Philanthropy Hall of Fame

These great donors, all deceased, changed our nation and the world through their charitable giving. In the entries below we offer historic images and brief biographical narratives that capture the essence of each man and woman, the sources of their fortunes, and the tactics and results of their philanthropy. 

The honorees, nearly three score in number, are organized alphabetically below. But you may re-sort them by any of several particular qualities just by clicking on the relevant button.

Name

Era

Philanthropic Focus

Source of Fortune

Alma Mater

Religion

Hometown

Sex

19th Century
K–12 Education
Inheritance
No College
Congregationalist
Honolulu, Hawaii
Male
20th Century
Local Causes, Free Enterprise
Manufacturing
No College
Presbyterian/None
Milwaukee
Male
19th Century
Arts, Higher Education, Libraries
Manufacturing
No College
Presbyterian/None
Pittsburgh, Pa. / New York, N.Y.
Male
19th Century
Economic Opportunity, Higher Education
Manufacturing
No College
Unitarian
New York, N.Y.
Male
20th Century
Economic Opportunity, Free Enterprise, K-12 Education, Sports, Substance Abuse, Youth
Telecommunications
New Mexico Military Institute
Protestant
Denver, Colo.
Male
19th Century
African Americans, Economic Opportunity, Native Americans, Religion
Inheritance
No College
Catholic
Philadelphia, Pa.
Male
20th Century
Higher Education, Medical, Religion, Youth
Manufacturing, Utilities
Eastman Business College
Methodist
New York, N.Y.
Male
20th Century
Free Enterprise, Higher Education
Oil
No College
Unknown
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Male
20th Century
Arts, Health, Higher Education
Manufacturing
No College
Episcopalian
Rochester, N.Y.
Male
18th Century
Economic Opportunity, Medical
Finance
No College
Quaker
New York, N.Y.
Male
20th Century
Arts, K–12 Education
Retail
University Of California, Berkeley
Jewish
San Francisco, Calif.
Male
20th Century
Public Safety, Veterans
Real Estate
No College
Jewish
New York, N.Y.
Male
20th Century
American History, Medical
Manufacturing
No College
Episcopalian
Detroit, Mich.
Male
18th Century
Economic Opportunity, Health, Higher Education, Libraries, Public Safety
Real Estate
No College
None
Philadelphia, Pa.
Male
19th Century
Higher Education, Women
Inheritance
Female Seminary In New Jersey
Methodist
Baltimore, Md.
Male
20th Century
Arts
Oil
University Of Oxford
Methodist
Guildford, England
Male
18th Century
Economic Opportunity, Medical, Higher Education
Finance
No College
Catholic
Philadelphia, Pa.
Male
20th Century
Arts, Health, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Museums
Inheritance
Yale University
Episcopalian
New York, N.Y.
Male
20th Century
Economic Opportunity, K–12 Education, Youth
Food And Beverage
No College
Mennonite
Hershey, Pa.
Male
20th Century
Religion, Medical
Hotels
New Mexico Tech
Catholic
Dallas, Texas
Male
20th Century
Arts, Health
Inheritance
University Of Texas At Austin
Episcopalian
Houston, Texas
Male
20th Century
Free Enterprise, Higher Education, Public Policy
Mining
Stanford University
Quaker
Palo Alto, Calif.
Male
20th Century
Entrepreneurship, K-12 Education, Substance Abuse
Health And Lifestyle
Kansas City Junior College
Presbyterian
Kansas City, Mo.
Male
20th Century
Animals, Health, Youth
Food And Beverage
No College
Seventh-Day Adventist
Battle Creek, Mich.
Male
20th Century
Economic Opportunity, Religion, Temperance
Retail
Eastman Business College
Methodist
Detroit, Mich.
Male
20th Century
Health, Higher Education, Religion
Health And Lifestyle
Asbury College
Episcopalian
Indianapolis, Ind.
Male
19th Century
Economic Opportunity
Food And Beverage, Real Estate
No College
Unknown
Cincinnati, Ohio
Male
19th Century
Science Research
Finance
Yale
Episcopalian
Tuxedo Park
Male
20th Century
Higher Education
Services
No College
Baptist
Hattiesburg, Miss.
Male
19th Century
Higher Education, International, K-12 Education, Religion
Manufacturing
Genesee Wesleyan Seminary
Methodist
Chicago, Ill.
Male
20th Century
Arts, Higher Education
Finance, Manufacturing
No College
Episcopalian
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Male
19th Century
Arts, Religion, Science
Finance
Yale University
Episcopalian
New York, N.Y.
Male
20th Century
Conservation, Free Enterprise, Higher Education, Public Policy
Manufacturing
Cornell University
Episcopalian
East Hampton, N.Y.
Male
20th Century
Prizes
Hospitality
No College
Catholic
New York, N.Y.
Male
20th Century
Conservation, Public Policy, And Higher Education
Technology
Stanford University
Episcopalian
Palo Alto, Calif.
Male
19th Century
Economic Opportunity, Higher Education, Libraries, Museums
Finance
No College
Unitarian
London, England
Male
19th Century
Arts, Disabilities, Health
Trade
No College
Unitarian
Boston, Mass.
Male
20th Century
Free Enterprise, Public Policy
Oil
Grove City College
Presbyterian
Philadelphia, Pa.
Male
19th Century
Economic Opportunity, Health, Parks
Finance
No College
Episcopalian
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Male
19th Century
Economic Opportunity, Libraries
Finance
No College
Quaker
Baltimore, Md.
Male
19th Century
Economic Opportunity, Health, Higher Education, International, Religion
Oil
Folsom's Business College
Baptist
New York, N.Y.
Male
20th Century
American History, Arts, Conservation, Higher Education, Religion
Inheritance
Brown University
Baptist
New York, N.Y.
Male
20th Century
K–12 Education, Religion
Retail
No College
Jewish
Chicago, Ill.
Male
18th Century
Medicine, Education, Abolition
Medicine
Princeton University, University Of Edinburgh
Christian
Philadelphia
Male
20th Century
Economic Opportunity, Higher Education, Religion, Women
Inheritance
Troy Female Seminary
Presbyterian
New York, N.Y.
Male
19th Century
Health, K-12 Education, Science
Media
Knox College
Episcopalian
San Diego, Calif.
Male
20th Century
Economic Opportunity, Free Enterprise, K-12 Education, Religion, Sports
Finance
Lafayette College
Catholic
Summit, N.J.
Male
20th Century
American History, Arts, Health, Higher Education
Real Estate
University Of Maryland
Jewish
Arlington, Va.
Male
19th Century
Museums
Inheritance
University Of Oxford
Episcopalian
None
Male
19th Century
Higher Education
Railroads
Cazenovia Seminary
Protestant
San Francisco, Calif.
Male
19th Century
Religion, Education, Temperance, Abolition
Silk Merchants
No College
Christian
New York City
Male
20th Century
Free Enterprise, Prizes, Religion, Science
Finance
Yale University, University Of Oxford
Presbyterian
Lyford Cay, Bahamas
Male
19th Century
Health, Religion, Youth
Trade
No College
Jewish
New Orleans, La.
Male
19th Century
Economic Opportunity, Free Enterprise, Higher Education, Public Policy
Manufacturing
No College
Lutheran
Kansas City, Mo.
Male
20th Century
Civil Rights, Public Policy
Health And Lifestyle
No College
African Methodist Episcopal
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Male
20th Century
K–12 Education
Inheritance, Utilities
College Of Wooster
Presbyterian
San Diego, Calif.
Male
18th Century
Higher Education, Religion
Real Estate
No College
Episcopalian
Alexandria, Va.
Male
19th Century
Economic Opportunity, Higher Education
Trade
No College
Quaker
Philadelphia, Pa.
Male