million to date for the Alzheimer’s Association. They took their personal crusade one step further in 2006, by founding their own philanthropic organization,

USAAgainstAlzheimer’s, which raises funds for research with the mission to eradicate the disease by 2020. Trish Vradenburg sits on the boards of Theater J and DC Vote, while George has served as president of the board of the Phillips Collection (a major recipient of gifts from the couple over the years). In 2008, he co-founded the Chesapeake Crescent Initiative, an organization that works to create jobs and growth in the Chesapeake region. SCOTT AND CHRISTY WALLACE Both Scott and Christy Wallace serve on the board of the Wallace Global Fund, an environmentally focused organization that awards grants on local and national levels to organizations that not only promote positive environmental impacts but fight injustice, especially related to women’s rights, civil liberties and “furthering democratic participation … in supporting bold, new and progressive ideas.” The fund grew out of what was once known as the Wallace Genetic Foundation, which was founded in 1965 in honor of the late Henry A. Wallace, who served as secretary of agriculture under Franklin D. Roosevelt and ran as the Progressive Party candidate for president in 1948. In 1995 the Fund started the work and grant-giving it is still well-known for today. ROBIN WEST AND EILEEN SHIELDS WEST Robin West, an international energy advisor, spearheaded the $160 million effort to build the new headquarters building of the United States Institute of Peace and to expand the organization’s activities to some of the world’s most troubled areas. He is co-chairman of the board of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the leading institution focusing on transatlantic relations, and also serves as president of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, a major funder of scholarship in American art at the National Gallery of Art. His wife, author and journalist Eileen Shields West, is chairman and benefactor of Refugees International. The Wests have also contributed to the SEED Foundation (on whose board Eileen West also serves) and to the renovation of the Beauvoir School.

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From the June 2014 issue of Washington Life Magazine

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