It's hard enough to take care of a healthy baby. Babies born prematurely or with obvious health difficulties, however, present additional uncertainties, questions, and challenges for parents. With a $1 million gift to St. Luke's Hospital in Missouri, the Saigh Foundation hopes to support families with infants in the neonatal special care nursery.
Richard O. Jacobson has earned and given away his money very quietly. But his recent pledge of $100 million to the Mayo Clinic -- the largest ever by a living person — is sure to gather some attention.
We all know that the redneck roots of Dan Whitney, better known as Larry the Cable Guy, run deep, but who knew that his philanthropy had such deep pockets? In fact, Larry the Cable guy was just outside of the top 10 celebrity donors in 2010, giving $1.2 million to charity — surprising coming from a man who portrays himself as a beer swilling, dim-witted hillbilly.
In Michigan, you're either green or blue. Alfred A. Taubman — billionaire philanthropist, convicted felon, and University of Michigan drop-out — is blue through and through. The fact that Taubman has a criminal record made a few University of Michigan officials a bit prickly when he made his $56 million donation to U of M's Medical School in 2011. Convicted felon or not, the U of M Board of Regents took the money, effectively telling all of those opposed to deal with it.