See Who Donated $100 Million to Charity!

See Who Donated $100 Million to Charity!

Last year, more ridiculously wealthy Americans opened their wallets—wide—to make charitable donations.

According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, 15 individual donors each gave upward of $100 million to charity in 2013—and that only includes publicly announced gifts.


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The biggest gift of the year came from Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan: 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $990 million. The lucky recipient? The Silicon Valley Community Foundation, an organization that administers donations to a variety of nonprofits in the region.

Universities also claimed a significant chunk of dough, with 12 of the 15 donations going to some very fortunate alma maters. Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, gave a cool $350 million to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, his old stomping grounds. Nike chairman Phil Knight and his wife Penelope donated $500 million to the Oregon Health and Science University Foundation.

The Wealthiest Are Feeling More Confident

Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, told CNN Money that the rebound in the stock market prompted these massive donations.

"People are doing well in this market and feel confident parting with this money; they're not as worried that they will regret it down the road," she said.

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The dollar amount of these gifts, however, still sits below pre-recession levels. Last year, gifts greater than $100 million totaled $3.4 billion, compared with $4.1 billion in 2007.

"We're still in recovery mode," Palmer told CNN Money. "[The wealthiest] aren't quite giving as generously as they were before the downturn, but it was still a very strong year."


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