The gift will enable New York Catholic schools to participate in Wilson's Catholic Alumni Partnership program, which was launched with a $2.7 million grant in 2008 to help elementary schools track down their alumni and recruit them as donors.
Wilson, who donated $10,000 to the archdiocese in 1997, made his fortune as a growth-stock investor at his firm, Wilson Associates, where he worked until 1987 when he retired. To date, he has donated more than $550 million of his wealth to charity and plans on giving away 70 percent of it before he dies.
Although Wilson is a self-professed atheist, he believes in Catholic schools. "Most of what the Catholic schools teach are the three Rs [reading, writing and arithmetic]," Wilson told Bloomberg. "And they do it better than the union-controlled inner-city schools."