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he national economic recovery may be slow, but

Children. And who could forget railroad heir Richard E. Herman,

there are promising signs that the country is on

the recluse who gave all of his money to the national opera and

an upswing. The stock market is steadily climbing,

symphony, and Family Matters of Greater Washington — $43

companies are hiring again, if conservatively, and

million total — when he died late last year?

unemployment numbers are at least more stable.

These Washington givers join others on the national

To be sure, we have a long road ahead, but the ripple effect

stage, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

is being felt in the world of philanthropy. Encouraged by this

who gave $350 million to Johns Hopkins, cosmetics tycoon

uptick — and perhaps feeling a need to step in where the

Leonard Lauder’s $1 billion Cubist art collection gift to

sequester has shrunk budgets — the philanthropic-minded

the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Houston’s John and

are continuing to fill the gap in big ways.

Laura Arnold, who have pledged to donate $4 billion in their

Though overall giving is still down from a few years ago, headline-making gifts have become de rigueur of late: United

lifetime. It’s a trend toward “transformational” giving — sums that truly make a difference.

Arab Emirates Amb. Yousef Al-Otaiba’s $150 million to Children’s

This year’s Philanthropic 50 include newsmakers both

National Medical Center, David Rubenstein’s $50 million to

past and present, along with those who prefer to give with

the Kennedy Center’s forthcoming expansion project, Connie

less fanfare. As always, the arts, education and health are

Milstein’s $15 million enabling the newly opened Washington

familiar areas for giving, with women’s issues, international

campus of New York University and another $10 million to

aid and disaster relief making strong appearances this year.

Mt. Vernon’s new library, to say nothing of Frederick and

It is in no way an exhaustive list, but represents Washington’s

Karen Schaufeld’s assistance in raising $400,000 for Fight for

generous spirit and tradition of stewardship.


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Abeer Al-Otaiba and U.A.E. Amb. Yousef Al-Otaiba

GINAADAMS Fedex’s senior vice president for government affairs keeps busy with a number of charitable causes, focusing mostly on education, the arts and women’s issues. And while she sits on many boards including American University (her alma mater), D.C. Public Education Fund, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Washington Performing Arts Society and the National Museum for Women in the Arts, she does more than collect accolades. Besides helping to underwrite many important programs, she teaches at her old high school every year through Teach for America. “I have been blessed in life beyond my wildest dreams,� she says, “and I understand the importance of paying that forward.� JOHNE“CHIP�AKRIDGEIII Progress being made to renovate the National Mall is evident in the scaffolds, fences and excavators one can see around “America’s Front Yard,� and much of that can be credited to Chip Akridge. After securing numerous high-dollar contributions in recent years (including his own $1 million gift), the chairman and founder of The Trust for the National Mall helped land the biggest grant in the trust’s history this year — $10 million from Volkswagen — funds that will go a long way toward the project’s final completion.


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David and Alice Rubenstein

YOUSEFANDABEERAL-OTAIBA “The United Arab Emirates and the United States are close allies and helping each other is what deep friendship is all about,� U.A.E. Amb. Yousef Al-Otaiba says of his nation’s generous gifts to U.S. causes over the years. These include $150 million to launch the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center (which aims at making pediatric surgery more precise, less invasive and painfree). Other gifts of note: about $80 million for a cardiovascular and critical care tower at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital; $10 million for relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy; 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 Under the dynamic guidance of Kuwaiti Amb. Salem Al-Sabah and his wife Rima the KuwaitAmerica Foundation has raised more than $15 million to combat malaria in Africa, help save the Brazilian rainforest and support causes assisting women and children, including female education in Afghanistan, helping Iraqi refugees

and building a hospital in Basra. They are now finalizing plans for a $1.5 million endowment for graduate scholarships for Arab women at Georgetown University. Legends on the capital’s cultural and philanthropy scenes, the Al-Sabahs are noted for their generosity in opening their home to help such causes as Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools. ADRIENNEARSHT Arsht remained front and center on the philanthropy scene throughout the past year with a $10 million gift from her banking fortune to support the transformation of Lincoln Center’s facilities and public spaces (which was recognized with the dedication of the Adrienne Arsht Stage in Alice Tully Hall last October). In Washington, she gave $5 million to endow the Adrienne Arsht Latin American Center at the Atlantic Council to focus on a Latin America-U.S.-Europe partnership of common values and shared interests. She also supported the National Gallery’s current exhibit devoted to Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballet Russe, underwrote a National Symphony Orchestra performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall and donated $150,000 to enable the D.C.Volunteer Lawyers Project to expand its work providing free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence.


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A Wealth of Possibilities by Ellen Miley Perry (Egremont Press)

BRETTANDAMYBAIER The Fox News anchor and his wife’s charitable giving stems from their son Paul’s health issues. As a newborn, he was diagnosed with five congenital heart defects requiring immediate surgery. Grateful to Children’s National Medical Center for performing the life-saving procedures, the Baiers, along with Amy’s parents, Paul and Barbara Hills, donated $1 million in 2008. Since that time the Baiers have continued to pledge their support for the pediatric medical center by hosting several fund-raising benefits. Most recently, Bret Baier emceed the Children’s National Medical Center Children’s Ball, where he helped raise $2 million. They have given to other causes as well, including the March of Dimes and several arts organizations. LISABARRY In 2011 Chevron Corporation gave a $1.75 million grant to Project Lead the Way, which funds engineering programs in middle and high schools nationwide. The same year, the company, where Barry serves as vice president of government affairs, donated $8 million to Global Fund to Fight AIDS,Tuberculosis and Malaria. A partner program to Project Lead the Way, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) was started by Chevron, with giving centered in California, Mississippi and Texas.The company’s University Partnership Program works with many U.S. universities including Standford, MIT and U.C. Davis to provide scholarships, fund faculty positions and other support to enhance technological education. DAVIDANDKATHERINEBRADLEY Atlantic Media Chairman David Bradley and his wife Katherine’s “laser focused” direction to ensure that all District students receive a superior education has helped build a citywide system of high-performing public and charter schools. Their main giving entity, CityBridge Foundation, invests in high-impact strategies for school turnaround and replication. In January, CityBridge launched the Education Innovation Fellowship to introducetechnologybased “blended learning” to D.C. schools. The Fellowship received a $1 million expansion gift from Microsoft Corporation in May. David Bradley still chairs the board of a child abuse


treatment center in the Philippines (where he was a Fulbright scholar), and the couple continue to support the Kennedy Center, the Trust for the National Mall and other local causes. NANCYBRINKER It has been said that this cancer crusader has done more for the fight against breast cancer than any other living person. Under her guidance, Susan G. Komen has invested $2.2 billion since its founding to community health programs, with more than $775 million going to research. On any given day, 1,596 women receive a free Komen-funded mammogram. Since 1990, $33 million has been invested in the capital region, which has the second-highest breast cancer mortality rate after Alaska. She currently serves as the goodwill ambassador for Cancer Control for the United Nations’World Health Organization and helped the Kennedy Center raise $2.2 million as chairman of this year’s spring gala. CALVINANDJANECAFRITZ Through the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Washington’s most philanthropic family has given more that $380 million since 1970 to an astonishing 877 organizations in the areas of community services, arts and humanities, education, health and the environment. The foundation supports many established causes that include Iona Senior Services, Samaritan Inns’ programs for women with HIV/AIDS, Teach for America, the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Program to sponsor promising young vocalists) and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which has received major funding for a demonstration project to show farmers how to reduce runoff into the Bay. The Cafritz family is especially noted for getting behind new and innovative groups. Stone Soup Films, for example, produces broadcast-quality videos to help nonprofits in their fundraising and promotional activities. Red Wiggler Community Farm in Clarksburg, Md. provides gainful employment for adults with developmental disabilities through a unique horticulture program that uses organic agricultural practices. STEVEANDJEANCASE The Cases have been pioneers in developing new approaches to philanthropy through the Case

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Parents often believe that the best way to instill empathy in their children is to give them money for charity to help them learn the fundamentals of giving. This may be especially true for wealthy families. But true empathy requires getting outside of one’s self and typically stems from getting ample love and attention from one’s parents. Children who have highly busy, self-absorbed parents are rarely able to tend well to the needs of anyone else because they haven’t been given enough emotional nurturing and attention themselves. Highly successful adults can also be self-focused, highly ego-driven, and only limitedly available to their children. The first step toward developing compassionate children is to be emotionally and physically available to them. Once your children have received the love and attention that serve as a foundational basis of compassion, they need to be shown, by you(!), empathy and generosity toward others. The compassion you teach your children should be overt and obvious. Bring your charity and philanthropy out of the office. Roll up your shirtsleeves and make sure your child bears witness. Show them how important and constant your own compassion is, and how gratifying it is to connect to others in this way. All the better if it’s about connection, not noblesse oblige, and about how we love one another, not about our duty to give based on how much we have. The former promises possibility and energy, while the latter is subject to the downward spiral of obligation and burden. Exciting your children about helping others and about being a citizen of the world is important work. “The problems of our world are vast and deep and complex,” writes Craig Kilburger, founder of Free the Children. “We need those who have resources of any kind—intellect, creativity, wealth, position, power, courage, and faith—to lean in and help others.” If motivated and encouraged, the children of the affluent can affect so much in the world. The impact they have grows exponentially if their parents collaborate. There are literally thousands of ways to do this, from church-based programs and community-based nonprofits to national and international programs. Put energy and resources toward giving back and the benefits your children and the greater world will reap will be substantial and profound.



Foundation, created in 1997. The Foundation is known for its efforts in leveraging new technologies to democratize philanthropy through programs like America’s Giving Challenge. The Case Foundation has also played a pivotal role in creating cross-sector initiatives including A Billion + Change, a partnership with the Points of Light Institute and Senator Mark Warner, focused on encouraging corporations to provide pro-bono services to nonprofits; and the Startup America Partnership, a private-sector coalition working to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of American entrepreneurs. In 2011, Steve and Jean joined The Giving Pledge, started by Bill & Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, publicly reaffirming their commitment to give away the majority of their wealth.

University and the University of Maryland over the years and also supports programs under the direction of Catholic Charities and the National Child Research Center.

also led a capital campaign which raised over $5 million toward a major renovation of the See Forever Maya Angelou Public Charter School where a Jack Davies Media Center is planned.

BILLANDJOANNECONWAYJR The co-founder and co-CEO of the Carlyle Group has signed onto “The Giving Pledge� to donate at least $1 billion of his net worth during his lifetime. In 2012, he and his wife’s Bedford Falls Foundation donated $6 million to Capital Area Food Bank and $5 million to So Others May Eat.They gave $5 million to the University of Virginia this year. The family foundation has also given $1.75 million to Community of Hope’s efforts to support low-income families and create jobs in the healthcare industry.

AJAMES&ALICECLARKAND COURTNEYCLARKPASTRICK The construction dynasty’s Clark Charitable Foundation gave $500,000 to Boulder Crest Retreat in 2012, a Bluemont, Va., facility for wounded warriors and their families to recover and reconnect. Courtney Pastrick serves on the board of the Washington Jesuit Academy, a middle school for at-risk boys in Washington; Collegiate Directions Inc., a college access program for low-income, first-generation-to-college students in Maryland; and Vanderbilt University. The family has given an estimated $50 million to Johns Hopkins University, George Washington

JACKDAVIESANDKAYKENDALL Davies and Kendall believe that education — specifically with high-performing schools — is the key to bringing low-income children out of poverty.They are major supporters and active board members of THEARC,Teach for America, CharityWorks and CityDance. Kendall was past board chair of both the Washington Ballet and Maret School where Davies has endowed The Davies Scholars program to mentor low income students. They both also served on the board of Horizons@Maret. He was a leader in Venture Philanthropy Partners’ efforts to raise over $90 million in support of low-income families. He’s

ALBERTANDCLAIREDWOSKIN Through the Albert and Claire Dwoskin Family Foundation, the Dwoskins have worked tirelessly to protect children’s health. For years, it has organized and underwritten conferences to alert the public to the potential health risks associated with childhood vaccinations. Claire Dwoskin recently produced a documentary titled “The Age of Aluminum,� which details the destructive properties of the most abundant metal on earth. The couple has generously donated to Teach for America over the years and share chairman duties on the Fairfax Library Foundation’s Endowment.

THEGIVINGPLEDGE To date, 114 of the world’s wealthiest have promised to give away half or more of their wealth to charity by signing onto the pledge, established by Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates. Here, locals in their own words on why they took the pledge. “We share the view that those to whom much is given, much is expected. We realize we have been given a unique platform and opportunity, and we are committed to doing the best we can with it. We do not believe our assets are ‘ours’ but rather we try to be the responsible stewards of these resources — and we recognize we have an obligation to reinvest them in a positive, constructive and flexible manner.â€? — Steve and Jean Case, founders AOL “I recognize that to have any significant impact on an organization or a cause, one must concentrate resources, and make transformative gifts — and to be involved in making certain those gifts actually transform in a positive way.â€? — David Rubenstein, co-founder Carlyle Group “We encourage others to go down a philanthropic path of their choosing with the understanding that this road is full of opportunities and challenges. It is as hard to make good grants as it is to make good investments and it needs to be done with dedication. ‌ When done right, there is nothing more satisfying than grant-making — seeing positive results and learning from mistakes.â€? — Vicki and Roger Sant, founders AES


LOISENGLAND Originally founded by Hechinger home improvement stores heiress Lois England and her late husband, Richard, to teach their children the value and integrity in giving, the England Foundation has awarded more than $10 million in grants over the years. Its giving includes $4 million to Out-of-School-Time Programs in Washington and $350,000 to Jewish Community Life and $175,000 in discretionary grants during the Spring 2012 Cycle to various Washingtonarea institutions, including contributions to the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, George Washington University, the McLean School of Maryland, St. Andrew’s School and Sidwell Friends School. RICHARDANDSHANNONFAIRBANK The co-founder and CEO of Capital One earns no salary although he received about $15 million in stocks and options last year plus a $2 million bonus but actively supports many Washington causes, including the Potomac School (which received a $12 million gift). He and his wife have contributed to many community campaigns and most recently supported women veterans trying to start their own businesses with an $800,000 grant through the Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corps, a program with Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence.


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RAULANDJEAN-MARIEFERNANDEZ As the founders of the Fernandez Foundation, the couple’s primary focus is on education reform and creating opportunity in the arts for underpriviledged youth in the Washington area, giving around $1 million each year since 2000. Raul Fernandez is the chairman of Fight for Children, which raised just over $2 million last year through its annual fundraiser, Fight Night. He also serves on the boards of America’s Promise, D.C. College Access Program, and D.C. Public Education Fund to contribute to educational improvements. Jean-Marie Fernandez serves on the board of the Washington Ballet and Imagination Stage and is passionately dedicated to THEARC. The couple served as chairmen of this year’s Catholic Charities Gala, raising an astounding $2.1 million. MICHELLEFREEMAN Freeman leads the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, which donates $1.5 million annually in grants, and the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, which focuses on art for all ages and art education. She has supported and chaired THEARC’s gala for the last three years and sits on the board of Washington National Opera,The Landon School and CharityWorks, where she was honored as “Philanthropist of the Year” in 2012.This year, she received the 2013 Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Community Service Award for her instrumental role in raising over $2.5 million for the organization. She is also sponsoring the American Film Institutes 2013 Documentary Festival’s move back to Washington, along with Ted Leonsis and Jim Kimsey. MORTONANDNORMALEEFUNGER The Fungers recently endowed the W. Scott Funger Memorial Scholarship in honor of their late son, a 2012 George Washington University Law School grad. They serve on the boards of the National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art and American Art Museum, the Kennedy Center and Children’s Hospital Foundation. Over the years their foundation has supported the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Children’s National Medical Center, the Mayo Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the National Symphony Orchestra, Duke University


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Medical Center and Washington Performing Arts Society. This year they were honored with the George Washington University’s Presidents Medal for their generous financial support to the University over the last decade. JACQUESANDLEAHGANSLER Since its founding in 1999, the Ganslers’ CharityWorks has distributed more than $14 million: $8 million to causes from the foundation’s annual Fall “Dream Ball� and about $6 million to causes from its 100 Point Vintage Wine Dinner, held every Spring. About 60 percent of funds have been distributed to organizations supporting education for children in need. Grants to Higher Achievement helped take this local mom-and-pop shop nationwide, while funds to Capital Partners for Education helped 400 kids — up from 100 — become the first in their families to attend college. The Ganslers also support Maya Angelou’s See Forever schools, Orphan Foundation of America, Everybody Wins, Fishing School and Heads Up! The rest has gone to military veterans and their families through organizations such as Fisher House, which provides housing for wounded vets. All told, roughly a quarter-million individuals have been touched by the Ganslers’ generosity. Rynthia Rost and Michelle Freeman

Kuwait Amb. Salem Al-Sabah and Rima Al-Sabah


STEVEANDDIANAGOLDBERG Nothing is more important than healthy happy children as far as the Goldbergs are concerned and it shows in their giving.They may no longer be making headlines since their two newsmaking $25 million donations to Children’s National Medical Center in 2001 and 2008, but the couple continue to give regularly to several children’s causes, including Children’s Law Center, through their family foundation. DONALDGRAHAM Few names are better known in Washington than Don Graham’s. As chairman and CEO of the Washington Post Company, Graham has been associated with one of the nation’s most widely read newspapers since 1971 when he joined the family-owned media company as an enterprising reporter and then worked his way up through the ranks. When he isn’t busy ensuring the news gets delivered, he works on behalf of District of Columbia College Access


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Roger and Vicki Sant

Program (DC-CAP), which helps District public high school students enroll in and graduate from college. More than $1 million in grants were made in 2013 through the Philip L. Graham Fund (named after his late father) in five areas: arts and humanities, community endeavors, education, health and human services, journalism and communications. TERESAHEINZ Mrs. Heinz is mostly in the spotlight as the spouse of Secretary of State John F. Kerry these days, but the foods products heiress has not lost her razor-sharp focus on the philanthropic activities of The Heinz Endowments (with $1.5 billion in assets) and three separate foundations known as the Heinz Family Philanthropies (more than $150 million in assets) which she has directed since the death of her first husband, Sen. H. John Heinz III of Pennsylvania, in 1991. The endowments distribute about $65 million per year, mostly in the Pittsburgh area (where the H.J. Heinz Company is based), and use the city and the rest of the southwestern region of Pennsylvania as a testing ground for solutions to problems that are national in scope. Working through five program areas — arts and culture; children, youth and families; community and economic development; education; and environment — she has concentrated on identifying opportunities that promise significant


Cindy and Evan Jones

quality-of-life improvements for residents who need them the most. Mrs. Heinz is especially devoted to the selection process involving the Heinz Family Foundation’s annual Heinz Awards, which gives $250,000 grants for individual achievement in many fields. Last year’s recipients were: a composer working to bring symphony orchestras into the digital age; a public health pediatrician focusing on the connection between physical design of communities and public health risks; a university president who increased the number of minority students in math and science; a scientist specializing in clean energy economy; and a synthetic biology pioneer. HELENLEEHENDERSON A wise observer of the Washington arts scene once said, “if it has the HRH name on it, it’s the best show in town” and few would disagree. Henderson’s discerning judgment and taste have been a boon for the Kennedy Center, which has received more than $8 million from her family’s HRH Foundation for international programming and festivals devoted to the cultures of China, Japan, India, Scandinavia and the Arab world. She’s also supported the cost of producing dozens of educational videos in conjunction with major exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art over the past decade. Other recipients of her ample largesse include the National Symphony Orchestra, the Shakespeare Theatre,

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Colonial Williamsburg and the Signature Theatre (where she provided underwriting for the current production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company”). BOBANDPAULAHISAOKA Over the last five years, the Hisaokas have given millions of dollars in charitable gifts to worthy local causes, about $4.4 million is specifically raised through the Joan Hisaoka Make a Difference Gala, which is held to assist those living with cancer, specifically Life with Cancer and the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. Bob Hisaoka serves on the board of Teach for America for which he has given $200,000 in the last three years. He also sits on the boards of the University of Maryland Business School, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts and the See Forever Foundation.The Hisaokas are active in Venture Philanthropy Partners and THEARC, to which they have given generously in recent years. In addition to the organizations mentioned above, they also support NorthernVirginia Family Services, Brem Foundation, Fight for Children, the D.C. Public Education Fund, Salvation Army, City Dance, and a new philanthropic project, the New School Venture Fund. EVANANDCINDYJONES Longtime supporters and volunteers at Children’s National Medical Center, the Joneses have given



Claire and Albert Dwoskin

well over a million dollars to the hospital, in addition to endowing the Cindy and Evan Jones Professorship in Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology, the first in the country that tests how medicine reacts in children as opposed to adults. Cindy Jones also sits on CNMC’s foundation board, while her husband serves on the medical center’s main board and is the former chairman of the Children’s Research Institute Board. Evan Jones, a scientist, is on a number of Boards including Research!America andhe established a Management & Technology fund at the Wharton School. Cindy Jones, an engineer by training, serves on several boards including the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Women’s Board of the American Heart Association and has chaired over a dozen local fund raising galas. KIPLINGERFAMILY Austin Kiplinger’s father, publishing magnate W.M. Kiplinger, started collecting rare prints, maps and photographs of the nation’s capital back in the 1920s and his family has continued the tradition ever since, amassing more than 4,000 pieces tracing every stage of the city’s development. This treasure trove dates from an early 1791 plan for the new capital drawn by Pierre L’Enfant to “Vanishing Washington,� 120 oil and watercolor paintings and hundreds of photographs commissioned to record buildings that were demolished in the 1950s. Austin Kiplinger and


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his son, Knight, recently turned over this treasure trove to the Historical Society of Washington, where it will be displayed at the old Carnegie Library, the downtown headquarters the group shares with Events DC, the city’s convention and sports authority. ROBERTANDARLENEKOGODAND CLARICESMITH Any local resident who loves the performing arts would certainly be familiar with the names Kogod and Smith. From the Robert and Arlene Kogod Theatre at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the Arlene and Robert Kogod Center for the Arts classroom at Sidwell Friends School to the Kogod Lobby at Studio Theatre and the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum, it is clear this prominent real estate dynasty has left an indelible cultural mark in the metropolitan Washington area. SACHIKOKUNOANDRYUJIUENO The biotech tycoons behind the surprise purchases of the historic “Evermay� and “Halcyon House� properties in Georgetown fly under the radar with their philanthropy but have made strides in supporting the arts. In addition to their S&R Foundation, which supports emerging Japanese classical musicians and scientists, the couple also gives regularly to

the Washington Ballet, the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as well as to more wide-reaching projects such as the Global Classmates Program. They are also in the process of creating a separate entity, the Sachiko Kuno and Ryuji Ueno Innovation Fund, for additional philanthropic endeavors. TEDANDLYNNLEONSIS The couple were a pillar of the Washington charitable community even before they pledged to donate $100 million in their lifetimes. Ted Leonsis wears many hats — from entrepreneur and sports team owner to Emmy-awardwinning filmmaker and venture capital investor — and within each role he manages to wear a philanthropist’s hat as well. He and his wife have supported more than 400 charities in the past, and this year they are narrowing their focus to make a greater impact with their giving. Favorites still include his alma mater Georgetown University, College Success Foundation, the Boys and Girls Clubs, Best Buddies,VPP, Maya Angelou School, Capital Area Food Bank and military outreach programs such as TAPS. MARRIOTTFAMILY The hotel clan’s J. Willard and Alice Marriott Foundation, controlled by brothers Bill and Richard Marriott, distributed just over $19


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Austin Kiplinger

David and Katherine Bradley

million last year, including major grants to the District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP), D.C. Central Kitchen, New Schools Venture Fund, Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School. 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. Bill Marriott’s son and daughter in law, David and Carrie Marriott, have become more active in philanthropic work in recent years, especially with Children’s National Medical Center and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. JACQUELINEMARS The Mars candy heiress was instrumental in the merger of the Kennedy Center with Washington National Opera (where she serves as a most generous chairman) and is widely recognized for her dedication to preserving American history. She supports the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, the National Museum of History, National gallery of Art, Mount Vernon, the American Prairie Foundation and the National Archives, which last year recognized her contributions with its first Foundation for the National Archives Heritage Award.


CONSTANCEMILSTEIN Heiress to a sizeable real estate fortune, Constance “Connie” Milstein made her mark in Washington over the past few years with the renovation of the Jefferson Hotel — President Obama’s venue of choice when it comes to wining and dining Republicans opposed to his budget plan. Her philanthropic efforts are more under the radar, although she was front and center in April as chairman of the annual Washington National Opera Ball. She gives to a wide variety of causes — including $10 million recently to Mt.Vernon — but has five major ones that continue year after year. These include four institutions on whose boards she serves: the Kennedy Center, New York University (which just opened its Washington campus thanks to her $15 million donation in 2010), New York Presbyterian Hospital and CURE Epilepsy (which received a $500,000 challenge grant in 2010) plus Ford’s Theatre. Among her other causes are Lungevity, the National Symphony Orchestra and Refugees International. NELSANDKRISTENOLSON Nels Olson is vice chairman and co-leader of the Global Board and CEO Services Practice at Korn/Ferry. He is an active board member of Wolf Trap Foundation. He and his wife are former chairmen of the Wolf Trap Ball and served as chairmen of the Refugees International

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Douglas and Gabriela Smith

Gala this year.They are sponsors of the StarlightStarbright Foundation and served as committee members for the 2013 Children’s Ball. GEORGEANDMARILYNPEDERSEN By day, George Pedersen works at ManTech International, a company he co-founded that generates $3 billion in revenue, to find innovative solutions for mission-critical national security programs. But finding ways to improve the lives of the downtrodden is never far from his brain, as he and wife Marilyn have consistently given generously to local institutions, such as Charityworks, Johns Hopkins Medical School and the Hillside School for Handicapped Children in Maryland. MILT CAROLYNANDLAURIEPETERSON When Milt and Carolyn Peterson got married, they knew that one of their main goals was to create a family business they could share. Four children later, what they have built is something of a family empire with all the children helping to manage The Peterson Companies.The family also has a foundation to support health and human services causes including the Life with Cancer’s Family Center. In May, the Petersons hosted their annual Lobster Extravaganza in partnership with Inova Health System and helped raise more than $750,000 for Life with Cancer on top of the $10 million-plus they already raised.



IRENEPOLLIN Pollin is famous for having owned the Washington Wizards and Capitals with her late husband, Abe Pollin, but her work with the organization she founded in her daughter’s memory, Sister to Sister, is what drives her philanthropy. Last year, Pollin negotiated a partnership to give the group access to the 300,000 members of Hadassah, the country’s largest Jewish women’s organization. Her $10 million donation to Hadassah’s Medical Center in Jerusalem took her cause global with the founding of the Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Institute. She followed that with another $10 million to Cedars Sinai Heart Institute’s Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center, further expanding her organization’s ability to prevent heart disease — the number one killer of women in America.

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Nels and Kristen Olson

FC Stats: The Foundation Center’s Statistical Information Service (


Total Grants Dollars Received


Total Number of Grants


1. California

$ 3,089,947,598 5.5

2. New York

3,017,210,145 5.4

16,178 4.4

3. District of Columbia

1,646,883,222 2.9

7,128 1.9

4. Arkansas

1,336,022,075 2.4

5. Massachusetts

22,380 6.1

710 0.2

1,167,915,617 2.1

6,571 1.8

959,874,695 1.7

8,807 2.4

7. Pennsylvania

749,831,062 1.3

5,439 1.5

8. Illinois

713,829,704 1.3

5,713 1.6

9. Georgia

585,536,743 1.0

2,933 0.8

526,182,318 0.9

3,430 0.9

6. Texas

10. Michigan

Subtotal $ 13,793,233,179 24.6 All other States 7,369,636,389 13.1 1

Total $ 21,162,869,568 37.7

79,289 21.7 63,964 17.5 143,253 39.2

Source: The Foundation Center, 2013. Due to rounding, figures may not add up. Based on all grants of $10,000 or more awarded by a national sample of 1,122 larger U.S. foundations (including 800 of the 1,000 largest ranked by total giving). For community foundations, only discretionary grants are included. Grants to individuals are not included in the file. The difference between total grants awarded and total grants received represents grants to overseas recipients. 1Total for grants received includes 70 grants totaling $3.5 million to recipients based in U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands). Copyright Š 2013, The Foundation Center. All rights reserved. Permission to use, copy, and/or distribute this document in whole or in part for internal, noncommercial purposes without fee is hereby granted provided that this notice and appropriate credit to the Foundation Center is included in all copies. All references to data contained in this document must also credit theFoundation Center. No other reproduction, republishing, or dissemination in any manner of form is permitted without prior written consent from the Foundation Center. Requests for written consent should be submitted to the Foundation Centers Research Department.


MITCHANDEMILYRALES Mitchell is the director of the Danaher Corporation, a $40 billion global trading company. The couple’s extensive contemporary art collection is displayed at the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Md., and they have recently donated funds to add a second building to the enclave, as well as an arts collaboration with Strathmore Music Center. Mitch Rales serves on the board of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden as well as the National Gallery of Art (which has received his pledge of $10 million to help fund a complete renovation to the East Building). RYNTHIAROST As GEICO’s vice president of public affairs, Rost helps donate millions of dollars each year to more than 200 charities. She personally serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Economic Club, the Federal City Council the Board of Trade and the D.C. Chamber of Commerce. In her spare time, she helps mentor young, multicultural women seeking guidance in their careers via her daughter’s project. Rost gives generously from her own purse as well, and has recently donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Children’s Hospital, INOVA and the Laurel Fund. She is also chairwoman of GEICO’s Children’s Hospital Campaign, which raises more than $300,000 annually.


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DAVIDANDALICERUBENSTEIN David Rubenstein wasted no time jumpstarting his annual giving, and he is America’s ninthlargest donor for 2013. His $90 million in pledges is more than double the $42.5 million he distributed in 2012. This year Rubenstein has given $50 million to the Kennedy Center toward its $150 million expansion project, $10 million to the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association to help build the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, $10 million to the National Gallery of Art and $150,000 (as a David M. Rubenstein Prize) for the first-ever Library of Congress Literacy Awards. ROGERANDVICKISANT The Sants’ reputation as remarkably lowkey donors is inversely proportional to their generous support of myriad causes that include the visual and performing arts, preservation of the Mesoamerican Reef, adolescent reproductive health issues and sustainable cities. A particular favorite is the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, which has received $35 million in gifts since 2005 ($10 million to endow the director’s position, $15 million for a new Ocean Hall and $10 million to establish the Sant Chair in Marine Science).The National Gallery of Art, where Vicki Sant serves as president, has long been a recipient of the couple’s ample largess. In March, they joined two additional donors, Mitchell Rales and David Rubenstein, to underwrite a $30 million renovation of the East Building. One of their most popular gifts in recent years was an $800,000 donation to bring two new Chinese pandas to the National Zoo. FREDRICKANDKARENSCHAUFELD It’s no surprise that Fight for Children’s $2 million fundraising record-breaker was due in significant part to self-made millionaires. The Schaufelds founded NEW Customer Service Companies in a studio apartment in Washington in 1983, growing it into NEWAsurion, a consumer product protection service that employs 11,000 and enjoys a market capitalization in the billions. In addition to raising $400,000 for Fight for Children, the Schaufelds also support Venture Philanthropy Partners efforts in the areas of education, poverty, healthcare and the environment. Karen


Bob and Paula Hisaoka

is also a co-founder of All Ages Read Together and 100 Women Strong, a grant-making organization that has doled out $450,000 to battered women’s shelters and health programs in Loudoun County and other locations. VICTORSHARGAI The “Godfather of Washington Theater” may be more famous for tender ministrations to the local performing arts scene than the sumptuous interior designs he crafts for his rich and famous clients. While he scores major points as the longtime behind-the-scenes consigliere to the late Gilbert and Jaylee Mead, whose multmillion-dollar gifts helped transform Washington into one of the nation’s leading cultural centers, Shargai has been generous with his own money and time as well. He is always front and center at Theater Washington’s Helen Hayes Awards (a special favorite) and productions of the Signature, Shakespeare, Forum and Studio theaters as well as the Washington Ballet and City Dance. “I get immense pleasure from giving and seeing results,” he says of his particular generosity to new and struggling companies.“Helping a small

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group with $2,500 is the same as giving $25,000 to a larger one.” DOUGLASANDGABRIELASMITH As the parents of three, Douglas and Gabriela Smith are intimately familiar with the needs of children, and through their Amanter Social Ventures and Amanter Fund, they have been able to launch several scholarship and educational programs for local youth that focus on health and nutrition. Gabriela Smith created Harvard University’s first international scholarship program to alleviate hunger and poverty in Argentina. The duo are founding investors of Venture Philanthropy Partners where Gabriela Smith has served as a board member since 2001. DANIELANDJANESOLOMON Daniel Solomon has devoted himself to improving the lives of District residents ever since he first moved to the city after college. From providing services to the homeless and low-income families through his work for the family’s Naomi & Nehemiah Cohen Foundation to raising more than $1 million


for the Tzadec program of The Jewish Funds for Justice to help strengthen Jewish social justice organizations, he has been an advocate for the District’s most vulnerable communities. As a founder and board member of DCVote, Solomon has been instrumental in using his connections from his days at the Department of Labor to forge support for local voting rights. Jane pursues her interest in environmental issues including Bonobo Conservation, a group that works to preserve the Bonobo apes and their rainforest habitats. EARLSTAFFORD Earl Stafford’s life has been dedicated to service, first with a distinguished 20-year career in the Air Force and now as a dedicated philanthropist looking out for the underprivileged. Through his faith-based Stafford Foundation, he has pledged more than $1 million to nonprofit groups focusing on helping all people become self-reliant. Stafford may be best known for The People’s Inaugural Project, which brought more than 400 disadvantaged citizens to Washington to witness President Obama’s inauguration and his Doing Good campaign with Bill Cosby, an effort to motivate others to “do good.” ANNIETOTAH Totah is often spotted at the District’s many charitable functions, likely because she is involved in so many of them. Most of her charitable giving has centered on her Armenian/Jewish heritage. She and late husband Sami were instrumental in growing the Magen David Sephardic Congregation in the greater metro area, as well as raising billions for Armenian causes. She’s a major champion of the arts, especially the Washington Performing Arts Society,Washington Ballet, Strathmore Performing Arts Center,Young Concert Artists and the Phillips Collection. A breast cancer survivor, she is also a founding member of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s ambassadors program, a major source of funding for the pink-ribbon crusader. REGGIEVANLEE This numbers whiz with degrees from M.I.T. and Harvard leads Booz Allen Hamilton’s commercial business as executive vice president, and divides his philanthropic time between Washington and New York City. There really


isn’t much in the way of philanthropy that he hasn’t touched, whether it’s the arts, health or culture. As head of Washington Performing Arts Society’s board, he’s brought in new partnerships with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Howard Theatre, and helped fund scholarships for summer camps and jazz and gospel programs. He also gave $1 million to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and helped oversee Howard Theatre’s $29 million renovation. Lee is also a supporter of Fight for Children, the Washington Ballet and Habitat for Humanity. ALANANDIRENEWURTZEL Any businessman knows that success requires a bit of luck, and Alan Wurtzel

would probably be the first say that his lucky streak hit in 2000 when he sold all of his Circuit City Stock — thus allowing him to avoid the major losses that resulted when the company filed for bankruptcy. Since his retirement from the company, he has dedicated himself to higher education by serving as a trustee of Virginia Commonwealth University, and a member of Virginia’s state board of education and the council for higher education. Currently, Wurtzel is working on expansion and investment plans for the Phillips Collection. He recently wrote a book describing how he took Circuit City from a small “mom and pop” store to one of the nation’s largest electronic and appliance retailers.

FC Stats: The Foundation Center’s Statistical Information Service (



Total Giving2

Fiscal Date

1. The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region




2. The Freedom Forum Inc.




3. New Mighty Foundation




4. Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation




5. Public Welfare Foundation Inc.




6. The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation




7. The Wyss Foundation




8. HJW Foundation




9. The Gottesman Fund




10. Searle Freedom Trust




11. Wallace Global Fund II




12. Moriah Fund




13. The Wyss Peace Foundation Inc.




14. Wallace Genetic Foundation Inc.




15. Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation




16. The Summit Foundation




17. Bauman Family Foundation Inc.




18. Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust




19. Philip L. Graham Fund




20. The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Inc.




Source: The Foundation Center, 2013 1IN=Independent Foundation; CM=Community Foundation; CS=Corporate Foundation; OP=Operating Foundation 2Includes grants, scholarships, and employee matching gifts; excludes set-asides, loans, PRIs and program expenses. Copyright © 2013, The Foundation Center. All rights reserved. Permission to use, copy, and/or distribute this document in whole or in part for internal, noncommercial purposes without fee is hereby granted provided that this notice and appropriate credit to the Foundation Center is included in all copies. All references to data contained in this document must also credit theFoundation Center. No other reproduction, republishing, or dissemination in any manner of form is permitted without prior written consent from the Foundation Center. Requests for written consent should be submitted to the Foundation Centers Research Department.


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