Philanthropy 50 Lists Ohioans

March 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm Leave a comment

If you didn’t donate at least $26 million to charities last year, don’t look for your name on the Chronicle’s recently-published Philanthropy 50 list.

Abigail and Les Wexner made the list, at number 21, for their $65 million gift to OSU.

James Wood Williamson

A less-recognized name weighed in at #48, James Wood Williamson, an engineer at a Warren, Ohio company whose estate gave $28 million, mostly to Case Western Reserve University.
Interesting tidbits about America’s 50 most generous philanthropists:

  • The median gift was $61 million
  • Total given was $10.4 billion, up from $3.3 billion in 2010
  • 36% of donations went to higher education
  • 35% went to private foundations
  • 15% went to hospitals, medical centers and research
  • 7% went to museums, libraries and historical preservation entities
  • No one on the 50 list gave a gift of $5 million or more to a social service nonprofit.

Whether they made the list or not, Ohioans are very generous, giving a total of $4.36 billion to their favorite causes and charities in 2009. Let’s celebrate all philanthropy – large, medium and small, through organized philanthropic institutions and less formal means – and its impact in countless communities across the state.


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