Biggest Living Donors Have Given $84.7 Billion Since 2000

The biggest living donors in each state and the District of Columbia have given a total of more than $84.7 billion since 2000, with amounts ranging from the $5 million given by North Dakotans Rodney and Carolyn Paseka to the more than $46 billion pledged by Nebraskan Warren Buffett, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.

Based on the Chronicle's Philanthropy 50 data and online gifts database, the state-by-state ranking of the biggest donors includes Gordon and Betty Moore ($6.3 billion) in California, Michael R. Bloomberg ($3.8 billion) in New York, Pierre and Pam Omidyar ($1.7 billion) in Hawai'i, John and Laura Arnold ($1.5 billion) in Texas, Ted Turner (at least $1.2 billion) in Georgia, T. Denny Sanford (more than $1.1 billion) in South Dakota, H.F. "Gerry" and Marguerite Lenfest (more than $1 billion) in Pennsylvania, Jon and Karen Huntsman (at least $917.2 million) in Utah, David M. Rubenstein ($434.4 million) in Maryland, Phillip and Patricia Frost ($170 million) in Florida, Ray and Barbara Dalio in Connecticut ($87.1 million), and David and Barbara Green and family ($70 million) in Oklahoma — all of whom have pledged to give at least half their wealth to philanthropic causes as part of the Giving Pledge campaign started by Buffett and the top donors in Washington state, Bill and Melinda Gates ($13.4 billion).

Other top donors include Phil and Penny Knight ($1.8 billion) in Oregon, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson (at least $375.8 million) in Nevada, Jon Stryker ($336.3 million) in Michigan, and Oprah Winfrey (at least $302.5 million) in Illinois, and Roxanne Quimby (about $94 million) in Maine.

Maria Di Mento. "From Alaska to Florida: The Biggest Living Donors in Every State." Chronicle of Philanthropy 06/20/2017.