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: