NET WORTH: $1.3 billion estimated
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Garden Homes Development; Minnesota Vikings
JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Education, Community, Israel, Religious, Holocaust Remembrance
OVERVIEW: Mark Wilf and his wife Jane support the Jewish community via their Mark and Jane Wilf Family Foundation, founded last decade. The Wlifs also give in conjunction with other Wilf family members through several charities that strongly support the Jewish community in the United States and Israel. Mark and Jane sit on the board of governors of Hillel International and key on Jewish education.
BACKGROUND: Mark earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, and later graduated from New York University School of Law before becoming a principal in the family business, Garden Homes Development. Wilf is also president and owner of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.
FUNDING PROFILE: When Mark Wilf was in his early 20s, he accompanied his father Joseph to Poland and Russia. Wilf describes the powerful experience, "The two weeks were an eye-opener. I knew my parents were survivors, but I didn't know many of the specifics. I was struck by the fact that there were no Jews left in their towns, despite the fact that they had previously been thriving centers of Jewish life. At that moment, I became determined to spare no effort to ensure the safety and security of the Jewish people."
Wilf and his wife Jane support the Jewish community via their Mark and Jane Wilf Foundation. The foundation's grantmaking doesn't only go to the Jewish community, but they've supported Jewish-oriented outfits like Golda Och Academy, Simon Wiesenthal Center, American Friends of Jordan River, Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education in Ohio, Kushner Hebrew Academy, and Vanderbilt Hillel. The Wilfs are strongly supportive of Holocaust remembrance outfits and the family are among the largest financial supporters of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial and research center in Israel.
Wilf is a trustee of Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and was appointed by JFNA to lead an initiative that addresses needs of impoverished Holocaust survivors living in the United States. Wilf and Jane sit also on the board of governors of Hillel International. Though not an alum, Wilf also recently joined the board of Vanderbilt University.
Meanwhile, Wilf's alma mater Princeton is another important site of philanthropy. The couple gave a $5 million gift last decade to fund the construction of Wilf Hall, a new dormitory in Butler College, and to establish the Jane and Mark Wilf ’84 and Wilf Family Fund for Jewish Life to support programming in the Center for Jewish Life (CJL). The couple continues to support Princeton via their foundation.
Mark Wilf also gives in conjunction with other family members, including his father Joseph and older brother Zygi. (Read our profiles of Zygi Wilf and Joseph Wilf for a full overview of this family's extensive philanthropy.)
LOOKING FORWARD: The younger Wilf brother should be watched carefully in the coming decades for continued steady support of the Jewish community.
Mark Wilf does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below are addresses:
Mountainside, NJ 07092
Mountainside, NJ 07092
820 Morris Tpke.
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Wilf Family Foundation