Obama Foundation Discloses 2019 First-Quarter Contributions

Obama Foundation Discloses 2019 First-Quarter Contributions

The Chicago-based Obama Foundation has disclosed the names of and general amounts contributed by its donors during the first quarter of 2019, including gifts from foreign donors.

According to the foundation's website, which lists cumulative contributions in dollar amount ranges, donors who made new cash contributions or commitments of at least $1 million between January 1 and March 31, 2019, include the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Joan Harris, a 2013 recipient of the National Medal of Arts, through the Irving Harris Foundation; the Colleen & Bradley Bell Charitable Foundation, co-founded by former U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell; the Schlosstein Hartley Foundation, co-founded by former U.S. ambassador to France and Monaco Jane Hartley; and Dropbox CEO Andrew Houston. 

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that AT&T designated its $1 million contribution for three programs targeting Chicago youth — the Obama Foundation Community Leadership Corps, the Obama Youth Jobs Corps, and the My Brother's Keeper Alliance.  

The first foreign donor in the $1 million-plus category was Tony Fernandes, a Malaysian entrepreneur and founder of AirAsia, while Rumi Verjee, a member of the British House of Lords and proprietor and chair of Thomas Goode and Co., committed to giving between $100,001 to $250,000 through the Rumi Foundation. While the foundation received and disclosed donations from foreign individuals for the first time, it maintains a policy of not accepting contributions from foreign governments.

"Contributors." Obama Foundation Webpage 04/16/2019. Lynn Sweet. "Obama Foundation Accepts First Foreign Contributions." Chicago Sun-Times 04/16/2019.