John and Ginger Sall

NET WORTH: $5 billion


FUNDING AREAS: Health, Education, Environment, and Community Development

OVERVIEW: John Sall, a signatory to the Giving Pledge, is a strong supporter of STEM education. Through the Sall Family Foundation, he and his wife, Ginger, have also demonstrated a strong interest in health and the environment.

BACKGROUND: John Sall is the co-founder and executive vice president of the largest privately held software company in the world, SAS Institute Inc., but he still thinks of himself as no more than a "statistical software developer. 


ENVIRONMENT: The Salls are longtime supporters of the Nature Conservancy and even served on the organization's board of governors for nine years. They are also staunch supporters of the World Wildlife Fund. SAS has also supported Duke University, where Sall's wife sits on the board of advisors for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. 

HEALTH & HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS: The family are major donors to the Pan American Health Organization, which mobilizes partnerships to improve health and quality of life in the Americas, working with government agencies and nonprofit organizations. 

The couple has steadily supported CARE USA, an organization that provides disaster relief and fights poverty throughout the world. Ginger serves on the boards of CARE USA and CARE International. Other grantees have included Kickstart International, Hope Through Health, and Possible Health, an NGO "that delivers healthcare vis-à-vis public-private partnership agreements with the Government of Nepal."

EDUCATION: The Salls co-founded Cary Academy in 1996. The Cary Academy is a private school that integrates technology into its entire curriculum to prepare students for the 21st century. The school features smaller class sizes and emphasizes the use of technology in the classroom as a part of its strong focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Upon enrollment, students are issued tablet computers. Before tablets, they were given laptops. The school's model has been adopted by a number of schools throughout North Carolina.

In addition, through SAS, Sall has guided the donations of tens of millions of dollars into education programs throughout North Carolina. These programs include the Triangle High Five, which supports "the development and sustainability of professional learning communities within the North Carolina Triangle Region and across the state."


  • John Phillip Sall, Chairman, Sall Family Foundation, 201 Vineyard Lane, Cary, NC 27513-3067, 919-677-8000

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