Number of $1 Million-Plus Donors to Obama Foundation Grows

Number of $1 Million-Plus Donors to Obama Foundation Grows

The Obama Foundation has made public the names of its donors and ranges of the amounts contributed through December 31, 2017.

According to the foundation's website, which lists dollar amounts given as cumulative ranges, thirty-one donors either made contributions in the last three months of 2017 that boosted their total giving to the foundation to at least $1 million or formally pledged to do so at some point during the year. New donors in the $1 million-plus range include the Blum-Kovler, Broad, Gates, Ford, Rhimes Family, and Steans Family foundations; the New York Community Trust and the Dolby Family Fund also have contributed or pledged a total of at least $1 million to the foundation. Individual donors at the $1 million-plus level include Reid Hoffman and Giving Pledge signatories Lynne and Marc Benioff and Joe and Rika Mansueto.

Donors who had previously given at least $1 million and contributed again in late 2017 include the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Gift Fund, the Hutchins Family and Lucas Family foundations, and real estate investor Mel Heifetz. Daniel Levin and his wife, Fay Hartog-Levin (who served as U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands during Obama's first term), whose giving totaled between $250,000 and $500,000 as of March 2017, also moved into the $1 million-plus category.

The number of donors who have contributed at least $1 million to the foundation increased to forty-six at the end of 2017, from thirteen as of the end of September. Earlier this month, the foundation unveiled a revised plan for the Obama Presidential Center to be built on Chicago's South Side, a project that is expected to cost $500 million.

"Contributors." Obama Foundation Webpage 01/16/2018. Katherine Skiba. "New $1 Million Obama Foundation Donors Include 'Scandal,' 'Grey's Anatomy' Creator Shonda Rhimes." Chicago Tribune 01/16/2017.