Every time the NBA fines Dallas Mavericks owner and tech mogul Mark Cuban, he matches that fine with a charitable donation. So far, that's amounted to $1.9 million in giving, with the latest donation going the iBellieve Foundation, which raises money to search for a cure for a rare condition known as Mucopolysacharridosis, or Hunter syndrome.
If Sean Parker is really serious about funding cancer research, and especially immunotherapy work, it matters a lot to people in this field -- now just now, but potentially for a long time to come. And all signs suggest that he is very, very serious.
The latest $540 million gift from one billionaire’s estate has brought the trust’s total philanthropy for cancer research to $2.5 billion. One of the largest single contributions to fighting the disease, funds will yield flexible, ongoing support for six of the nation’s top research universities—each with its own focus for preventing and treating cancer—at a time when many are struggling to maintain their funding.
Lee Iacocca’s legacy will mostly likely ride on the Dodge Caravan, the Mustang, the K-Car, or maybe even the Ford Pinto. But in his later years, Iacocca has dedicated himself to a far more personal and weighty cause—a cure for type 1 diabetes. His foundation just put out its latest call for new research proposals.
Under the umbrella of Michael Milken's philanthropic empire, Faster Cures is using a variety of strategies to make medical research happen faster. One such example of these efforts is found in The Research Acceleration & Innovation Network (TRAIN). TRAIN provides a platform for collaboration and networking in order to facilitate medical research.
During his years in finance, Michael Milken was famously a young man in a hurry. Milken's rushing paid off: he was making $5 million year by the age of 30.
Milken is in no less a hurry as a philanthropist. Among other things, he hopes he can make medicine itself move more quickly.
Irene Pollin founded Sister to Sister in 1999 to address the disaparities between how men and women receive preventative care and treatment for heart disease. The foundation recognizes that heart disease kills more women than stroke, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and breast cancer combined.
In 2010, Eli and Edythe Broad were among the world's wealthiest people to sign the Giving Pledge. In their letter, the Broads vowed to give away 75% of their wealth in their lifetimes. And the Broad are making good on their promise. Of the many areas to which the couple has donated through their foundation, medical and scientific research is huge focus.