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It is well known that Jews support the Jewish community as well as other Jews in need. However, Jews always help the broader community in which they live.




Colin Powell general and Secretary of state

From his book, “It worked for me”

“The most influential people in my life will never show up on a Google search….There was my first boss, the immigrant Russian Jewish toy store owner. “Finish your education, Colin,” he told me. “Your future is not to work at my store.”

Sheldon Gary Adelson 

Sheldon Gary Adelson was an American businessman,

 investor, political donor and philanthropist. He was the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which owns the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and the parent company of Venetian Macao Limited, which operates The Venetian Las Vegas and the Sands Expo and Convention Center..

Adelson donated over $25 million to The Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas to build a high school.

Charles Adler Jr. is credited with over sixty patented inventions in the field of vehicular safety, some of which he transferred to the government.

His motto was “If they can save lives, I want everyone to have them.” Adler often donated his patents to the government free of charge so that they could be publicly used and help more people.

Max Adler

Max Adler donated the first American Planetarium to the city of Chicago

Herb Alpert

In the 1980s Alpert created The Herb Alpert Foundation and the Alpert Awards in the Arts with The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). The Foundation supports youth and arts education as well as environmental issues and helps fund the PBS series Bill Moyers on Faith and Reason and later Moyers & Company. Alpert and his wife donated $30 million to University of California, Los Angeles in 2007, to form and endow the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music as part of the restructured UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. He gave $24 million, which included $15 million from April 2008, to CalArts for its music curricula, and provided funding for the culture jamming activists The Yes Men. In 2012, the Foundation gave a grant of more than $5 million to the Harlem School of the Arts, which allowed the school to retire its debt, restore its endowment, and create a scholarship program for needy students; in 2013, the school's building was renamed the Herb Alpert Center. In 2016, his foundation also made a $10.1 million donation to Los Angeles City College that will provide all music majors at the school with a tuition-free education, beginning in fall of 2017. This was the largest gift to an individual community college in the history of Southern California, and the second-largest gift in the history of the state. In 2020, Alpert bestowed an additional $9.7 million on the Harlem School of the Arts to upgrade its facility. With his siblings he founded the Louis and Tillie Alpert Music Center in Jerusalem, which brings together both Arab and Jewish Students.

Walter Hubert Annenberg  established the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. In 1993, he donated a 100 million dollar check to The Peddie School, the largest donation ever to a school when accounting for inflation. He became a champion of public television.

Steven Anthony Ballmer served as the chief executive officer of Microsoft from 2000 to 2014. He is the current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

On November 12, 2014, it was announced that Ballmer and his wife Connie donated $50 million to the University of Oregon. Connie Ballmer is a University of Oregon alumna and previously served on the institution's board of trustees. The funds will go towards the university's $2 billion fundraising effort, and will focus towards scholarships, public health research and advocacy, and external branding/communications.

On November 13, 2014, it was announced that Ballmer would provide a gift, estimated at $60 million, to Harvard University's computer science department. The gift would allow the department to hire new faculty, and hopefully increase the national stature of the program. Ballmer previously donated $10 million to the same department in 1994, in a joint-gift with Bill Gates.

Louis Bamberger

Louis Bamberger established the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton

Stephen Davison Bechtel Jr. 

Stephen Davison Bechtel Jr.  was an American

billionaire, businessman, civil engineer, and co-owner of the Bechtel Corporation. He was the son of Stephen Davison Bechtel Sr. and grandson of Warren A. Bechtel, who founded the Bechtel Corporation. 

Bechtel was a contributor to many environmental causes. He created a foundation in 1957 to support these cases. The foundation contributed $50 million to create a National Scout Reserve in southern West Virginia, which is now the home of the national boy scout jamboree. The foundation contributed $25 million to renovate the Presidio of San Francisco. The S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation and the Stephen Bechtel Fund support many non-profit groups, especially in the San Francisco Bay area.

Nicolas Berggruen is a US-based billionaire investor and philanthropist. Born in Paris, France, he is a dual American and German[3] citizen.[4] He is the founder and president of Berggruen Holdings, a private investment company.

Berggruen has committed to giving the majority of his wealth through the Nicolas Berggruen Charitable Trust.[47]

In 2010, he joined Bill Gates and Warren Buffet's The Giving Pledge to address some of society’s most pressing problems.[48]

In 2012, through Berggruen Holdings, Berggruen was a primary investor and developer in Newark, New Jersey's Teachers Village. Designed by Richard Meier, the project revitalized five blocks of downtown Newark.

In 2013, Berggruen Holdings invested in the East Africa Exchange, a privately funded regional, agricultural commodities exchange in East Africa. The exchange aims to increase regional market efficiency and ensure higher incomes for farmers, especially smallholder farmers. Berggruen said, "Agriculture is key to Africa's prosperity, and so aiding the flow of information and finance within the agricultural sector will be especially helpful." Additionally, Berggruen Holdings, Heirs Holdings, and 50 Ventures partnered to form Africa Exchange Holdings, Ltd (AFEX), to develop a network of commodity exchanges to transform trade dynamics and ensure higher incomes for the rural poor.

In 2016, Nicolas endowed the Berggruen Institute of Governance with US$500 million.


Emile Berliner

Besides being an inventor, Berliner advocated for Pasteurization of milk.

Michael "Mike" Rubens Bloomberg

In August 2010, Bloomberg signed The Giving Pledge, whereby the wealthy pledge to give away at least half of their wealth. Since then, he has given away $9.5 billion overall including $3.3 billion in 2019. According to Chronicle of Philanthropy, he gave away the most money of any philanthropist in 2019

2011 recipients included the Campaign for Tobacco-Free KidsCenters for Disease Control and PreventionJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthWorld Lung Foundation and the World Health Organization. According to The New York Times, Bloomberg was an "anonymous donor" to the Carnegie Corporation from 2001 to 2010, with gifts ranging from $5 million to $20 million each year.[184] The Carnegie Corporation distributed these contributions to hundreds of New York City organizations ranging from the Dance Theatre of Harlem to Gilda's Club, a non-profit organization that provides support to people and families living with cancer. He continues to support the arts through his foundation.

Bloomberg gave $254 million in 2009 to almost 1,400 nonprofit organizations, saying, "I am a big believer in giving it all away and have always said that the best financial planning ends with bouncing the check to the undertaker.

COVID-19 response

During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, Bloomberg through his foundation committed to a wide range of urgent causes including researching treatments and vaccines, leading contact tracing to root out the virus, supporting the World Health Organization, and funding global efforts to fight the spread of the disease and protect vulnerable populations. Action included:

·         Cofounding a $75 million fund for nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 in New York City

·         Donating $6 million to World Central Kitchen to serve meals to health care workers in New York City. Partnering with Johns Hopkins University to train COVID-19 contact tracers through its school of public health and search for a treatment of the virus.[189][190]

·         Convening mayors through a partnership with Harvard College to learn and discuss their pandemic response, featuring a bipartisan roster of speakers and attendees.


·         Leading New York's contact tracing effort

·         Launching an information and action sharing network for cities through the National League of Cities

·         Supporting international efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 and prepare regional leaders through the International Rescue Committee, the World Health Organization, Vital Strategies and other partners.

Bloomberg is an environmentalist. In July 2011, Bloomberg Philanthropies donated $50 million to Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign, allowing the campaign to expand its efforts to shut down coal-fired power plants from 15 states to 45 states.[198][199] In 2015, Bloomberg announced an additional $30 million contribution to the Beyond Coal initiative, matched with another $30 million by other donors, to help secure the retirement of half of America's fleet of coal plants by 2017.[200] In July 2017, Europe Beyond Coal was established to phase out use of coal on the continent by 2030.[201] Austria closed its final coal-fired plant in April 2020.[202] In early June 2019, Bloomberg pledged $500 million to reduce climate impacts and shut remaining coal-fired power plants by 2030 via the new Beyond Carbon initiative.

Bloomberg Philanthropies awarded a $6 million grant to the Environmental Defense Fund in support of strict regulations on fracking in the 14 states with the heaviest natural gas production.

In 2013, Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies launched the Risky Business initiative with former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer. The joint effort worked to convince the business community of the need for more sustainable energy and development policies, by quantifying and publicizing the economic risks the United States faces from the impact of climate change.[206] In January 2015, Bloomberg led Bloomberg Philanthropies in a $48-million partnership with the Heising-Simons family to launch the Clean Energy Initiative. The initiative supports state-based solutions aimed at ensuring America has a clean, reliable, and affordable energy system.

As of 2019, Bloomberg has given more than $3.3 billion to Johns Hopkins University, his alma mater,[239] making him "the most generous living donor to any education institution in the United States

Bloomberg's contributions to Johns Hopkins "fueled major improvements in the university's reputation and rankings, its competitiveness for faculty and students, and the appearance of its campus,"[240] and included construction of a children's hospital (the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center Building, named after Bloomberg's mother); a physics building, a school of public health (the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), libraries, and biomedical research facilities,[240] including the Institute for Cell Engineering, a stem-cell research institute within the School of Medicine, and the Malaria Research Institute within the School of Public Health.[240][241] In 2013, Bloomberg committed $350 million to Johns Hopkins, five-sevenths of which were allocated to the Bloomberg Distinguished Professorships, endowing 50 Bloomberg Distinguished Professors (BDPs) whose interdisciplinary expertise crosses traditional academic disciplines.[241] In 2016, on the School of Public Health's centennial, Bloomberg Philanthropies contributed $300 million to establish the Bloomberg American Health Initiative.[242] Bloomberg also funded the launch of the Bloomberg–Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy within the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in East Baltimore, with a $50 million gift; an additional $50 million was given by philanthropist Sidney Kimmel, and $25 million by other donors. It will support cancer therapy research, technology and infrastructure development, and private sector partnerships.[246] In 2016, Bloomberg joined Vice President Joe Biden for the institute's formal launch, embracing Biden's "Cancer Moonshot" initiative, which seeks to find a cure for cancer through national coordination of government and private sector resources.[243] In 2018, Bloomberg contributed a further gift of $1.8 billion to Johns Hopkins, allowing the university to practice need-blind admission and meet the full financial need of admitted students.

Other educational and research philanthropy

Through Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bloomberg established the American Talent Initiative in 2016 which is committed to increasing the number of lower-income high-achieving students attending elite college. Bloomberg Philanthropies also supports CollegePoint which has provided advising to lower- and moderate-income high school students since 2014.

In 2016, the Museum of Science, Boston announced a $50 million gift from Bloomberg.[250] The donation marks Bloomberg's fourth gift to the museum, which he credits with sparking his intellectual curiosity as a patron and student during his youth in Medford, Massachusetts.[251] The endowment supported the museum's education division, named the William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center in honor of Bloomberg's parents. It is the largest donation in the museum's 186-year history.

In 2015, Bloomberg donated $100 million to Cornell Tech, the applied sciences graduate school of Cornell University, to construct the first academic building, "The Bloomberg Center", on the school's Roosevelt Island campus.

In 1996, Bloomberg endowed the William Henry Bloomberg Professorship at Harvard University with a $3 million gift in honor of his father, who died in 1963, saying, "throughout his life, he recognized the importance of reaching out to the nonprofit sector to help better the welfare of the entire community."

Urban innovation philanthropy

In July 2011, Bloomberg launched a $24 million initiative to fund "Innovation Delivery Teams" in five cities. The teams are one of Bloomberg Philanthropies' key goals: advancing government innovation.[256] In December 2011, Bloomberg Philanthropies launched a partnership with online ticket search engine SeatGeek to connect artists with new audiences. Called the Discover New York Arts Project, the project includes organizations HERE, New York Theatre Workshop, and the Kaufman Center.

In 2013, Bloomberg announced the Mayors Challenge competition to drive innovation in American cities. The program was later expanded to competitions in Latin America and Europe.

In 2016, Bloomberg gave Harvard $32 million to create the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative within Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation; the initiative provides training to mayors and their aides on innovative municipal leadership and challenges facing cities.[260][261][262][263]

In March 2021, Bloomberg gave Harvard $150 million to create the Bloomberg Center for Cities to support mayors.

Bloomberg has donated close to $1 billion to the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote anti-smoking efforts, including $125 million in 2006, $250 million in 2008, and $360 million, making Bloomberg Philanthropies the developing world's biggest funder of tobacco-control initiatives.[266] In 2013, it was reported that Bloomberg had donated $109.24 million in 556 grants and 61 countries to campaigns against tobacco.[267] Bloomberg's contributions are aimed at "getting countries to monitor tobacco use, introduce strong tobacco-control laws, and create mass media campaigns to educate the public about the dangers of tobacco use."

Other philanthropy

Through Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bloomberg supported the Fresh Air Fund's creation of 'Open Spaces in the City' in summer 2020 to provide socially-distant areas for kids to play during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as jobs for local teens.

The public library in Bloomberg's hometown of Medford announced in August 2020 that Bloomberg had donated $3 million to the construction of a new facility, citing his family's long-standing ties to the library.

In 2017, Bloomberg donated $75 million for The Shed, a new arts and cultural center in Hudson Yards, Manhattan.

August Bondi

August Bondi, a Viennese immigrant, married Henrietta Einstein, and their home in tiny Greeley, Kansas became one of the only Jewish stops on the Underground Railroad. But Bondi didn’t stay home for long. He joined the Union army in 1861, and served for 37 months.


Donald Leroy Bren is an American businessman who is chairman and owner of the Irvine Company, a US real estate development company

In 2008, BusinessWeek named Bren one of the top ten philanthropists in the nation, with his contributions to various causes such as education, conservation and research among other areas exceeding $1 billion.

Bren has donated more than $200 million to support programs in K-12 public schools and higher education institutions in Southern California

Many of Bren's contributions have benefited the University of California, IrvineUniversity of California, Santa Barbara, and Chapman University. At UC Irvine, the Bren Events Center, the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences and the recently built Donald Bren Hall. are named after him, honoring his patronage of the school. Additionally, UC Santa Barbara named Bren Hall and the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, a graduate school, after him as well.

In August 2007, Bren pledged $20 million to the recently established UC Irvine School of Law. The purpose of the gift was to establish an endowment to help recruit and support a nationally recognized dean and 11 distinguished law scholars, and also to provide the dean with discretionary start-up funding

As a trustee at the California Institute of Technology, Bren supported new faculty as Bren Scholars and endowed five Bren Professorships.

Sir Leonard Valentinovich Blavatnik 

Sir Leonard Valentinovich Blavatnik is an American-British businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He made his fortune through business via diversified investments in myriad companies through his conglomerate company, Access Industries.


Blavatnik, the Blavatnik Family Foundation and Access companies have supported many cultural and philanthropic institutions over the past 15 years, including serving as the primary benefactors for numerous major art and cultural exhibitions, including the British Museum, Tate Modern, Royal Opera House, National Portrait Gallery and Museum of Modern Art.

Since 2007, the Blavatnik Family Foundation together with the New York Academy of Sciences has supported the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists.

In 2010, it was announced that Blavatnik and the Blavatnik Family Foundation would donate £75 million to the University of Oxford to establish a new school of government.

In 2013, Harvard University announced a $50 million donation from Blavatnik's foundation to sponsor life sciences entrepreneurship at the university. In 2018, Harvard Medical School announced a $200 million donation from Blavatnik's foundation to sponsor research, investments in data science, and the creation of subsidized lab space for biotech startups.


Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin is cofounder of google.Brin's mother, Eugenia, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. In 2008, he made a donation to the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where his mother is being treated.

Brin and Wojcicki, although divorced, still jointly run The Brin Wojcicki Foundation. They have donated extensively to The Michael J. Fox Foundation and in 2009 gave $1 million to support the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.

Eli Broad 


Eli Broad was an American businessman and philanthropist. He was associated with Kaufman & Broad and Sun America Insurance Company.

Eli and Edythe Broad created The Broad Foundations, which include The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and The Broad Art Foundation. These organizations have assets of $2.5 billion.

In the same year as its founding in 2010, the Broads signed onto The Giving Pledge, a commitment for wealthy individuals to give at least half of their wealth to charity.[20] The Broads personally committed to giving 75% of their wealth away.[21] As of October 2017, the Broads had given more than $4 billion to support K-12 public schools, advance scientific and medical research, and bring contemporary art to as wide an audience as possible.


The stated mission of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation's education work is to expand learning opportunities to students from underserved communities so they can reach their full potential.[24] The Foundation has made $650 million in grants since it launched in 1999.[25] In 2001, Broad founded The Broad Center, a nonprofit focused on developing school system leaders.


 In 2012, the Foundation launched The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools, which awarded $250,000 to the top charter management organization in the country. Over the course of 17 years, prize money totaling nearly $18 million went to support college scholarships and college readiness programs.


In total, the Broads have pledged roughly $1 billion to Los Angeles art institutions.

In 2008, The Broad Foundation donated $30 million to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

In 2003, The Broad Foundation gave $60 million to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)museum as part of its renovation campaign to create the Broad Contemporary Art Museum and for an art acquisition fund.[36]

The Broads donated $6 million to the Los Angeles Opera to bring Richard Wagner's opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen to Los Angeles for the 2009–10 season.[37] In June 2013, the Broads gave $7 million to continue funding the Eli and Edythe Broad general director at L.A. Opera, a position occupied by Plácido Domingo until his resignation from the post in 2019.

The Broads contributed $10 million in 2008 for a programming endowment for a music and performing arts center at Santa Monica College,


Ben Burns


Ebony Magazine

At the height of segregation after World War II, it would have been difficult at best for an African-American journalist to get a job in white America.

But Ben Burns crossed that barrier, but in the other direction.

Mr. Burns, who was white and Jewish, made a 30-year career in black journalism, helping found Ebony magazine and editing both the Chicago Defender and Sepia magazine.

He died at 86 on Saturday, Jan. 29, in Atlantis, Fla., having suffered from heart disease in his final years, his family said.

In the 1940s and 1950s, at a time when color was everything, Mr. Burns joined black journalism because he had been branded a Red for having joined the Communist Party in college during the Great Depression.

"I think I must be the only journalist who ever worked not just on the Daily Worker, but all three of the country's communist newspapers," Mr. Burns told the Tribune in a 1997 interview.

He later remarked that in those days, the relationship to communism carried as much of a stigma as having African heritage. "With credentials like that, I knew it wouldn't do much good to apply at The Wall Street Journal," he said.

With his wife pregnant and the left-wing publication he was working for in San Francisco folding, Mr. Burns returned to his native Chicago and accepted a house painting job from his father. But he soon received additional work doing public relations for a local black politician, which in turn got him referred to the Defender.

"Once he got into it, he learned everything," said his daughter, Barbara Radin. "He was a very voracious reader. He studied everything."

And he saved much of it, said Michael Flug, archivist for the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature at the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library on the South Side. From the early 1980s until just a few months ago, Mr. Burns donated carloads of research materials to the collection.

"They total almost 200 document cases of materials," said Flug. The boxes contained newspaper clippings, rare photographs, correspondence and pamphlets. "Everything he had collected for the magazines and publications for which he worked."

"It's one of the best sources of the history of black journalism that we own. To historians, it was a gold mine," Flug said.

Mr. Burns served as national editor of the Defender from 1942 to 1946 and returned in 1962 as editor in chief. He brought out the first issue of Negro Digest and helped launch Ebony in 1945.

The concept for Ebony arose, Mr. Burns recalled, in the midst of his moonlighting as a press aide. He had met John H. Johnson, a young political assistant with an idea for a black equivalent of Life magazine. While Johnson raised the money to fund the publication, it fell on Mr. Burns to put the fledgling magazine together.

"I laid out the first issue on (my) kitchen table in our apartment on Jackson Boulevard," Mr. Burns said.

But in 1954, Mr. Burns was fired. In his letter of dismissal, Johnson said Mr. Burns had allowed too many sensational stories to get into the magazine. Mr. Burns denied the claim.

He finished his career as the editor of a rival publication, Sepia magazine, where he stayed until 1977.

In his later years, Mr. Burns returned to public relations and wrote an autobiography in 1996 called "Nitty Gritty: A White Editor in Black Journalism." In 1997, the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, his alma mater, named him among 75 alumni to the school's Hall of Achievement.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Burns is survived by his wife, Esther; two sons, Richard and Stephen; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service has not yet been planned.

Sir Ernest Cassel

Sir Ernest Cassel gave 200,000 British pounds to establish the Anglo-German Institute for the promotion of German studies in England, and English Studies in Germany.

Chrysanthemum Joe” Choynski

How a White Jewish Boxer Made African-American Sports History


\He’s not a household name anymore, but in 1908, John Arthur “Jack” Johnson of Galveston, Texas, became the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world. And to whom did he credit his success? Why that would be “Chrysanthemum Joe” Choynski, the son of Jewish immigrants from London and Grudziadz, Poland.

Choynski was hired to fight Johnson in Galveston seven years prior to winning the title in an exhibition match held on the island as a sort of morale booster after the Great Hurricane of 1900. Choynski, the more experienced contender from San Francisco, knocked out the novice Jackson in the third round, in a damp and roofless Jewish community center called Harmony Hall.

At the end of the bout, both men were arrested and escorted to jail because prizefighting was illegal in Texas. While waiting for the grand jury to decide if they should be indicted for committing an actionable offense, Choynski instructed Jackson in the fine art of “stick and move.” After 24 days of sharing a jail cell and fighting tips, both men were released.

Following his retirement from the “fight game,” Choynski settled in Cincinnati where he became a chiropractor. He was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.

Steven A. Cohen 

Steven A. Cohen is an American hedge fund manager and owner of the New York Mets of Major League Baseball.

Cohen has given $715 million to philanthropic causes throughout his life, including to charitable causes relating to veterans and children's health.

Via, the In 2014, the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation provided funding, via the New York University Langone Center, for the study of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. The foundation gave a grant in excess of $100,000 to the Bruce Museum of Arts and Science in 2014.[47] In 2019, the foundation contributed $50 million of the more than $400 million raised for the New York Museum of Modern Art. The museum announced in 2017 that MoMA's largest contiguous gallery will be called the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Center for Special Exhibitions.

In April 2016, Cohen announced the creation and a commitment of $275 million to the Cohen Veterans Network. The CVN's goal is to establish mental health centers for veterans and their families throughout the U.S.

Cohen Veterans Bioscience, also funded by Cohen, conducts research into the effects of posttraumatic stress disorder on combat veterans.

Myron Cope

Myron Sidney Kopelman was a very successful sportswriter and radio & Television announcer. He became the first pro football announcer elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame. Myron’s son suffered from severe autism, and spent his entire life at the Allegheny Valley School which provides care for people with intellectual and physical disabilities, Cope played a large role in the invention of the Terrible Towel which inspires Steeler fans all over the world. Cope gave the rights to The Terrible Towel to the Allegheny Valley School and the proceeds from the towel have exceeded $3 million.

Co-founded the Myron Cope/Foge Fazio Golf Tournament for Autistic Children

Cope sat on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is a vintage motor sports car race which since 1983 has donated over $5.9 million to autistic and developmentally disabled individuals throughout the Pittsburgh region.

Adolphe Cremieux

Adolphe Cremieux procured abolition of capital punishment for political offences in France.

Lester Crown

Lester Crown donated the initial $10 million gift that started the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University in 2005

Mark Cuban 

Mark Cuban is an American billionaire entrepreneur, television personality, and media proprietor

In 2003, Cuban founded the Fallen Patriot Fund to help families of U.S. military personnel killed or injured during the Iraq War.[189]

In June 2015, Cuban made a $5 million donation to Indiana University at Bloomington for the "Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology", which was built inside Assembly Hall, the school's basketball arena.

In 2020, Cuban picked up homeless former NBA player Delonte West from a gas station in Dallas. Cuban paid for a hotel room for West along with his treatment at a drug rehabilitation center.

Marvin H. Davis (Davis Oil)

Davis was a long-time philanthropist, especially for medical research. A research building at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is named for him. The Davis's daughter Dana is a diabetic, and they founded the Children's Diabetes Foundation which hosts the biannual Carousel of Hope ball to raise money for juvenile diabetes.

Dana Davis, (Davis Oil)

Dana Davis is a Type 1 diabetic, and an active philanthropist with a focus on diabetes. She began her career as an elementary school teacher but was forced to retire due to diabetes-related foot problems which required eight separate surgeries. Unhappy with the stylishly poor selection of shoes available for people with foot problems, she developed her own line of footwear, Dana Davis Shoes, which meshed the required comfort levels with high fashion. She is now the executive director of the Children's Diabetes Foundation

Michael Saul Dell is the founder, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, one of the world's largest technology infrastructure companies.

In 1999, Michael and Susan Dell established the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, which focuses on, among other causes, grants, urban education, childhood health and family economic stability. In 2006, the foundation provided $50 million in grants to three health-related organizations associated with the University of Texas: the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living, the Dell Pediatric Research Institute to complement the Dell Children's Medical Center, as well as funding for a new computer science building at the University of Texas at Austin campus.[43] In 2013, the foundation provided an additional $50 million commitment to establish the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.[44] Since 1999, the MSDF has committed $1.23 billion to non-profits and social enterprises in the United States, India and South Africa.

In 2012, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation committed $50 million for medical education. The Dell Medical School began enrolling students in 2016.

In 2017, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Dell, a Houston native, pledged $36 million to relief efforts.

In May 2017, Dell donated $1 billion to his foundation, which focuses on child poverty; it makes both impact investments and charitable donations.

Kirk Douglas

Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch in 1916 in the upstate New York town of Amsterdam, the son of an illiterate Russian-Jewish immigrant who supported his family as a rag picker and junk man.

Along with his wife, Douglas has given over $100 million to charitable causes in the United States and Israel. The couple have established close to 400 playgrounds in poorer sections of Los Angeles and Jerusalem, an Alzheimer’s hospital unit, and a theater facing the Western Wall featuring films on the history of Judaism and Jerusalem.


Stanley Freeman Druckenmiller 


Stanley Freeman Druckenmiller is an American investor, hedge fund manager and philanthropist. He is the former chairman and president of Duquesne Capital, which he founded in 1981.

In 2009, Druckenmiller was the most charitable man in America,[22] giving $705 million to foundations that support medical research, education, and anti-poverty, including a $100 million gift to found a Neuroscience Institute at the NYU School of Medicine.

Druckenmiller is also Chairman of the Board of Harlem Children's Zone, a multi-faceted, community-based project. Harlem Children's Zone was founded by Druckenmiller's college friend and fellow Bowdoin College alumnus Geoffrey Canada. In 2006, Druckenmiller gave $25 million to the organization. In 2013, Druckenmiller and Canada toured college campuses urging reform in taxation, health care, and Social Security to ensure intergenerational equity.

Druckenmiller and his wife are also principal sponsors of the New York City AIDS walk. The Stanley F. Druckenmiller Hall, built in 1997 at Bowdoin College, is named after Druckenmiller's grandfather and was dedicated to Bowdoin by Druckenmiller himself.


Lawrence Joseph Ellison


Ellison is an American businessman and investor who is the co-founder, executive chairman, chief technology officer (CTO) and former chief executive officer (CEO) of Oracle Corporation.


In 1992 Ellison shattered his elbow in a high-speed bicycle crash. After receiving treatment at University of California, Davis, Ellison donated $5 million to seed the Lawrence J. Ellison Musculo-Skeletal Research Center. In 1998, the Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center opened on the Sacramento campus of the UC Davis Medical Center.

In response to the September 11 terrorist attacks of 2001, Ellison made a controversial offer to donate software to the federal government.that would have enabled it to build and run a national identification database and to issue ID cards.

In May 2016 Ellison donated $200 million to the University of Southern California for establishing a cancer research center: the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC.

Albert Einstein

In 1946, history’s resident genius Albert Einstein was awarded an honorary degree by Lincoln University. After lecturing on physics during his speech, Einstein spoke out against some of the most pressing ills of American society. Calling racism a “disease of white people,” Einstein said he “did not intend to be quiet” about his opposition to segregation and racist public policies.


Though Einstein’s civil rights activist side might be little remembered today, it nevertheless was an essential part of his character (as was his Zionist activism). According to Einstein on Race and Racism, a 2006 book by Fred Jerome and Roger Taylor, Einstein went out of his way to form relationships with members of the black community.


For instance, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist was close friends with the singer-turned-activist Paul Robeson, and the two worked together on the American Crusade to End Lynching, a response to the uptick of the racially-motivated murders of black soldiers returning from war. In addition, Einstein testified as a character witness for the historian and activist W.E.B. Dubois when the co-founder of the NAACP was accused of “failing to register as a foreign agent.”


Benjamin Eisenstadt 

Eisenstadt devoted a part of his wealth to medical philanthropy. He became chairman of the board of the foundation for Maimonides Medical Center. During his 20-year tenure as a trustee and benefactor of this institution, he also served as secretary, and vice chairman of the board.

Leon Falk Jr.

Leon Falk, Jr. was a Weirton steel company executive and philanthropist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. and later became executive director of National Steel's executive committee.  Falk was involved in the founding of several arts and cultural institutions in the Pittsburgh area, notably the University of Pittsburgh's Falk Clinic, Falk Laboratory School, the Pittsburgh Playhouse, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and the Chancellors Residence for the University of Pittsburgh.

In December 1929, he and his uncle, Maurice Falk established the Maurice and Laura Falk Foundation, commonly known as the Falk Foundation, a $10 million trust fund established “for human welfare.” The foundation focused on contributing to economic research, and philanthropic work in the Pittsburgh community, particularly through the creation and early support of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C

The Falk Foundation under the direction of Phil Hallen(g) created what became the Emergency Medical Service worldwide.

At Syracuse University, Hallen found out that the local hospital provided a free room for anyone who would drive an ambulance. Driving the ambulance taught him that many people died before the ambulance could get them to the hospital.

Fast forward to Pittsburgh. The Hill district, a substantially black neighborhood, suffered from very high unemployment, and had no ambulance service. James McCoy Jr.(g) fouded Freedom House and intended to create a training program for truck drivers to ease the unemployment. Dr Peter Safar, the father of CPR,  had developed better emergency resuscitation techniques which he believed could be employed in the field. It all came together as a win-win-win. McCoy saw the job creation he wanted; Safar saw the opportunity for a field test of his emergency treatment ideas; and Hallen had a medical project for the foundation. Presbyterian Hospital agreed to be the Emergency Room for the Ambulance service, and the City of Pittsburgh donated the vehicles.

Almost half of the medical trainees did not even have a high school diploma. However, they were trained to provide the most crucial life saving techniques in a very demanding 9 month course. Dr. Nancy Lee Caroline supervised the training of the EMTs. She was the den Mother/ drill sergeant who cajoled and encouraged the trainees. She also wrote the paramedic curriculum for the US Department of Transportation.

Samuel Simeon Fels

Samuel Simeon Fels of the Fels Naptha soap company donated a Planetarium to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. He also founded the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government.

Edward Albert Filene

In 1921, Filene founded the Extension Bureau, to which he donated nearly $1 million during its 14-year history. It had four goals: to bring about the laws needed for credit union development in the various states, subsequently, to organize some credit unions in each state that could serve as examples to others, to expand the number of credit unions to the point that they could create self-sustaining state federations, and to combine the federations into a self-sustaining national association.

Filene hired Roy Bergengren, and their collaboration brought state laws to fruition in 26 states and substantially revised flawed legal frameworks in 5 others. In 1934 the Roosevelt Administration passed the Federal Credit Union Act, making it possible to form a credit union anywhere in the United States

Abraham Lincoln Filene

Filene had a keen interest in educational issues and in 1937 he and his wife established the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation which supported numerous educational endeavours including the "Lincoln Filene Center for Citizenship and Public Affairs" at Tufts University and in 1955 funded the first educational television station in the city of Boston.

Max Fisher

In Detroit, Fisher backed the $60 million Max. M. Fisher Music Center, which serves as the home for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and includes a public high school for the performing arts center called The Max. 

He also leveraged around $20 million to finance The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business for development of a new six-building business campus that opened in 1998. An additional pledge of $5 million was given to the Fisher College of Business in February 2005 to support Master of Business Administration programs.

Ben Fixman

Ben Fixman donated money to help buy Camp Sabra of the Jewish Community Centers Association, which was donated to the Catholic nuns who helped him when he was young. He donated to a Jesuit shelter for boys, and founded the Marilyn Fixman Cancer Center at Jewish Hospital in memory of his late wife, who died in 1980.

David Lawrence Geffen 

David Lawrence Geffen is an American business magnate, producer and film studio executive. Geffen co-created Asylum Records in 1971 with Elliot Roberts, Geffen Records in 1980, DGC Records in 1990, and DreamWorks SKG in 1994.

In 1995 he donated $5 million towards UCLA's Westwood Playhouse

In 2002, he announced a $200 million unrestricted endowment for the School of Medicine at UCLA. Along with Kenneth Langone's gift to New York University School of Medicine, Geffen's donation is the largest donation ever made to a medical school in the United States.[34][35] On December 13, 2012, UCLA announced that Geffen had donated another $100 million in addition to his 2002 donation of $200 million, making him the largest individual benefactor for the UC system

n 2015, Geffen pledged $100 million toward renovation of what was then called Avery Fisher Hall, part of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. His gift, which amounted to about 20% of the hall's renovation costs.

In December 2020, Geffen pledged to donate $46 million to the UCLA medical school.

In June 2021, Geffen gave $150 million to the Yale School of Drama. This gift allowed the drama school to eliminate tuition for all students enrolled in masters, doctoral, and certificate programs.

In September 2021, Columbia Business School dean announced that David Geffen has made a landmark gift of $75 million to support the School's new facilities in the Manhattanville neighborhood, north of Columbia's main campus. In recognition of his generosity, the East Building will be renamed David Geffen Hall when opened in 2022. Geffen Hall – a modern, glass-filled, eight-story structure – will house dedicated spaces for academic programming.

In 2015, Geffen pledged $100 . New York. His gift, which amounted to about 20% of the hall's renovation costs, gave him naming rights in perpetuity over the building, now known as David Geffen Hall.[37]

In December 2020, Geffen pledged to donate $46 million to the UCLA medical school, which is named after him.[38]

In June 2021, Geffen gave $150 million to the Yale School of Drama. This gift allowed the drama school to eliminate tuition for all students enrolled in masters, doctoral, and certificate programs. The school was renamed the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University.[39]

In September 2021, Columbia Business School dean announced that David Geffen has made a landmark gift of $75 million to support the School's new facilities in the Manhattanville neighborhood, north of Columbia's main campus.

Malcolm Irving Glazer 

Malcolm Irving Glazer was an American businessman and sports team owner. He was the president and chief executive officer of First Allied Corporation, a holding company for his varied business interests, and owned both Manchester United of the Premier League and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.

He launched the Glazer Family Foundation in 1999, which is dedicated to assisting charitable and educational causes in the Tampa Bay community. During its existence, the foundation has donated millions in programs, tickets, grants and in-kind contributions. The foundation donated $5 million toward the construction of the Glazer Children's Museum in downtown Tampa, which opened on September 25, 2010.

Glazer also oversaw the operations of the far-reaching Glazer Family Foundation's Vision Program, created in 2006 to provide school children with an opportunity to have vision problems identified in schools at an early age. The initiative, highlighted by the Vision Mobile, visits schools and provides eye examinations to thousands of disadvantaged children.

Glazer's charitable activities also included the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, an organization that promotes amateur sports activities. Glazer committed $2 million to the Commission.





Harriet Glickman

The Jewish Schoolteacher Behind the First Black ‘Peanuts’ Character


In April 1968, a Jewish schoolteacher named Harriet Glickman sat down at her kitchen table and typed out a letter to the man behind America’s favorite cartoons: the Peanuts inventor, Charles Schulz. She told him how deeply the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had shaken her and that he had an utterly unique opportunity to help mend America’s divided society: by drawing a black friend into the beloved gang.

Schulz wrote back promptly that he loved the idea but was concerned that doing so would feel “patronizing” to African-Americans. But Glickman wouldn’t let it go. The daughter of Russian-Jewish immigrants who’d suffered from hatred, she felt activism was her duty. She had some of her black friends write to Schulz too, telling him that there was a real need for integration in pop culture.

Schulz was convinced and inspired. But some of his editors were not so pleased. At one point, Schulz threatened United Features president Larry Rutman, “Either you print it just the way I draw it or I quit. How’s that?”

And so it was that on July 31, 1968, Franklin Armstrong made his debut as the first minority character to ever appear in a mainstream comic strip. There was no fanfare – he just walked up to Charlie Brown on the beach and asked, “Is this your beach ball?”      

A friendly new buddy in an old gang of friends. That’s what America, and the Peanuts, needed to see.

Benjamin Goldsmid


In London, Benjamin Goldsmidwas primarily responsible for the foundation of the Naval Asylum, which first cared for orphans of sailors who died in British wars.


Sir Isaac Lyon Goldsmid


Sir Isaac Lyon Goldsmid was one of the founders of University College Hospital and the North London Hospital.

Lewis Gompertz


In 1824, Lewis Gompertz wrote a paper which greatly influenced the creation of the London SPCA. Religious persecution forced him to resign his relationship with the SPCA. He formed Animal Friends which greatly outstripped the SPCA. In 1846, ill health forced him to retire, and Animal Friends was disbanded.


Bernard Marshall Gordon  "the father of high-speed analog-to-digital conversion"

To encourage greater leadership capabilities in engineers, he established the Gordon Institute, a graduate-level program for career engineers located in Wakefield, Massachusetts. In 1992, Gordon allied his Gordon Institute with the Tufts University College of Engineering in nearby Medford, Massachusetts.

In 2002, he established The Gordon Center for systems engineering as part of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. Its post-graduate program (Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering) has produced hundreds of graduates.

In 2007, Gordon provided a $20 million gift (with a matching requirement) to establish the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership (GEL) Program, in part to create a national model for preparing the engineering leaders of the 21st century.

In 2009, Gordon established the Gordon Institute for Engineering Leadership at Northeastern University through a $40 million grant. 

Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology,$500,000, was inaugurated in 2001 by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE

Gordon and his wife, Sofia, also provided substantial funding to Brigham and Women's Hospital , Boston; Lahey Clinic (now Lahey Hospital and Medical Center), Burlington, Massachusetts, Salem State University, Salem, Massachusetts, and the Boston Museum of Science.

Tom Gores (born Tewfiq Georgious) is an American businessman and investor. He is the founder of Platinum Equity, a private equity firm with headquarters in Beverly HillsCalifornia. On June 1, 2011, Gores and Platinum Equity became the owners of the National Basketball Association's Detroit Pistons. He would later become sole owner of the team in 2015.

In 2016, Gores and his wife Holly donated $5 million to the Chilfren’s Hospital LA to establish the Gores Family Allergy center, which helps provide comprehensive care and research in allergy studies. In 2016, Gores launched FlintNOW, an organization designed to raise up to $10 million to provide relief to residents of Flint, Michigan affected by the city's water crisis. Since 2009, Gores has donated toys to children in Detroit and Flint through the Toys for Tots program. Other Detroit area organizations to which Gores has given substantial support include the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy and S.A.Y Detroit. At the conclusion of the Pistons 2018-2019 season he made a donation of $255,000 to S.A.Y Detroit which was the result of a pledge Gores made during the annual radiothon to donate $5,000 for every Pistons win during the regular season and a $50,000 bonus for making the Playoffs.




Simon and Hyman Gratz

Brothers Simon Gratz and Hyman Gratz inherited their father's business. Their store was at the Graff House (7th & Market) where Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence. Both Simon and Hyman Gratz were among the founders of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Hyman was one of the managers of the first Jewish Publication Society, founded by Reverend Isaac Leeser in 1845. The will of Hyman Gratz established a trust fund with the provision that after no descendants were living, the entire estate came into possession of Congregation Mikveh Israel "for a College for the Education of Jews." Gratz College, founded 1893, is now a separate institution in Melrose Park, Pennsylvania.

Rebecca Gratz

In 1801, at the age of 20, Rebecca Gratz helped establish the Female Association for the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances, which helped women whose families were suffering after the American Revolutionary War. In 1815, after seeing the need for an institution for orphans in Philadelphia, she was among those instrumental in founding the Philadelphia Orphan Asylum. 

Under Gratz' auspices, a Hebrew Sunday School, the first of its kind in America, was started in 1838. Gratz became both its superintendent and president and assisted in developing its curriculum, resigning in 1864.

Gratz was also one of the founding members of the Female Hebrew Benevolent Society in 1819. The social services organization was created by a group of women from Congregation Mikveh Israel to support Philadelphia's Jewish women who found themselves unexpectedly without a husband (whether by illness, death or greener pastures).

In 1850, she advocated for the foundation of a Jewish foster home. Her advocacy was largely instrumental in the establishment of such a home in 1855. Other organizations that came about due to her efforts were the Fuel Society and the Sewing Society.

Norman Granz


Norman Granz was an American jazz record producer and concert promoter. He founded the record labels ClefNorgran, Down Home, Verve and Pablo. Granz was acknowledged as "the most successful impresario in the history of jazz".[1] Granz is also known for his anti-racist position and for integrating audiences.

Many of the names that made history in jazz signed with one of Norman Granz's labels, including Louis ArmstrongElla FitzgeraldCount BasieLouie BellsonBenny CarterBuck ClaytonBuddy DeFrancoRoy EldridgeHerb EllisTal FarlowStan GetzDizzy GillespieLionel HamptonColeman HawkinsJohnny HodgesBillie HolidayIllinois JacquetHank JonesGene KrupaAnita O'Day (the first artist to sign with Verve), Charlie ParkerJoe PassOscar PetersonFlip PhillipsBud PowellBuddy RichSonny StittSlim GaillardArt TatumBen Webster and Lester Young

Opposing racism

Norman Granz opposed racism and fought many battles for his artists, many of whom were black. In 1955, in Houston, Texas, he removed signs that previously designated "White" and "Negro" restrooms, outside the auditorium where two concerts were to be performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie. Between the two shows, Ella and Dizzy and Illinois Jacquet were shooting small-stakes dice in the dressing room to kill time, when the local police barged in and arrested them. After some negotiations, the artists were allowed to perform the second show and later were formally released on $50 bail. Granz, incensed by the incident, insisted on successfully fighting the charges, which cost him over $2,000

Oscar Peterson recounted how Granz once insisted that white cabdrivers take his black artists as customers while a policeman pointed a loaded pistol at his stomach. Granz also was among the first to pay white and black artists the same salary and to give them equal treatment even in minor details, such as dressing rooms.

Granz also spearheaded the fight to desegregate the hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, arguing that it was unfair that black artists could perform on the stages, but could not stay or gamble at the hotels, or even enter through the front doors.




In 2005, Grove made the largest donation that the City College of New York (CUNY) has ever received. His grant of $26 million transformed the CCNY School of Engineering into the Grove School of Engineering.

Grove was also instrumental, as a key fundraiser, in establishing the University of California, San Francisco's Mission Bay Campus, the largest ongoing biomedical construction project in the world.[38] Chancellor Sam Hawgood said that Grove's "generous and tireless support of UCSF has transformed our university and helped accelerate our research into breakthrough treatments and better patient care."

he helped fund were the UCSF Prostate Cancer Center, the Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building, and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Grove was a longtime member of the International Rescue Committee. Grove encouraged the United States to be "vigilant as a nation to have tolerance for difference, a tolerance for new people." He pointed out that immigration and immigrants are what made America what it is.


Meyer Guggenheim


Meyer Guggenheim, a Swiss citizen of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, arrived in the United States in 1847. Over the next few decades, his several children and descendants became known for their global successes in mining and smelting businesses.


Family members became known for their philanthropy in diverse areas such as modern artaviation, and medicine. They donated funds to develop Guggenheim Museums, the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory, and the Guggenheim Pavilion at Mount Sinai Medical Center, designed by I. M. Pei in New York City.


John Simon Guggenheim


John Simon Guggenheim establish a $3 million foundation in his name to encourage post graduate research.


Dr. Armand Hammer

Dr. Armand Hammer chairman of the Board of Occidental Petroleum and a leading figure in trade between United States and USSR.


Irving Harris


Irving Harris contributed to programs for children and the arts such as the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Harris gave a donation that established The Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at The University of Chicago. Mr. Harris gave the lead gift in 1954 to create public television station 

WTTW in Chicago - His philanthropy created several non-profits in Chicago - Family Focus (with Bernice Weissbourd) and the Ounce of Prevention Fund are "children" of Irving Harris, as is Erikson Institute, the graduate school in child development he helped found in 1966.


Mark and Hart Hasten

They financially supported the Touro College and University System and New York Medical College.

Carl Celian Icahn  was one of the first activist shareholders and is credited with making that investment strategy mainstream for hedge funds.

Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island in New York City is named after him, as is the Carl C. Icahn Center for Science and Icahn Scholar Program at Choate Rosemary Hall, a prep school in Connecticut. This organization pays for tuition, room and board, books, and supplies for 10 students every year for four years (freshman–senior), an endowment valued at about $400,000 per annum.

Icahn made a substantial contribution to his alma materPrinceton University, to fund a genomics laboratory which bears his name, the Carl C. Icahn Laboratory at the University's Institute for Integrated Genomics. He also made large contributions to Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, of which he is a trustee, which in return named a building the Icahn Medical Institute designed by Davis Brody Bond, and also, in 2013, renamed the Mount Sinai School of Medicine as the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The genomics institute led by Eric Schadt was renamed the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology.

His foundation, the Children's Rescue Fund, built Icahn House in The Bronx, a 65-unit complex for homeless families consisting of single pregnant women and single women with children, and operates Icahn House East and Icahn House West, both of which are homeless shelters in New York City.

In 2010, Icahn joined the Giving Pledge list, pledging to give away more than half his fortune.

Howard N. Hyman

 Howard N. Hyman Manhattan dentist helped disabled war veterans attend theater and sporting events. He persuaded Jack Mara, then president of the New York Giants, to donate 400 seats for each home game to disabled fans and their companions.


Daniel Osiris Iffla


Daniel Osiris Iffla donated 25 million francs to the Pasteur Institute.



Israel’s vaccine success story has already reached here, and people really welcome and appreciate our effort,” Molly Bernstein, a member of the team, told The Times of Israel from Eswatini, expressing confidence that IsraAID will replicate her mission in other countries. 

She said that work began minutes after the team landed on Monday afternoon, and has already involved visits to numerous health centers and meetings with health officials.

“We’re seeing exactly what the local health system looks like so we can leverage its capabilities to ensure the best possible vaccine rollout,” Bernstein said.


She added that her team is also providing guidance on other aspects of COVID-19 policy, beyond vaccines.

Eswatini, which borders South Africa and Mozambique and has a population of just over a million, suffers from the highest COVID-19 death rates in Africa and the highest HIV prevalence in the world. Nearly 40 percent of Eswatini’s population live on less than $1.90 per day.

Bernstein said she has encountered citizens who are reeling from the pandemic, especially in light of the December death of prime minister Ambrose Dlamini, four weeks after he tested positive for coronavirus. “When you have someone so front and center who dies of the virus it leaves people scared and lowers morale,” she said.

The mission is funded by the South Africa-based Jewish billionaire Nathan Kirsh, a citizen of Eswatini.

IsraAID spokesman Ethan Schwartz told The Times of Israel that it represents “a first step in IsraAID’s global vaccine initiative,” adding: “The idea is that this will serve as a pilot for us so that in coming months we can support other countries in vaccine rollout, taking knowledge we got from Israel’s vaccine rollout and using it to support other countries.”

The nonprofit’s CEO, Yotam Polizer, said that its vaccine work represents an effort to make immunization more equitable internationally. “Vaccines are crucial to global efforts to end the pandemic, yet many countries across the Global South are struggling

Israel’s medical facilities are recognized as thebest in the Middle East

April 1999 IDF Medical Mission to Macedonia

Israeli medical mission goes to Macedonia to care for Kosovo refugees.

Syrian Civilian Gets a New Jaw

The Syrian civil war has been raging since 2011and has been one of the bloodiest conflicts this century has seen. Mohammed, a 23-year old farmer from Deraa who was struck by a projectile that shattered his lower jaw leaving him unconscious and struggling to survive. Mohammed was taken to the Israeli-Syrian border along the Golan Heights and then transported to Haifa’s Rambam Hospital for medical treatment. Mohammed’s lower jaw was a shattered mass of flesh and bone and he could neither eat nor drink. Fortunately, Dr. Yoav Leiser – one of Rambam’s maxillofacial surgeons – had just returned from a fellowship in Germany where he learned about putting emerging 3D printing technology to use in the medical field to produce improved Patient Specific Implants. Israeli company AB Dental 3D printed a titanium prosthetic on a Stratasys printer based off of CT scans of Mohammed’s skull. Doctors used bone from Mohammed’s hip in conjunction with the existing fragments of jaw bone and reset it all within the titanium rail. Mohammed was returned to his family who thought he had died.

Hamas Leader

Yahya Sinwar, the hard-line Hamas leader in Gaza, is alive today only because of brain surgery he received, reportedly for a tumor, while in Israeli prison.


Israel evacuated some 800 Syrian White Helmets; These are people who saved lives and were found in life-threatening danger. Syrian Civil Defense, the official name of the White Helmets, is a volunteer organization that has worked in rebel areas of Syria providing medical support during the Syrian conflict. United States President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and several others asked Israel for help in assisting hundreds of Syrian "white helmets."

Israel at Ukraine

Medical staff, Ukrainian and Israeli government representatives, and patients on site at Israel's state field hospital in Mostyska, Ukraine, which opened, March 22, 2022. Housed on the grounds of an elementary school in Mostyska, outside Lviv. The field hospital, which has 150 beds across its emergency, pediatric, and obstetrics and gynecology wards.  Local patients, already lined up to receive the field hospital’s free medical services. The Israeli mission’s 100 staff members – 80 of whom are doctors and nurses – will sleep on-site, in dorm-like conditions, improvised within the school building.

Irwin M Jacobs

As the co-founder and chairman of Qualcomm, Jacobs has contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the field of education through generous donations and grants to several schools and organizations. The San Diego Union Tribune in 2011 dubbed him the "Philanthropist in Chief".

As of September 2009, Jacobs had donated a total of $31 million to his post graduate degrees school, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He had donated $15 million and another $110 million to the University of California San Diego where he was a professor of computer science and engineering for several years. Additionally, he has donated $62 million total to the American Society for Technion, his alma mater Cornell University, and KPBS Radio and Television. His KPBS donation was in the sum of $1 million, and the multi-year gift is designed to strengthen the station's local journalism and news collaboration with NPR. The Jacobs have donated funds to build studios for KPBS and have supported the station for decades.[32] In 2010, he funded an engineering study on how to fulfill a long-planned proposal to remove automobiles from the Plaza de Panama in San Diego's Balboa Park and agreed to chair a committee to study the proposal and develop private funding for it.

Jacobs has pledged $120 million for the San Diego Symphony, a similar amount for the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego, $100 million for UCSD's future specialty hospital and $20 million to replace the central library in downtown San Diego. Also in 2005, the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center for La Jolla Playhouse was named after Jacobs and his wife in honor of their philanthropic contributions towards the institution's development. In April 2013, the Jacobs donated $133 million to the joint Cornell/Technion(Israel) Technology campus development on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

The Joan and Irwin Jacobs TIX Institute at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, was sponsored by Jacobs with the mission of encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.

George Kaiser

George Kaiser gave $12 million to the Tulsa River Parks Authority in Oklahoma in 2014.

Tilie (Ester) Karnofsky

The Jews Who Adopted Louis Armstrong


International jazz legend. Radio and film star…raised by Jews?

Yup. Well, sort of. Louis Armstrong, also known as “Ambassador Satch,” was unofficially adopted by a family of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania who had a junk hauling business in Louisiana.

Tilie (Ester) Karnofsky

Born in New Orleans, Armstrong dropped out of school to earn money for his family in fifth grade, and started working as a delivery boy for the Karnofskys. They soon started feeding him hot meals each night, and even gave him a bed to sleep in. They fed him in other ways too: they lent him five dollars so he could buy his first cornet, and encouraged him to sing. Later in life, Armstrong would write about both the kindness of the Karnofskys and the discrimination they withstood as Jews.

But little Louis’s difficulties continued. He got in trouble for being a “dangerous and suspicious character” and was eventually arrested and sent to the Colored Waif’s Home for Boys. This also wound up being a gift, though, since the home gave him great musical instruction. Thirteen-year-old Armstrong became the leader of the home’s band and by the time he graduated he was booking gigs.

And for years to come, he would wear a Star of David around his neck to remind him of his benefactors’ kindness.

Photo of Ester Karnofsky: Jewish Journal

George Bruce Kaiser is an American billionaire

businessman. He is the chairman of BOK Financial Corporation (Bank of Oklahoma)

Kaiser is listed third on BusinessWeek's 2008 list of the top 50 American philanthropists, behind Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates. Among his prominent causes is fighting childhood poverty through the George Kaiser Family Foundation; He has been notably active in the promotion of early childhood education.

The foundation was instrumental in the funding of Tulsa's Woody Guthrie Center, which opened in 2013, and then in facilitating (together with the University of Tulsa) the acquisition in 2016 of Bob Dylan's 6,000-piece archive, which will be maintained by archivists at the university's Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum.[36]

Kaiser is among those who have made The Giving Pledge, a commitment to give away half of his wealth for charitable purposes.

Kaiser's philanthropy focuses on stimulating economic growth and combatting poverty with investments in early education and health care for people who need it the most.

The Kaiser foundation supports the training of teachers specializing in early education by donating $1.2 million per year to Tulsa Community College and Oklahoma University to fund training programs. It also reimburses the students' tuition if they work in Oklahoma for four years after graduating. The foundation has also brought at least 150 young teachers to Tulsa through the Teach for America program.

Kaiser was informed that there was a 14-year difference in life expectancy between children born in richest and poorest ZIP codes. He concluded that too few doctors were available to treat the poorer people. His foundation then donated $62 million to the University of Oklahoma to create a School of Community Medicine at its Tulsa campus. The money supplemented a $20 million donation by the Schusterman family. The grants reimburse all tuition for students who graduate as doctors and who work for five years in the community.

Ronald A. Katz  an inventor and president of Ronald A. Katz Technology Licensing LP. with inventions  in the field of automated call center technology.

As a philanthropist and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center board member, Ronald Katz helped launch UCLA Operation Mend.

Charles E Kaufman

Endowed the Charles E Kaufman foundation at The Pittsburgh Foundation with 50 million dollars. 35 – 40 million was intended to sponsor research in chemistry, biology, and physics through endowed chairs, fellowships, and awards exclusively in Pennsylvania. The remaining 10-15 million was intended to support conservation, Jewish causes, and public education. He also bequested 1 million to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for projects on evolution and the development of civilization. He gave $100,000 to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for projects in the Clarion River area where he Kaufman grew up.

Donald Bruce Kaufman 

Donald Bruce Kaufman was an American home builder and entrepreneur who with Eli Broad co-founded Kaufman & Broad.

Kaufman and his son n law, Eyal Horwitz, both died in a plane crash January 4, 1983. In 1994, Glorya Kaufman, family members, and friends made donations for the construction of the 10,040-square-foot Donald Bruce Kaufman branch of the Los Angeles Public Library in Brentwood, Los Angeles.


Jerome Kohlberg Jr. (July 10, 1925 – July 30, 2015) was an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He was an early pioneer in the private quity and leveraged buyout industries founding private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and later Kohlberg & Company.

He founded the Philip Evans Scholarship Foundation at Swarthmore.

Bruce Stanley Kovner 

Bruce Stanley Kovner is an American investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. He is chairman of CAM Capital, which he established in January 2012 to manage his investment, trading and business activities. From 1983 through 2011, Kovner was founder and chairman of Caxton Associates, LP, a diversified trading company.

Kovner established The Kovner Foundation in 1996 to support organizations that promote excellence in the arts and education, initiatives that defend private enterprise and protect individual rights, and scholarly studies and research that strengthen American democratic principles.

A long-time supporter of The Juilliard School, Kovner has been chairman of the School's board since 2001. In 2013 Bruce and his wife, Suzie Kovner, endowed the Kovner Fellowship Program at Juilliard with a gift of $60 million - the largest one-time gift to the school. In 2012 Kovner donated $20 million to Juilliard to redevelopment of Lincoln Center. He is also managing director of the Metropolitan Opera's board of directors. Kovner founded and was chairman of the School Choice Scholarships Foundation, which awarded scholarships to financially disadvantaged youth in New York City. He has actively supported other charter schools, such as the Success Academy Charter Schools, where his wife Suzie serves on the board.

He has supported the Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm that focuses on school choice; the Innocence Project and Centurion Ministries, which help serve wrongly-convicted inmates, and Lambda Legal, which advocates for equality and civil rights for the LGBTQ community.

Henry R. Kravis 

Henry R. Kravis is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist, and co-founder of KKR & Co. Inc.

Henry Kravis Leadership Institute that sponsors the Leadership Studies programs at Claremont McKenna College, and the "Henry Kravis Internships for Teachers of Color" program. He has also financed the construction of extensive facilities at Middlesex School (Kravis House), the Eaglebrook School (Kravis Dorm), Deerfield Academy (Kravis Arena), and The Loomis Chaffee School (Kravis Hall).

Henry and wife Marie-Josée Kravis donated $15 million to establish the "Center for Cardiovascular Health" as well as funding a professorship. They have also endowed the chair in human oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Albert Davis Lasker

Albert Davis Lasker and his third wife Mary played major roles in promoting and expanding the National Institutes of Health, helping its budget expand from $2.4 million in 1945 to $5.5 billion in 1985. They founded and endowed the Lasker Award, which has recognized the work of many leading scientists and researchers.

Leonard Alan Lauder 

Leonard Alan Lauder is an American billionaire, philanthropist, art collector. He and his brother, Ronald Lauder, are the sole heirs to the Estée Lauder Companies cosmetics fortune,

He has donated both money and many works of art to the

Whitney Museum of American Art, and is the museum's most prolific fundraiser. His 2008 donation to it of $131 million is the largest in the museum's history. Through the Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Fund, he and his wife have also sponsored several exhibitions at the Whitney. The fifth-floor permanent collection galleries are named for the couple.

A long-time supporter of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Lauder led the creation of a research center for Modern art at the museum, which he helped support through a $22 million endowment made alongside museum trustees and other benefactors. In April 2013, he promised his collection of 81 pieces of Cubist art,

consisting of 34 pieces by Pablo Picasso, 17 by Georges Braque, 15 by Fernand Léger, and 15 by Juan Gris to the museum; together, they are valued at more than one billion dollars.[12] It has been described by William Acquavella, of Acquavella Galleries, as "without doubt the most important collection any private person has put together in many, many years," Art historian Emily Braun, who co-organized the 2014 Met exhibition of Lauder's Cubist collection with Rebecca Rabinow, has served as Leonard Lauder's personal curator since 1987.

Lauder is co-founder and chairman of the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation. Along with his wife, Evelyn, he helped create the Evelyn H Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Ronald Steven Lauder 

Ronald Steven Lauder is an American businessman, billionaire, philanthropist, art collector, and political activist

In 1998, Lauder co-founded the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation with his brother, Leonard A. Lauder. Its mission it to "rapidly accelerate the discovery of drugs to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer's disease.

In 2020, Lauder gave 91 pieces of arms and armor to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The 91-object gift is the museum's most significant since 1942.

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Laurenborn Lifshitz; is an American fashion designer, philanthropist, and billionaire businessman, best known for the Ralph Lauren Corporation, a global multibillion-dollar enterprise.

In 1989 Lauren co-founded the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C. in memory of the late Post fashion correspondent to raise public awareness and funds for breast cancer internationally.[49]

On Friday, September 15, Ralph Lauren Corporation launched the Pink Pony Campaign, a national initiative to reduce disparities in cancer care by raising awareness as well as enhancing prevention, screening, and treatment in poor and underserved communities.

In 2003, Ralph Lauren supported the establishment the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention in Harlem. The Center is a collaboration between Ralph Lauren, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and North General Hospital in Harlem, New York City.

The Polo Fashion School was established in 2004, in which Company executives work with inner-city youth to offer insights into the fashion business.[54] Established in 2006, the Polo Jeans G.I.V.E. (Get Involved, Volunteer, Exceed) campaign was created to inspire and encourage community service through volunteerism by supporting the efforts of dedicated volunteers and their causes.

The Star-Spangled Banner, the original 1813 flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the United States National Anthem, was preserved by a $10 million contribution to Save America's Treasures from Polo Ralph Lauren in 1998. The flag was then unveiled on Wednesday, November 19, 2008, in a new gallery at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, in Washington, D.C.

Ralph Lauren Corporation announced in July 2013 its commitment to restore the elite École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, one of the most influential art schools in France.[57]

In 2014, the Ralph Lauren Corporation partnered with the Royal Marsden, the largest and most comprehensive cancer center in Europe, to develop a world-class breast cancer research facility.[58] They opened the Royal Marsden Ralph Lauren Center for Breast Cancer Research in 2016.

Richard S. LeFrak 

Richard S. LeFrak is chairman and CEO of LeFrak, a privately held, family-run company based in New York City that owns, develops, and manages real estate. He is one of the biggest landlords in the New York tri-state area.

LeFrak presides over the Richard S. and Karen LeFrak Charitable Foundation, a private charity whose mission includes the support of charitable organizations. He has sat on the Board of Trustees of New York-Presbyterian Hospital since 2016

Lehman Brothers

Emanuel Lehman donated $100,000 (equivalent to $3.1 million in 2020) to the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of New York, under the condition "to enlarge and perpetuate its usefulness.

Mayer Lehman was a generous giver to the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Theodore N. Lerner 

Theodore N. Lerner is an American real estate developer, and former managing principal owner of the Washington Nationals baseball team.[2] He is the founder of Lerner Enterprises, the largest private landowner in the 

Washington metropolitan area, which owns commercial, retail, residential and hotel properties, as well as Chelsea Piers in New York City.[3] In 2015, Forbes magazine named him the richest person in the State of Maryland.

The Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Foundation provides support to many organizations, including: Food and Friends; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Shady Grove Adventist Hospital; Hadley's Park; Ted and his wife Annette are founding members of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The American Academy of Achievement awarded Ted Lerner the Golden Plate Award of Excellence in 1990.

Aaron Levy 

On November 16, 1789, Levy gave to the trustees of the Salem Evangelical Church a lot upon which to erect a church and schoolhouse. This land is located in Aaronsburg, Center County, Pennsylvania.  


Uriah Phillips Levy 

Was a naval officer, real estate investor, and philanthropist. He was a veteran of the War of 1812 and the first Jewish Commodore of the US Navy..

Levy was a great admirer of Thomas Jefferson:

I consider Thomas Jefferson to be one of the greatest men in history, the author of the Declaration and an absolute democrat. He serves as an inspiration to millions of Americans. He did much to mould our Republic in a form in which a man's religion does not make him ineligible for political or governmental life.

The Monticello estate had been owned by more than one person since Jefferson's death, and considerable property had been sold off. In 1834, Levy paid $2,700 for the 218-acre (88 ha) Monticello—which is equivalent to $69,100 in today's dollars. Levy undertook to have the long-neglected home repaired, restored, and preserved. He also bought hundreds of additional acres that had been part of the plantation, to add to what was left.

Levy used Monticello as a vacation home. From 1837 to 1839, his widowed mother Rachel Levy lived there until her death; she is buried along Mulberry Row, the main plantation street adjacent to the mansion.[9]

Upon his death in 1862, Levy left Monticello to the American people to be used as an agricultural school for the orphans of Navy warrant officers. Because of the American Civil War, Congress refused to accept the donation. The Confederate government seized and sold the property; lawyers for Levy's estate recovered the property after the war.

Following two lawsuits by family members over Levy's will, with 47 parties to the suit, in 1879 his nephew Jefferson Monroe Levy bought out the other heirs for $10,050, and took control of Monticello.[10] He had it repaired and restored. He sold it in 1923 to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, which has renovated and restored the property as a house museum.

Statue of Jefferson in the Capitol.

The Levy family's role in preserving Monticello was downplayed by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation through much of the 20th century, which Urofsky suggests was due to anti-Semitic views among some of its board and members.[11]

In 1985, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation restored the gravesite of Rachel Levy and honored descendants of the family in a ceremony at Monticello.[12] The Foundation also celebrates the roles of Uriah P. Levy and Jefferson Monroe Levy in helping preserve and restore Monticello, including on-site information about their roles.


Levy brought about the discontinuation of flogging in the American Navy

Adolph Lewisohn

 Lewisohn is the namesake of the former School of Mines building on the Morningside Heights campus of Columbia University, as well as the former Lewisohn Stadium at the City College of New York.

He was an avid collector of art and items of historical interest, and a deep lover of classical music; in particular opera. He had a firm belief that everyone should be able to experience fine art, and much his philanthropic endeavours went towards making this vision happen. He donated a significant portion of his art collection to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, including “The Awakening” by Maurice Sterne, "Selina" by Jacob Epstein, and “Eve and the Apple,” by Kaj Neilsen. He was also a regular supporter of fine music in the New York. In addition to supporting local institutions like the Metropolitan Opera, he underwrote most of the costs of an annual Summer music concert series held at the Lewisohn Stadium. The series sported some of the best international performers in the classical world, and due to Lewisohn's generosity, ticket prices were very inexpensive and affordable to what he termed 'the every day man'.

James Loeb

James Loeb established the Institute of Musical Art in New York City.

Aaron Lopez born Duarte Lopez, was a merchant, slave trader, and philanthropist in colonial Rhode Island. Through his varied commercial ventures, he became the wealthiest person in NewportRhode Island

Lopez purchased books for the Redwood Library and Athenaeum. He contributed lumber to help build the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (which later relocated to Providence and eventually became Brown University). He donated land to establish Leicester Academy in Leicester, Massachusetts.

Israel Matz founder of Ex Lax Co.supports:

The Israel Matz Institute for Jewish Law at the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is located on Mount Scopus, in one of the original buildings of the Hebrew University, built in 1925. The Israel Matz Foundation is a non profit organization located in New York City. The foundation is concerned with aiding indigent Hebrew writers.The Israel Matz Chair of Organic Chemistry was established at the Weizmann Institute of Science by the Alice Matz Goodman Endowment Fund, New York, NY, daughter of Israel Matz.


Ray Kroc(g) succeeded with McDonalds because he had an unusual combination of discipline and integrity. However, Harry Sonneborn was the only reason McDonalds survived financially; Sonneborn was Jewish. 

Kroc demanded that the franchisees follow the strict operating guidelines which the McDonald brothers had used to make their hamburger stand so successful. In return, he treated the franchisees as if they were his children with sweetheart wholesale supply deals that were great for the franchisees, but paid McDonalds nothing.

Harry Sonneborn added a more conservative financial perspective to McDonalds management. His greatest contribution was to convince two Insurance companies to invest in McDonalds so that McDonalds ambitious expansion plan had the necessary money. Nobody was investing in fast food places because they were coming and going. Sonneborn convinced the Insurance companies that they were investing in real estate, and not a greasy spoon because each store  location was prime real estate.

Kroc's initial franchise sales were to his country club buddies who were all successful businessmen. They did not really submit to operating their hamburger stands with the strict discipline that Kroc wanted. However, Sandy and Betty Agate did because they knew nothing about the food business; they were just looking for a better life. The Agate's were the first blue collar Franchisees, and they helped Kroc understand who the best Franchisee customers were. The Agates were Jewish.

Several other Jews were influential in the Success of McDonalds even though most of the work was done by people who were not Jewish.

McDonalds was successful because it leveraged the entrepreneurial ambitions of its Franchisees, and everyone else who worked with the company. Jim Delligatti invented the Big Mac. Herb Peterson created the Egg McMuffin, and Delligatti added some other items to the original McDonalds breakfast menu. They were not Jewish.

Max Cooper, Ben Burns, and Al Golin's Public Relations work for McDonalds was the only “advertising” that McDonalds did in the beginning.

Lou Perlman became the paper products supplier for all of McDonalds nationwide.

Lou Groen created a Fish sandwich which inspired the McDonalds fish sandwich.

Hal Rosen created the Shamrock Shake which McDonalds sells around St Patricks Day.

Herb Lotman, and two other McDonalds meat suppliers developed the first total distribution concept for McDonald's in the late-1960s with the use of cryogenics and helped conceive the Chicken McNugget in the 1980s. Like all the other suppliers, Lotman does most of its business with McDonalds but there is no written contract!

Franchisees, John Gibson and Oscar “Goldy” Goldstein  advertised their McDonald operations by sponsoring a local TV show about a clown named Bozo. Eventually Bozo became the Ronald McDonald mascot of McDonalds.

Stanley Elkman, Elkman Agvertising developed and expanded McDonalds most recognizable charity, the Ronald McDonald Houses.

George Alan Cohon made McDonalds Canada successful by creating the perception that it was a Canadian business rather than an American subsidiary. He actually became a Canadian citizen to bolster that perception.

William Merton

William Merton established the Academy for Social and Commercial Sciences which, in 1914, was transformed into the University of Frankfurt.

Paul Milstein 

Paul Milstein was an American real estate developer and philanthropist.

Paul Milstein and his wife Irma established The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation in 1994 to lead much of their philanthropic work. They have given money to New York institutions including the Milstein Hospital Building at NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life and the Milstein Hall of Large Mammals at The American Museum of Natural History; the Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace at Lincoln Center; and the Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History, and Genealogy at the New York Public Library.

Starting in the 1970s, the Milsteins provided capital to support medical research. In addition to the Milstein Hospital Building (1988), they funded the Milstein Institute for Surgical Science and the Milstein Laboratories (1992–1993) to conduct research in Alzheimer's Disease, diabetes and cancer. The Milstein family is also providing support to the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health and Rockefeller University, with the Milstein Medical Research Program.

Irma Milstein gave money to Cornell University and the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning for Paul Milstein Hall which is used by the university's undergraduate architecture program. Construction started in 2009.

The Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate is used for Columbia Business School's real estate MBA program. Established in 2001, the Milstein Center is used for real estate education at Columbia Business School with a focus on capital markets, entrepreneurship, and global business. Irma Milstein has provided support to Bank Street College of Education, one of the premier teacher training institutions in the U.S.

Sidney Myer (Australia)

A violinist who enjoyed music, Sidney Myer established free, open-air concerts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 1929, which were always well attended by Melburnians.

During the Depression of the 1930s, Myer felt a responsibility to contribute something to the community that had assisted him in achieving business success and a personal fortune. Rather than terminate employment of workers in his Department Store, all staff, including himself, had their wages cut. Relief work was personally financed by a £22,000 sum, to provide employment opportunities. For the unemployed at Christmas, he financed a Christmas dinner for 10,000 people at the Royal Exhibition Building, including a gift for every child.

Myer's estate amounted to £922,000. One-tenth of his estate went to establish the Sidney Myer Charitable Trust, now known as the Sidney Myer Fund, to continue the tradition of philanthropy begun by its founder. The most famous philanthropic funding was for the construction of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in the Kings Domain, Melbourne in 1958, which is named in his honour.

Sir Moses Montefiore

Sir Moses Montefiore helped lead the opposition to Capital Punishment in London

Donald Edward Newhouse 

Donald Edward Newhouse is an American billionaire heir and owns Advance Publications, founded by his father, Samuel Irving Newhouse Sr.

In January 2020, Newhouse donated $75 million to the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at his Alma mater Syracuse University.[7][8] The communications school is named after his father, Samuel Irving Newhouse Sr.

It was announced in March 2021 that Newhouse and his wife Susan would launch a fund at the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) with a $20m donation, the largest donation in the charity's history.


Samuel Irving Newhouse Jr.

Newhouse gave $15 million to Syracuse University 1962

Dr. Stanley Pearle founder of Pearle Vision

In 1961, he established the Pearle Vision Foundation – a non-profit now known as the OneSight® Research Foundation. The OneSight Research Foundation supports eye health research and invests in students pursuing a Doctor of Optometry degree via the Dr. Stanley Pearle Scholarship Fund. Since its inception in 2007 the fund has awarded a total of $140,000 in scholarships to 70 students.

Daniel Och 

Daniel Och is an American billionaire hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. He is the founder, chairman and former CEO of Och-Ziff Capital Management, a global hedge fund and alternative asset management firm.

In October 2017, the Spine Hospital of the NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital was named after Och and his wife following a $25 million donation. In 2014, the University of Michigan established The Och Initiative for Women in Finance named after the Och family.

 Ronald Owen Perelman 

Perelman is an American banker, businessman and investor. His company, MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated, has invested in companies with diverse interests .

Through his company, MacAndrews & Forbes established the Revlon/UCLA Women's Cancer Research Program in 1994 for research into the causes and treatment of breast and ovarian cancer. The company also founded the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at NYU Medical Center. Over the years, MacAndrews & Forbes has also provided significant support for such organizations as the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, Carnegie Hall, the Solomon R. Guggenheim MuseumMemorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital and Perelman's alma mater, The University of Pennsylvania.

Perelman donated $20 million to the University of Pennsylvania for naming rights to the quadrangle,[64] $10 million to New York University to create the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, and $20 million to the Guggenheim Museum. From 2006 through 2008, Perelman donated $63.5 million to causes including, but not limited to: Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C), World Trade Center Memorial Fund and Ford's Theatre, Carnegie Hall and the World Trade Center Memorial.[68] In February 2008, Perelman made a $50 million donation to the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center to create the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute, and to provide vital financial aid to the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine.

Perelman also gave a total of $16 million to 581 nonprofit organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, in Philadelphia; the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, in New York; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, in Baltimore; the Rainforest Foundation U.S., in New York; and other arts, education, Jewish, medical research, and women's-health groups.

Since 2013, Perelman donated $50 million to the NYU Langone Medical Center to create the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Emergency Services. $25 million to the University of Pennsylvania to create a new Center for its Economics and Political Science Departments, $100 million to the Columbia Business School, the graduate business school of Columbia University. and donated $75 million to revive plans to build a performing arts center at the World Trade Center site.

Jacob Rodrigues Pereira

Jacob Rodrigues Pereira and Georges-Louis Leclerc , Comte de Buffon created a  study “Observations sur les-sourds muets “, Published in Paris in 1762, it is considered the first scientific work ever written about deaf people and earned Pereira an annuity granted by King Louis XV. Following its investigation, Jacob Rodrigues Pereira would develop the first drafts of sign language, allowing communication with the deaf mutes. He developed a method of teaching the deaf at the Academie des Belles Lettres of Caen in 1747

Victor Posner Started by taking advantage of the post-World War II demand for housing in America, he developed land and built houses in the Baltimore area, and by 1952, was building more than 1,100 dwellings per year. Multimillionaire with holdings in Sharon Steel, NVF Industries, National Propane Corp. founder of Miami’s Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Abram Nicholas Pritzker

Pritzker's philanthropic endeavors include funding the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He also set up a trust fund for the A.N. Pritzker Elementary School, which he had attended when it was called the Wicker Park Elementary School.

Penny Pritzker

Pritzker and her husband, Bryan Traubert, have their own foundation called the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation. The foundation focuses on physical activity for young people and increasing economic opportunity in Chicago. Among their initiatives were a $5 million donation to converting grass soccer fields to easier-to-maintain turf and a $1 million donation to repair tennis courts around Chicago. The Pritzkers also established Chicago Run, a program that prepares Chicago-area children to run their first 5k race.

In March 2020, Pritzer set up the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, to assist non-profit organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, after receiving a call from her brother, Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker. The siblings announced the creation of the fund with $23 million in start up money on March 24, 2020, six days after Governor Pritzker's request. Pritzker and her husband contributed $1.5 million of the initial sum.

Mitchell Rales 

Mitchell Rales is an American billionaire businessman, and a collector of modern and contemporary art. He co-founded Danaher Corporation in 1983.

Rales and his wife, Emily Wei Rales, developed and financed Glenstone, a contemporary art museum in Potomac, Maryland. The museum first opened in 2006 and displays the Rales's collection of post-World War II art, including paintings, sculptures, and both indoor and outdoor installations. A major $219 million expansion to Glenstone was opened in 2018 that increased both the gallery space and the wooded land surrounding the galleries. The museum is free and open to the public via online booking.

Steven M. Rales 

Steven M. Rales is an American businessman, film producer and chairman of Danaher Corporation

He has been a major supporter of the Washington Ballet. In 2002, he was a major donor in the dedication of the Peeler Art Center at DePauw University. He was a donor to GolfRocks.

Ira Leon Rennert 

Ira Leon Rennert is an American billionaire businessman, and the chairman and CEO of Renco Group.

Rennert and his wife Ingeborg have made many charitable donations to various organizations. They donated $5 million to establish the Wiesel Center at Boston University and $250,000 to the Lincoln Center. They also gave over $1 million to the World Trade Center Memorial and established the Rennert Entrepreneurial Institute of Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University. They have endowed chairs at several different universities, including a chair in Jewish studies at Barnard College, a chair in Aging Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a chair in Stem Cell Biology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the Ira Rennert Professorship of Business at Columbia University.[29] They also established the Ira Leon Rennert Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at New York University and founded the Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies at Bar-Ilan University.

George Rosenberg Roberts 

George Rosenberg Roberts is an American financier. He is one of the three original partners of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), which he co-founded alongside Jerome Kohlberg and first cousin Henry Kravis in 1976.

Roberts is the founder and chairman of the boards of directors of non-profit organizations such as the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), which focuses on job creation. In 2012, he gave $50 million to Claremont McKenna College.

Julius Rosenwald

Sears and Roebuck

The national Panic of 1893 led to a full-scale recession, causing a cash squeeze and large quantities of unsold merchandise by 1895. Roebuck decided to quit. Sears offered Roebuck's half of the company to Chicago businessman Aaron Nusbaum, who in turn brought in his brother-in-law Julius Rosenwald, to whom Sears owed money. From 1895 to 1907, under Rosenwald's leadership as vice president and treasurer, annual sales of the company climbed from $750,000 to upwards of $50 million.

After the 1906 financial reorganization of Sears, Rosenwald became friends with Goldman Sachs's other senior partner, Paul J. Sachs, who often stayed with Rosenwald during his many trips to Chicago and the two would discuss America's social situation, agreeing that the plight of African Americans was the most serious in the U.S. Sachs introduced Rosenwald to two prominent educators and proponents of African-American education, William H. Baldwin and Booker T. Washington. Rosenwald made common cause with Washington and was asked to serve on the board of directors of the Tuskegee Institute in 1912, a position he held for the remainder of his life. He endowed the institute to free Washington from fundraising and enable him to devote more time managing the institute.[10]

Booker T. Washington encouraged Rosenwald to address the poor state of African-American education in the US, which suffered from inadequate buildings and books. Rosenwald provided funds to build six small schools in rural Alabama, which were constructed and opened in 1913 and 1914, and overseen by Tuskegee. As the projects were built by and for African Americans, they showed Rosenwald's intention to remain behind the scenes in this effort.[11] Inspired by the social progressivism of Jane AddamsGrace AbbottPaul J. Sachs, and the Reform Judaism of Emil Hirsch and Julian Mack (many of whom were personal friends as well), Rosenwald devoted his time, energy, and money to philanthropy.[citation needed]

In his words, written in 1911:

The horrors that are due to race prejudice come home to the Jew more forcefully than to others of the white race, on account of the centuries of persecution which they have suffered and still suffer.

The collaboration between Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald was the subject of the 2015 documentary Rosenwald, subtitled[12] The Remarkable Story of a Jewish Partnership with African American Communities by writer, producer and director Aviva Kempner,[13][14] which won Best Documentary Jury Award at the Teaneck International Film Festival and the Lipscomb University Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Nashville Film Festival.[12]

He established his Rosenwald Fund in 1917 for "the well-being of mankind". Unlike other endowed foundations, which were designed to fund themselves in perpetuity, the Rosenwald Fund was intended to use all of its funds for philanthropic purposes. As a result, the fund was completely spent by 1948

Over the course of his life, Rosenwald and his fund donated over $70 million to public schoolscolleges and universitiesmuseumsJewish charities and African-American institutions.[citation needed] The rural school building program was one of the largest programs administered by the Rosenwald Fund. It contributed more than $4 million in matching funds to the construction of more than 5,000 schools, shops, and teachers' homes in the South. These schools became informally known as "Rosenwald Schools".[15]

Rosenwald commissioned one of Chicago's largest philanthropic housing developments: the Michigan Boulevard Garden Apartments, at 47th St. and Michigan Ave. The Michigan Boulevard Garden Apartments was one of the first American housing developments to mix residential, commercial and social uses and still stands.

The complex was built in 1929 by Julius Rosenwald and his nephew, architect Ernest Grunsfeld (who also designed the Adler Planetarium, at the behest of Rosenwald's brother-in-law, Max Adler). Covering a square block, the buildings enclosed an enormous central landscaped courtyard. Rosenwald planned the development of 421 units to provide sound housing for African Americans and to relieve the tremendous overcrowding due to Chicago's pervasive racial segregation. The development also included 14 stores along the 47th Street side of the property, four of which were occupied by black-owned businesses, and a nursery school. Rosenwald invested $2.7 million in the project, receiving only a 2.4 percent return during the first seven years.[citation needed]

Julius Rosenwald supported the Wabash Avenue YMCA, opened in 1914, which would later become an historic landmark. The Wabash "Y" greatly aided blacks' integration into Chicago during the Great Migration. It is still operating today.[16]

Rosenwald was the patron of chess prodigy Samuel Reshevsky. He encouraged Reshevsky to earn a university degree so as not to be completely dependent upon chess for his living. Reshevsky did so, earning his degree in accounting from the University of Chicago.[17]

Rosenwald gave $1000 grants to the first 100 counties in the U.S. to hire County Extension Agents, helping the United States Department of Agriculture launch a program that was highly valuable to rural Americans. He was also the principal founder and backer for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, to which he gave over $5 million and served as the president (1927–1932).


Stephen M. Ross 

Stephen M. Ross is an American real estate developer, philanthropist, and sports team owner. Ross is the chairman and majority owner of The Related Companies, a global real estate development firm he founded in 1972. Related is best known for developing the Time Warner Center,

In 2004, Ross made the single largest contribution (at the time) to the University of Michigan by donating $100 million to the school On September 12, 2013, it was announced Ross had committed an additional $200 million gift to the University, to be distributed equally among the Ross School of Business and the University's athletic department. On September 20, 2017, Ross donated an additional $50 million to the University of Michigan, the majority of which would support career development programs for students, innovative action-based learning experiences, and resources for attracting and developing junior faculty.


Henri de Rothschild

Henri de Rothschild founded the first Infant consultations in Paris, and was instrumental in establishing milk depots for the poor in Paris.

Baroness Mayer de Rothschild

Baroness Mayer de Rothschild

In England, the Association of Oral Instruction for Deaf and Dumb, owed its existence to the Baroness. She was deeply impressed with the success of the ”pure oral” system of lip reading introduced to the Jewish Deaf and Dumb home in London by its director William van Praag

Baron Edmund de Rothschild

Baron Edmund de Rothschild gave 30 million francs to establish the Biological Institute in Paris to further the research of Claud Bernard, the digestive specialist.

David Mark Rubenstein 

David Mark Rubenstein is an American billionaire businessman. A former government official and lawyer, he is a co-founder and co-executive chairman of the private equity firm The Carlyle Group, a global private equity investment company based in Washington, D.C.

Rubenstein was among the initial 40 individuals who have pledged to donate more than half of their wealth to philanthropic causes or charities as part of The Giving Pledge.[25]

In December 2007 Rubenstein purchased the last privately owned copy of the Magna Carta at Sotheby's auction house in New York and has lent it to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. In 2011, Rubenstein gave $13.5 million to the National Archives for a new gallery and visitor's center. He has purchased rare so-called Stone copies of the Declaration of Independence,[29] the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th Amendment, the Abel Buell map, the Bay Psalm Book, and the Constitution and has lent these documents to the State Department, the National Archives, the National Constitution Center, the Smithsonian and Mount Vernon.

In December 2011, Rubenstein donated $4.5 million to the National Zoo for its giant panda reproduction program. The panda complex was then named the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat for the next five years and conservation biologists in the U.S. and China who are awarded National Zoo fellowships for their work to save pandas would be named "David M. Rubenstein Fellows." Another $4.5 million was donated in September 2015, about four weeks after a male giant panda cub was born. He also donated $10 million to the National Gallery of Art in support of refurbishment and expansion of the East Building of the National Gallery, work that was completed in September 2016.

In 2012, he donated $7.5 million towards the repair of the Washington Monument, and donated another $3 million to refurbish the Monument’s elevator.

In 2013, he donated $50 million to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which was used for a 65,000 square foot addition

In 2013, he donated $10 million towards the construction of a library at George Washington's Mount Vernon.

In April 2013 and 2015, he donated a total of $20 million to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which was used to rebuild at least two buildings in the enslaved community on Mulberry Row at Monticello. The funds were also used to restore Jefferson's original road scheme, restore the second and third stories of Jefferson's home which were mostly empty, and replace infrastructure.

In November 2013, he bought a copy of the Bay Psalm Book for $14.1 million, the highest price ever paid for a printed book, and pledged to lend it to public collections and exhibitions around the world.

In 2014, he donated $10 million to Montpelier, to support the renovation of the home of James Madison.

In July 2014, he donated $12 million towards the refurbishment of Arlington House at Arlington National Cemetery.

In November 2015, he donated $20 million for the New Commons Building at the Institute for Advanced Study. The building will be named Rubenstein Commons and will feature conference space, meeting rooms, a cafe, and office space.

On February 15, 2016, Presidents' Day, Rubenstein presented a gift of $18.5 million to the National Park Foundation to expand educational resources, foster public access, and repair and restore the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The Park Service plans to create 15,000 square feet of visitor space in the undercroft of the memorial.] This gift, presented during National Park Service's centennial year, was Rubenstein's fourth gift to benefit US national parks. On December 2, 2016, Rubenstein in conjunction with the National Parks Foundation, agreed to cover the cost of elevator upgrades to the Washington Monument. The monument reopened on September 19, 2019.

In 2016, he donated $25 million for a pancreatic cancer center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.[53]

In October 2016, he donated $15 million to the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to create a hearing center focused on restoring functional hearing loss.[54] In December 2020 he donated another $15 million to the same Department.

In October 2019, the National Parks Foundation announced that David Rubenstein donated $10 million for upgrades to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. The gift funds a new and expanded museum within the memorial that was expected to be completed in time for the memorial’s 80th anniversary in 2023.

In 2020, he donated $10 million to the Library of Congress for the refurbishment of its Jefferson Building.

Rubenstein has donated over $100 million to Duke University.

Haim Saban 

Haim Saban is an Israeli-American media proprietor, investor, and producer of records, film, and television. A businessman with interests in financial services, entertainment, and media

In 2002 Saban provided an initial grant of 13 million USD[53] and a pledge of additional funds[53] to create the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, a foreign policy think tank based in Washington, D.C. The Saban Center is part of the larger Brookings Institution think tank.[53] The Saban Center aims to provide policy makers in government with information and analysis regarding America's foreign policy in the Middle East. Saban recruited Martin Indyk to direct the center In 2007, Saban donated $14 million to complete the children's hospital at Soroka Medical Center.

Bruno Sammartino

Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino was a very successful professional wrestler, but he did not start out that way. Bruno’s father came to Pittsburgh in 1939, but had to wait until after WWII to bring the rest of his family to America. Bruno was sickly when he came to Pittsburgh, and that made him an easy target for bullies at school. Bruno wanted to build up his muscles, but had no opportunity. A Jew by the name of Moose Simon took the young Sammartino to the young Men’s Hebrew Association where Bruno could lift weights. Bruno did all the work to make himself a very good and popular wrestler, but with a little help from a Jew.

Abe Saperstein

Meet the Harlem Globetrotters’ Jewish Basketball-Spinning Founder


The Harlem Globetrotters are known for gravity-defying slam dunkstrick shots and improbable long shots. What’s less known is that the razzle-dazzle comedic showmanship was the idea of British-born Jewish businessman Abe Saperstein.

Saperstein was a leading figure in black basketball and baseball from the ‘20s to the ‘50s, before those sports were racially integrated. In the Trotters’ early days he was their owner, coach, trainer, booking agent, PR director, chauffeur, and occasional substitute player. At the height of the Great Depression, he drove the team’s five players around the Midwest in his Ford Model T to play in small farm towns.

Saperstein worked tirelessly, taking off only one day per year: Yom Kippur. The Globetrotters became a powerhouse under his leadership. In 1940 they beat the legendary black basketball team, the New York Renaissance, and in 1948 they defeated the Minneapolis Lakers, the best team in the all-white NBA.

Their success helped pave the way for basketball’s integration. Ex-Globetrotters were among the first black players to sign contracts with the NBA. Saperstein died in 1966 and was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979. At 5 feet 3 inches, he is its shortest male member.

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Jacob Henry Schiff

Schiff grew to be one of American Jewry's top philanthropists and leaders, donating to nearly every major Jewish cause, New York examples being the Montefiore Home for Chronic Invalids, of which he was president,[17] the Young Men's Hebrew Association building and the Jewish Theological Seminary.[18] He was also involved with many secular American causes: in addition to serving on the Board of Managers of the New York Zoological Society, he gave to such organizations as the Boy Scouts of America, the Harvard Semitic Museum, the American Museum of Natural HistoryMetropolitan Museum of ArtAmerican Fine Arts SocietyAmerican Geographical Society, and Barnard College; and a number of other organizations for civil rights and the disadvantaged, such as the American Red Cross, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and Henry Street Settlement (New York) and Tuskegee Institute.


Stephen A. Schwarzman

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, 1947) is an American businessman, investor and philanthropist. He is the chairman and CEO of The Blackstone Group, a global private equity firm he established in 1985 with former chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers and US Secretary of Commerce Peter G. Peterson

 Stephen SchwarzmaEliot Spitzer announced a $60 million donation by the Simons Foundation to found the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook, the largest gift to a public university in New York state history. In 2011, Simons broke that record again with a $150 million donation to Stony Brook, which went to research in medical sciences, the construction of a life sciences building, the creation of a neurosciences institute and a center for biological imaging, the study of cancer and infectious diseases, 35 new endowed professorships and 40 fellowships for graduate students.

Joseph von Sonnenfels

Joseph von Sonnenfels was responsible for the abolition of torture in Austria in 1776.


George Soros

George Soros (born György Schwartz is a Hungarian-born American billionaire investor and philanthropist. As of March 2021, he had a net worth of US$8.6 billion, having donated more than $32 billion to the Open Society Foundations, of which $15 billion have already been distributed, representing 64% of his original fortune, making him the "most generous giver" (in terms of percentage of net worth) according to Forbes.

Between 1979 and 2011, Soros donated more than $11 billion to various philanthropic causes;[20][21] by 2017, his donations "on civil initiatives to reduce poverty and increase transparency, and on scholarships and universities around the world" totaled $12 billion. He provided one of Europe's largest higher education 

endowments to the Central European University in his Hungarian hometown.

Speyer Family

The Speyer family is a prominent Jewish family of German descent. It can be traced back to Michael Isaac Speyer (1644–1692), who had briefly been the head of the Jewish community in Frankfurt am Main in 1691–The patriarch of the family, Joseph Lazard Speyer, took over the Ellissen bank, inherited from his wife Jette Ellissen, Eventually, they became Speyer Bank in commercial banking, and investment banking. In the late eighteenth century, the Speyers were the wealthiest Jewish family in Frankfurt, well above the Rothschild family

Early to realize the potential in North America, the Speyer family was one of the top five issuers of United States and Mexican railroad securities by the 1870s, their nearest rivals being Kuhn, Loeb & Co. andJ.P. Morgan & Co

The Speyer family belonged to Frankfurt’s patrons and made considerable foundations to support science and scientific education. Their funds provided the basis for the University of Frankfurt am Main.

Irving Stone founder of American Greeting Cards supported Yeshiva UniversityHebrew Academy of Cleveland[1] and the Chinuch Atzmai Torah schools in Israel as well as Camp Stone, a Zionist summer camp in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania.


Leonard Norman Stern 

Leonard Norman Stern is an American billionaire businessman, and philanthropist.

He is the chairman and CEO of the privately owned Hartz Group based in New York City. The company's real estate portfolio was owned and operated under its Hartz Mountain Industries subsidiary company, of which he is also chairman and CEO.

He was the founder in 1986 and is chairman of Homes for the Homeless. According to its website, it serves over 630 homeless families and over 1,200 homeless children each day at five separate sites across New York City.


Warren Amerine Stephens 

Warren Amerine Stephens is an American businessman. He is the chairman, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Stephens Inc., a privately held investment bank

Stephens and his wife Harriet are benefactors of various organizations, most notably the Episcopal Collegiate School and the Arkansas Arts Center, both in Little Rock.


Nathan Straus

Nathan Straus (January 31, 1848 – January 11, 1931) was a German-born, American merchant and philanthropist who co-owned two of New York City's biggest department storesR. H. Macy & Company and Abraham & Straus with his brother Isidor Straus. Isidor and his wife died on the Titanic.

In the late 1880s, Nathan Straus began a period of philanthropy and public service in New York City. In 1892, he and his wife privately funded the Nathan Straus Pasteurized Milk Laboratory to provide pasteurized milk to children to combat infant mortality and tuberculosis. In his battles with the disease he opened the Tuberculosis Preventorium for Children at Lakewood Township, New Jersey (later it was moved to Farmingdale, New Jersey) in 1909. Their book, Disease in Milk: The Remedy Pasteurization: The Life Work of Nathan Straus records that unclean, unpasteurized milk fed to infants was the chief cause of tuberculosis, typhoid, scarlet fever, diphtheria and other diseases that were the main cause of a 25% infant mortality rate in the U.S. in 1890, 15% in 1903 (but 7% in New York in 1900, where pasteurized milk had already become the norm) (it is now below 1% in the U.S.). Straus is credited as the leading proponent of the pasteurization movement, which eliminated the hundreds of thousands of deaths per year then due to disease-bearing milk.

During the economic panic of 1893, Straus used his milk stations to sell coal at the very low price of 5 cents for 25 pounds to those who could pay. Those who could not received coal free. He also opened lodging houses for 64,000 people, who could get a bed and breakfast for 5 cents, and he funded 50,000 meals for one cent each. He also gave away thousands of turkeys anonymously. At Abraham & Straus he noticed that two of his employees were starving themselves to save their wages to feed their families, so he established what may have been the first subsidized company cafeteria.

In 1898, during the Spanish–American War, Straus donated an ice plant to SantiagoCuba.[5]Straus retired in 1914 to devote his time to charity. During the winter of 1914–15, he served 1,135,731 penny meals for the unemployed from his milk depots in New York City.[5] In 1916, as American entry into World War I loomed, he sold his yacht Sisilina to the Coast Guard, and used the proceeds to feed war orphans. Later he fed returning American servicemen at Battery Park.

Straus donated money to the New York Public Library, specifically targeting young people. The Young People's Collection at the Donnell Library Center is named for him. He also helped the city's poorer inhabitants by building a recreational pier, the first of many on the city's waterfront.

Asser Levy van Swellen:

When the Portuguese reconquered Recife Brazil, Asser Levy led a group of Jews first to the West Indies and then on to New Amsterdam (New York). Peter Stuyvesant was the governor of New Amsterdam, as well as a Calvinist Minister. He hated Jews and opposed the landing of the Jews from Recife. Levy argued vehemently and the Jews landed, but that was just the beginning of a long feud and legal battle between Sutyvesant and Levy which Levy won in the Dutch courts. 

Levy was a butcher, and he eventually became rich. He put up the money to build the first Lutheran Church in New York City.

David Alan Tepper 

David Alan Tepper is an American billionaire hedge fund manager. He is the owner of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL) and Charlotte FC in Major League Soccer (MLS). Tepper is the founder and president of Appaloosa Management, a global hedge fund based in Miami Beach, Florida.

On March 19, 2003, Tepper announced that he would make a single donation of $55 million to Carnegie Mellon University's business school (then called the Graduate School of Industrial Administration—GSIA).CMU announced a $67 million gift from Tepper to develop the Tepper Quadrangle on the north campus. The Tepper Quad will include a new Tepper School of Business facility across the street from the Heinz College as well as other university-wide buildings and a welcome center which will serve as a public gateway to the university. This brings Tepper's total gift to Carnegie Mellon to $125 million.

Tepper also has made several large gifts to the University of Pittsburgh, including several endowed undergraduate scholarships and support of academic centers and university-run community outreach programs. Tepper and wife Marlene have pledged $3.4 million to Rutgers University - Mason Gross School of the Arts, the alma mater of his wife.

After Hurricane Sandy, David Tepper donated $200,000 in gift cards to Jersey City and Hoboken families who suffered loss in the storm

In 2020, along with other philanthropists, Tepper donated $2.65 million through David A. Tepper Foundation to help Chicago with its share of struggle from the coronavirus pandemic. All donations to the fund will be distributed to nonprofit organizations, who will help give citizens a wider access to the help they need, such as basic supplies, food, utility, mortgage and rent, household funds, as well as safety and operations assistance. In April 2020, Tepper's cumulative donations toward COVID-19 relief efforts exceeded $22 million.

In September 2021, it was announced that the Nicole & David Tepper Foundation and the David A. Tepper Charitable Foundation would donate $1 million to the Hurricane Ida relief effort.

Laurence Alan Tisch

Tisch made major donations to the Metropolitan Museum of ArtNew York University, the NYU Medical Center and the Wildlife Conservation Society. A $4.5 million gift created the Tisch Children's Zoo in Central Park.

From 1978 to 1998, Tisch served as chairman of the board of trustees at New York University overseeing a $1 billion capital campaign and major improvements in the university.

NYU's Tisch School of the Arts is named in honor of him and his brother Bob, who donated the funds necessary to buy a building for the school. Tisch's donations also provided funding for a professorship in law, which was established in 2010. There is additionally a Tisch Hall at the Stern School of Business and a Tisch Hospital at the NYU Medical Center.

The professorship for history and economics in Harvard University is named after him in recognition of his philanthropy to the school.

Paul M. Warburg

The Paul M. Warburg chair in Economics at Harvard University was named in his honor.

Bruce Jay Wasserstein  

Bruce Jay Wasserstein was an American investment banker, businessman, and writer and was prominent in the mergers and acquisitions industry, credited with working on 1,000 transactions with a total value of approximately $250 billion.

 In 2007 Wasserstein made a $25 million donation

 to Harvard Law School, for the creation of a large academic wing of the school's Northwest Corner complex, which was named Wasserstein Hall.

Sidney Weinberg

Sidney Weinberg member of the Board of the Ford Motor company who laid the plans for the Ford Foundation

Gene Wilder

Gilda’s Club

Gilda's Club is a community organization for people with cancer, their families and friends. Local chapters provide meeting places where those who have cancer, their families, and friends can join with others to build emotional and social support as a supplement to medical care.

Founded by Joanna Bull (Radner’s cancer Psychologist), Gene Wilder, (Radner’s Husband). Joel Siegel also cancer victim

Ricardo Wolf - invented the process of recovering iron from smelting process residue. He established the Wolf Foundation financing The Wolf Prize awarded in six fields: AgricultureChemistryMathematicsMedicinePhysics, and an Art.


Daniel Ziff

Daniel Ziff  of the Ziff-Davis magazines empire contributed between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a former arm of the closed Clinton Foundation.

Samuel Zell 

Samuel Zell (born Shmuel Zielonka, is an American billionaire businessman and philanthropist. A former lawyer, Zell is the founder and chairman of Equity Group Investments, a private investment firm, founded in 1968. The company invests opportunistically across industries and geographies and throughout the capital structure.

Zell and his wife, Helen, are philanthropists who focus heavily on education and the arts. Among their public beneficiaries are: the University of Michigan with the sponsorship of the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program, Northwestern University's Kellogg School Zell Center for Risk Research and Zell Scholar Program, the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School's Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center, The Ounce of Prevention Fund, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


In 2004, Schwarzman donated a new football stadium to Abington Senior High School—the Stephen A. Schwarzman Stadium.[42] In 2007, Schwarzman was listed among Time's 100 Most Influential People in The World.[In early 2008, Schwarzman announced that he contributed $100 million toward the expansion of the New York Public Library, for which he serves as a trustee. The central reference building on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue was renamed The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. In 2018, Schwarzman donated 10 million to another library, the National Library of Israel.

On April 21, 2013, Schwarzman announced a $100 million personal gift to establish and endow a scholarship program in China, Schwarzman Scholars, modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship program. Schwarzman simultaneously announced a fundraising campaign with a goal of $200 million. The Schwarzman Scholars program is housed at Tsinghua University. Since its inception, the program has maintained ties to the United Front Work Department as well as other organizations and personnel affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party.

Stephen Schwarzman donated $150 million to Yale University in 2015 to fund a campus center in the university's historic "Commons" dining facility.

In early 2018, it was announced that Schwarzman gave $25 million to Abington High School, his alma mater.

In October 2018, Schwarzman donated $350 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create the Schwarzman College of Computing.

In June 2019, the University of Oxford announced that Schwarzman had donated £150 million to establish the Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.

Schwarzman announced in February 2020 that he had signed The Giving Pledge, committing to give the majority of his wealth to philanthropic causes.

In October 2020, Schwarzman pledged to give $8 million to the USA Track and Field Foundation in the runup to the 2021 Tokyo and 2024 Paris Olympics.

In December 2021, Schwarzman and his wife Christine gave $25 million to the Animal Medical Center of New York in New York City.

Arthur Serena

Arthur Serena devoted his whole fortune to promote study of

Italy in England, and study of England in Italy

Charles Emil Smith (born Schmidoff)  planned a complex in Rockville for Jewish agencies including the Hebrew Home for the Aged, the Jewish Social Service Agency and the Jewish Community Center. He was a trustee of George Washington University (GWU) from 1967 to 1976 as well as Chairman of the Committee on University Development. The Charles E. Smith Athletic Center at George Washington University is named in his honor. He played a key role in developing GW's branch campus in Loudoun County, Virginia.


Catherine Filene Shouse

Catherine Filene Shouse, received numerous domestic and international honors for her contribution to the arts and she donated the land and provided funding for Virginia's Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. .

James Harris Simons 

James Harris Simons is an American mathematician, billionaire hedge fund manager, and philanthropist.[4] He is the founder of Renaissance Technologies, a quantitative hedge fund based in East Setauket, New York. He and his fund are known to be quantitative investors, using mathematical models and algorithms to make investment gains from market inefficiencies.

In total, Simons has given over $2.7 billion to philanthropic causes. Simons and his second wife, Marilyn Hawrys Simons, co-founded the Simons Foundation in 1994, a charitable organization that supports projects related to education and health, in addition to scientific research. The Simons Foundation established the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) in 2003 as a scientific initiative within the Simons Foundation's suite of programs. SFARI's mission is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

The Simons Foundation supports researches in mathematics and fundamental sciences. He is one of the biggest donors to the University of California, Berkeley, establishing the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing in 2012, and to Berkeley's Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.

The Simons Foundation established the Flatiron Institute in 2016, to house 5 groups of computational scientists (each with 60 or more PhD level researchers). The institute consists of four cores or departments: CCB (Center for Computational Biology), CCA (Center for Computational Astrophysics), CCQ (Center for Computational Quantum mechanics), CCM (Center for Computational Mathematics), and CCN (Center for Computational Neuroscience). The new institute is located in Manhattan and represents a major investment in basic computational science.

In memory of his son Paul who was killed by a car driver while riding a bicycle near the Simons home, he established Avalon Park, a 130-acre (0.53 km2) nature preserve in Stony Brook.

Another son, Nick Simons, drowned at age 24 while on a trip to Bali in Indonesia in 2003. Nick had worked in Nepal. The Simons have become large donors to Nepalese healthcare through the Nick Simons Institute.


In 2006, Simons donated $25 million to Stony Brook University through the Stony Brook Foundation, the largest donation ever to a State University of New York school at the time.[65] On February 27, 2008, then Gov.