David and Jacqueline Simon

NET WORTH: Unknown 

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Simon Property Group 

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Community, Education & Youth, Religious, Israel

OVERVIEW: David Simon and his wife Jacqueline move their philanthropy through the David E. Simon and Jacqueline S. Simon Charitable Foundation, which gave away around $4.3 million in a recent year. The couple supports a range of interests, but they do channel funds to select Jewish organizations annually. 

BACKGROUND: David E. Simon graduated with a B.S. from Indiana University in 1983 and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1985. He worked at First Boston and was a vice president of Wasserstein Perella & Co. He joined Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, the world's largest publicly-traded real estate company engaged primarily in the ownership, development, and management of retail real estate. He's been on the Forbes billionaire list. 

ISSUES:

COMMUNITY: Grantees include American Jewish Committee, UJA Federation of New York, The Jewish Museum, Jewish Heritage Commission, and Jewish Caring Network, which is an "organization dedicated to providing a full range of support services to families facing life-threatening, lifelong, and serious illnesses while preserving their privacy and their dignity."

EDUCATION & YOUTH: Grantees include Birthright Israel Foundation and Hillel at UPenn.

RELIGIOUS: The couple recently directed a seven-figure gift to Park Avenue Synagogue—the Simons have a home on Park Avenue in Manhattan. Other grantees include Congregation Beth-El Zedeck.

ISRAEL: Grantees include American Society for  Yad Vashem, American Friends of the Rambam Medical Center, and Women's International Zionist Organization, a "non-profit women's organization of volunteers in over 50 countries working together to improve the lives of women, children and the elderly living in Israel."

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Simons' giving to continue tracking with their interest areas. The Simons have five children, who may eventually direct the next generation of the wealthy family's giving. 

CONTACT:

The foundation accepts proposals at the address below:

David E. Simon and Jacqueline S. Simon Charitable Foundation
P.O. Box 78394
Indianapolis, In 46278