10 Big Givers From Finance You've Probably Never Heard Of

Most of us are pretty familiar with megadonors from finance like Warren Buffett and George Soros, and some names on the next tier of givers down may also ring a bell, like John Arnold and Bill Ackman.

In addition to making headlines with their high-profile philanthropy, these donors also tend to make news for their politics and their business dealings. And with the exception of Buffett, who has chosen to distribute most of his money through the Gates Foundation, most high-profile givers like these have robust foundations that make it easy to see what they are up to, and how to apply for a grant. 

Of course, we do plenty of coverage of these big shots at Inside Philanthropy, but we're positively obsessed with the less well-known philanthropists.

In the U.S. financial industry, even mid-level executives can make multi-million dollar salaries, so it shouldn't be all that surprising to find out that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of donors that most nonprofits are totally unaware of, each giving away hundreds of thousands, millions, even tens of millions of dollars per year.

This is a vast, untapped resource, and we want to make it easy for non-profits to find out who these people are, what causes they support, and most importantly, how to get their attention. 

We've recently added 10 new profiles to our Wall Street Donors guide, and will continue to add more as we dig deeper into financial sector philanthropy. Here are our latest additions, some of which you may be familiar with, and others you may not:

A dual citizen of America and Germany, the cofounder of Alpha Investment Management is a major supporter of museums across the U.S. and Europe. 
 
Fournier partnered with his colleague David Tepper to tackle education in New Jersey, and also gives to animal welfare, veterans, and those with disabilities. 
 
The Quicken Loans founder is a strong supporter of neurofibromatosis research, a condition which affects his eldest son, and does a lot of giving in the Detroit and Cleveland communities. 
 
The Bank of Oklahoma owner keeps most of his giving local, with most of it going toward education. On a national scale, he supports several progressive policy organizations. 
 
A lesser-known cofounder of Bloomberg, L.P., MacMillan gives mainly to health and higher education, and has ramped up his giving significantly since signing the Giving Pledge. 
 
The U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, who made his fortune at Goldman Sachs, is a strong supporter of environmental causes, including conservation and climate change. 
 
Hank's wife Wendy has the more active role in the couple's philanthropy, chairing the foundation they co-founded, Bobolink. 
 
The cofounder of the Golden West Financial Corporation, Sandler has already dedicated more than half his fortune to charity, most notably to progressive causes, and plans to move a lot more out the door.
 
Sanford has said he wants to "die broke," and has already distributed at least half his fortune, primarily to improve health and education for children. 
 
This Bloomberg, L.P cofounder has a very well-rounded giving portfolio, giving to organizations in the arts, education, health, and combating poverty. 
 
Check out our full list of profiles here
 
Also stay tuned for our upcoming list of the most generous financial philanthropists. You may be surprised to see who tops the list. Hint: it's not Soros, Bloomberg, or Buffett.