Donald Trump

NET WORTH: $3.1 billion

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Real Estate, Television

FUNDING AREAS: Health, Human Services, NYC Community, Veterans

OVERVIEW: Donald Trump used to conduct some of his grantmaking through the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which has a limited web presence and is dissolving. The foundation recently made around $3 million in grants. Grantmaking involves modest sums to a number of different organizations with grants. New York City and Florida are significant sites of philanthropy. Grantmaking has also involved the charities of other celebrities.

BACKGROUND:  Donald J. Trump was born in Queens, New York in 1946. His father was a real estate developer who built and operated apartments in New York City. Trump went to New York Military Academy, Fordham University, and later, Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in 1968 with a degree in economics. Trump worked with his father during the summers and then joined his father's company, Elizabeth Trump & Son, after graduating. In 1971, Trump took control of the company, which he later renamed the Trump Organization. In 1980, he opened the Grand Hyatt, which made him the city's best known developer. In 2004, Trump starred in the hit NBC reality series The Apprentice, and later The Celebrity Apprentice. In 2017, Trump became the 45th President of the United States.


HEALTH: Trump has given modest sums to a number of national health organizations such as American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, Alliance for Lupus Research, Autism Speaks, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Achilles International, and more. One particular health cause does not appear to be favored over any other. It is worth noting, though, that in 2011, Trump and his siblings gave a $1 million grant to support and name the Institute for Implant Analysis at the Hospital for Special Surgery, which treated Trump's parents. 

HUMAN SERVICES: Last decade, Trump gave at least $1 million to the United Way. He has supported Central Iowa Shelter & Services, Citymeals-on-Wheels and the National Network to End Domestic Violence, among others.

NYC COMMUNITY: Trump gives grants to New York City organizations such as the New York City Police Foundation, Ronald McDonald House of New York, and New Yorkers For Parks, among others. It is worth noting that he also gives sums to Florida organizations, with a handful of grants going to Palm Beach and other areas.

VETERANS: Trump announced that he was donating $1.1 million of his own personal money to Marine Corps—Law Enforcement Foundation. He also helped net $4.5 million for some two dozen veterans groups including American Hero Adventures in Eugene, Oregon, which provides "stress relieving, and bonding activities to the combat wounded... and their families"; Navy Seal Foundation; and Veterans Airlift Command. Via his foundation, he has supported places like Vietnam Veterans Workshop, Veterans in Command, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and Amvets National Service Foundation. 

OTHER: Trump has given assorted sums to other celebrity charities such as the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, which deals with domestic violence. Other Trump philanthropy has been contradictory at times, such as his support of Gay Men's Health Crisis and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which has decried the influence of the "gay lobby." 

LOOKING FORWARD: The modest sums moving out of the Donald J. Trump Foundation pale in comparison to his wealth. It is possible, though, that Trump does give through other avenues. Trump's son, Eric, on the other hand, regularly moves quite a bit of money through his foundation.

It is worth noting that per a recent 990, the Donald J. Trump Foundation announced its intent to dissolve and states that it is "seeking approval to distribute its remaining funds to highly qualified and important charities."


The Donald Trump Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch but below is an address

The Donald J. Trump Foundation
60 Crossways Park Dr., No. 301
Woodbury, NY 11797