Marcus Foundation Awards $25 Million to Magen David Adom

American Friends of Magen David Adom has received a $25 million gift from the Atlanta-based Marcus Foundation, the Cleveland Jewish News reports.

The gift will help Magen David Adom, Israel's national ambulance, blood services, and disaster relief organization, build a new blood center, to be named the Marcus National Blood Services Center. To date, MDA has raised $72 million toward its $115 million campaign goal for the facility.

"We are overwhelmingly indebted to the Marcus Foundation for their remarkable generosity in making the largest gift in AFMDA's history," said David M. Frankel, chief executive of American Friends of MDA. "It speaks to MDA's critical role in Israel as one of the country's most important national organizations. But it also recognizes the leadership and vision of the Marcus family, and other donors like them, who have taken meaningful action to help alleviate the daily threat faced by Israelis."