Real estate has always been one of the most powerful engines of wealth creation in the country. Today, developers, builders, and real estate owners are among the nation's richest people and a growing number of them are turning to philanthropy. As in our other donor categories, please note that while most of these real estate fortunes were amassed by men, spouses frequently drive and shape the family's philanthropy. This guide is updated regularly with new profiles and new information. 

DONORS

SHELDON AND MIRIAM ADELSON

Robust levels of philanthropy by the casino mogul and his wife go to Jewish causes—many in Israel—medical research, and drug addiction treatment and research.

GEORGE AND JULIA ARGYROS

Funding areas include education and youth, health, human services, arts and culture, global, and religious causes. Major gifts have gone to institutions in Southern California.

DAVID AND MADELEINE ARNOW

The Arnow Family Fund currently focuses on four areas: Peace and Conflict Resolution/Civil and Human Rights; Education, Innovation, and Design for Sustainability; Arts and Media; Human Health.

JOHN ARRILLAGA

Funding interests include education and youth, and the Bay Area community. Major gifts have gone to Stanford University for university projects and scholarships.

ROBERT AND CHRISTINA BAKER

The Bakers have given millions to Yale University and Yale Law School, where several family members have studied. Arts and culture, Jewish causes, and health are interests.

DENNIS BERMAN

Funding topics include Jewish causes, with focus on Maryland, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Israel. Health funding includes Gaucher disease research.

STEVE BING

Funds have gone to environmental organizations, notably the National Resources Defense Council, and to human services causes. Bing has strongly supported the Democratic party.

STANLEY BLACK

Funding areas include Israel and Jewish life, health care and medical research, mental health services, children's charities and education, homeless services, veterans, environmental beautification and community gardens.

JEFF AND LISA JACOBS BLAU

Grants have gone to education and youth, health, the New York City community. Strong support has gone to Mt. Sinai, home to the Blau Center for Children's Cancer and Blood Disease. 

NEIL G. BLUHM

Support goes to arts and culture, education and youth, health, Jewish causes, and the Chicago community. Bluhm is a major art collector and that shows up in his philanthropy.

DONALD BREN

Funding areas include education, conservation, and various fields of research. Major gifts include $40 million to an enrichment program in the Irvine (California) Unified School District and $20 million to University of California Irvine Law School. 

WARREN L. BRESLOW

The CEO of Goldrich and Kest and family fund Jewish causes, health and human services, arts and culture, and education and youth. Los Angeles is a frequent region of giving.

DANIEL AND ESTRELLITA BRODSKY

Funding areas include arts and culture, education and youth, and health and human services. The arts are a major interest, particularly Latin American art.

ROBERT E. BUCHANAN

The Buchanan family’s philanthropy does not appear to have a sharp focus but several recent grants have gone to environmental organizations. The mid-Atlantic states and Oregon are areas of giving.

JOHN AND JACOLYN BUCKSBAUM

Giving interests include education and youth (including early childhood development,) Jewish causes, arts and culture, athletics, health, the Chicago community, and the Aspen community. 

LUIGI CAIOLA AND SEAN MCGILL

In addition to his real estate business, Caiola is a Tony Award-winning theater producer and a film producer.  Funding has focused on arts and culture. 

RICK AND TINA CARUSO

Funding areas include education and youth, human services and health, religious.

JOHN AND MARGO CATSIMATIDIS

Interests include education and youth, Greek and Russian community, health, veterans, and law enforcement.

JOE AND TRINA CAYRE

The couple’s giving strongly focuses on Jewish causes, particularly Jewish schools, as well as community and religious organizations.

MICHAEL AND SHIRLEY CAYRE

The Cayre’s philanthropy almost exclusively focuses on Jewish causes, including grantees in Israel.

STEVE AND SUSAN CHAMBERLIN

Funding focuses on education and youth. Since 2006, the Chamberlin's foundation has contributed more than $5 million to support students in Richmond and the surrounding West Contra Costa public schools, in the Bay Area.

HARRY CONANT JR.

Philanthropy focuses on justice, with support for organizations that address racial, economic, and gender justice. 

SEAN CONLON

Funding areas have included the environment and animals. Conlon is involved in civic life in his hometown of Chicago but the current status of his charity is unclear.

MILTON COOPER

Funding goes to Jewish causes (particularly American Jewish Committee and American Israel Education Foundation,) health and human services, and education and youth. 

BILL AND JOYCE CUMMINGS

Their Cummings Foundation is one of the largest charitable outfits in New England. There's a strong focus on Boston and several nearby communities. 

EDWARD AND CYNTHIA DEBARTOLO

Interests include education and youth, health and human services, arts and culture, and the Tampa Bay community. Grantmaking is focused on the Tampa Bay area.

J. PHILIP AND JENNIFER DINAPOLI

Funds have gone to education and youth, arts and culture, human services, and religious causes. The San Jose, Calif., native gives in the Bay Area. Nephew Matthew DiNapoli is also a philanthropist.

MATTHEW AND GRETCHEN DINAPOLI

Funding areas include education and youth, health and human services, arts, and religious causes. The Bay Area is a region of focus.  

RONALD M. DRUKER

Funding interests include education and youth, and arts and culture. The family's giving focuses on the Boston area.

FREDERICK AND DIANA ELGHANAYAN

Funding areas include human services, arts and culture, education and youth, and Jewish causes. New York City is a top area of giving.

K. THOMAS AND MADELINE ELGHANAYAN

Funding areas include health, education and youth, arts and culture, and Jewish causes. New York City is a top region of giving.

PETER AND VIVIAN FALCO

The Falcos recently established a family foundation and giving has been modest so far, with interests including education and youth, health and human services, and arts and culture. 

MICHAEL AND ELIZABETH FASCITELLI

The family foundation supports education and youth, health, arts and culture, human services, and the environment. New York City figures prominently in their giving.

CLAYTON F. FOULGER

The Foulger family’s giving has focused on education in recent years.

ALAN AND DAVEEN FOX

Funding areas include education and youth, youth philanthropy. Music and music education are topics of interest.

AMY GOLDMAN FOWLER

The New York real estate family's Sol Goldman Charitable Foundation gives millions annually. Topics include education and youth, Jewish causes, health and human services. Amy has particular expertise and interest in plant conservation. 

DAVID AND LINDA FRANKEL

Funding areas include education and youth, arts and culture, health and human services. 

JANE AND ALLAN GOLDMAN

The New York real estate family's Sol Goldman Charitable Foundation gives millions annually. Topics include education and youth, Jewish causes, health and human services. 

JAMES F. GOLDSTEIN

Goldstein made his fortune developing office real estate in Los Angeles. He is a big supporter of the arts, and has promised his architecturally significant home and its contents to Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

DANIEL F. GORDON

Gordon is from Philadelphia and focuses giving on the community, including education and youth, arts and culture, and human services.

STEVEN GORDON

Interests include Jewish causes, education and youth, and health. Los Angeles is Gordon's main region of giving. 

JEFF GREENE AND MEI SZE CHAN

Funding areas include the Florida community, policy, Jewish causes, and the arts. But the philanthropy of this Giving Pledge couple has been hard to track recently, so grantmaking will likely come into greater focus in coming months and years. 

HAROLD GRINSPOON AND DIANE TRODERMAN

Grants go to Jewish causes, education, farming, and energy and entrepreneurship. Western Massachusetts, Southern Vermont, and Israel are focus areas, but grants go nationally as well. 

SPENCER B. HABER

Haber's H/3 Foundation is focused on animals and the environment, providing financial and participatory support to animal welfare organizations worldwide.

ERIC HADAR

Funding interests include education and youth, health and human services, Jewish causes.

MEL HEIFETZ

Heifetz is a longtime leading supporter of LGBT causes. He recently gave $16 million to the GLBT Fund of America.

ROBERT HELD, JOSEPH HELD, AND MELISSA HELD BORDY

The three siblings support Jewish causes, education, health and human services, humanitarian and global causes, environment and civil rights causes, and arts and cuture. 

ABE AND NAVA HIRSCH

The Hirsch family primarily funds Jewish causes, including educational and community organizations.

WOODY AND GAYLE HUNT

Funding interests include healthcare, education, arts and culture, human services, and economic development. Grants concentrate on the Paso del Norte region, comprising El Paso County, TX, Doña Ana County, NM, Otero County, NM, and Cuidad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

BERL JACOBOWITZ

Jacobowitz primarily funds Jewish causes. His foundation promotes practice of the orthodox Jewish religion.

ISAAC JACOBOWITZ

Jacobowitz focuses his philanthropy on Jewish causes, particularly in Brooklyn.

STEAVEN AND JUDITH JONES

Philanthropy focuses include education and youth, religious causes, health and human services, arts and media. Los Angeles is a region of giving. 

WAYNE JORDAN AND QUINN DELANEY

Racial justice is a major interest. The couple's Akonadi Foundation is focused on the Oakland and Bay Area communities and works to eliminate structural racism.

SONNY KALSI

Kalsi is interested in education, particularly literacy, and is involved with nonprofits in New York, India, and Africa.

BRUCE AND LILLY TARTIKOFF KARATZ

Funding areas include education and youth, health, and arts and culture. Giving focuses on Southern California.

STEPHEN AND JILL KARP

Support involves health, education, youth and human services, arts and culture, and Jewish causes. Boston and Nantucket are top regions of giving.

DIANE KEMPER

One of the four siblings of the Goldman real estate family, Diane has also given through the Diane Kemper Fund, though the fund's status is unclear. Funding interests include education and youth, mental health, and policy. 

ROBERT AND ARLENE KOGOD

Philanthropy appears to ramping up from these Giving Pledge signatories. Interests include Jewish causes, education and youth, arts and culture, and health. 

CHARLES AND SERYL KUSHNER

Funding areas include Jewish causes, education, and health and human services.  

RICHARD AND KAREN LEFRAK

Funding interests include arts and culture, health, and education and youth. Arts giving focuses on cultural programs that sustain and encourage literary, performing and visual arts.  

TED AND ANNETTE LERNER

Interests include education and youth, health and human services, Jewish causes, and arts and culture. The Mid-Atlantic is a region of focus.

MICHAEL AND PATRICIA LEVITT

Funding areas include education and youth, including scholarships, animals, and health. 

ROBERT AND BARBARA LIBERMAN

Funding goes to education and youth, animals and environment, and arts and culture. Other interests are health, and employment training for women.

JOHN AND PAULA LILLARD

Education and youth, arts and culture, human services and health, environment, and policy are interests. The family has strong roots in Lake Forest, Illinois, and much of their philanthropy focuses on the community.

HUMBERTO AND CZARINA LOPEZ

Funding areas include health, education and youth, and welfare. Giving focuses on the Tuscon, Arizona, region. 

RICHARD AND MELANIE LUNDQUIST

The Lundquists are notable champions and top funders of public schools and education causes in Los Angeles, and also support cultural and healthcare institutions, such as the Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

GEORGE AND JUDY MARCUS

Funding interests include education and youth, religious, work related to Greece, health, and arts and culture. Support has gone to the Bay Area, including San Francisco State University.

ANNE WELSH MCNULTY

Funding areas include education and leadership, arts and culture, health, humanitarian and youth causes. Women's leadership is a particular interest.

MOSHE MEHLMAN

Support from the Mehlman family focuses on the Jewish community, particularly in the New York City area.

ARTHUR AND MIRIAM MEISELS

The Meisels are laser-focused on Jewish causes, giving to various Jewish educational, religious, and social service organizations. They live in Brooklyn and keep a low profile.

DAVID AND LAURA MERAGE

Giving interests include arts and culture, community development, early childhood education, and Jewish causes. 

ADAM AND GILA MILSTEIN

The Israeli-born Milstein, a partner at Hager Pacific Properties, and his wife are strong funders of Jewish causes, as well as health, and policy causes.

PHILIP AND CHERYL MILSTEIN

The Milsteins' PLM Foundation supports education and youth, Jewish causes, arts and culture, and health and human services. 

BEN MOSS III

The Moss family’s philanthropy focuses on health, and arts and culture. The family has directed funds to Mount Sinai, Newberger Museum of Art, and Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

LINDA NORDSTROM

The Nordstrom family supports education and youth, arts and culture, and health and human services, all with a primary focus on the Seattle area.

RONALD AND JOY PAUL

The family has consistently supported health causes, particularly kidney disease research.

RICHARD AND MIMI PEERY

Funding areas include youth and families, the Bay Area community, and global development. The family has been in the Bay Area for four generations and is an important funder in the region.

ANDREW AND SHANNON PENSON

Funding focuses on a mix of Jewish causes, particularly in the New York City area.

JORGE AND DARLENE PEREZ

Funds have gone to arts and culture, health and human services, education and youth causes. South Florida is a region of focus. 

H. ROSS PEROT JR. AND SARAH FULLINWIDER PEROT

Funding areas include education, arts and culture, the environment and preservation, religious causes, health and human services, and global needs.

BILL AND LIA POORVU

Giving focuses on the Northeast, particularly Boston. Interests include arts and culture, education and youth, and health.

PREM PURI

Funding interests include global causes in India and East Africa.

JEROME AND PHYLLIS RAPPAPORT

Support has gone to public policy, health, and arts causes. Public issues in the Boston area are an area of focus.

ALBERT AND AUDREY RATNER

Funding areas include education and youth, Jewish and religious causes, the arts, healthcare, and anti-poverty work.   

JOSEPH RAZORE

The Razore family supports education and youth, and has focused on the Seattle area.

ELIHU AND SUSAN ROSE

Funding areas include arts and culture, health and human services, education and youth, and Jewish causes. Much of their giving is in New York City.

JONATHAN F.P. AND DIANA ROSE

Through their Lostand Foundation, the Roses fund causes in social action, land conservation, sustainable development, arts and culture, and education and youth. They also help steer the arts-and-culture-focused Frederick P and Sandra P Rose Foundation.

JONATHAN AND JEANETTE ROSEN

The Rosens give through the Abner Rosen Foundation, supporting arts and culture, Jewish causes, and education and youth. Rosen is a leading collector of coins and ancient art, and some giving focuses on those areas.

EDWARD AND GAYLE ROSKI

Funding areas include education and youth, family, health, violence prevention, and veterans.

STEPHEN M. ROSS

The owner of the Miami Dolphins supports education, health, and sustainability. He's given hundreds of millions to the University of Michigan.

STEVEN AND DARYL ROTH

Funds go to education and youth, Jewish causes, arts and culture, and health. 

STEVEN AND ROBIN ROTTER

Giving strongly prioritizes Jewish organizations in the New York City area. Other funding interests include policy education and youth, and health and human services causes. 

JOSEPH AND VICKY SAFRA

Safra and family mainly support Jewish causes in the U.S., Israel, and around the world, with additional giving for health and medicine.

DARIUS AND CYRUS SAKHAI

The Sakhai brothers primarily fund Jewish causes, with some giving for arts and culture, health, and education.

ARTHUR AND PAMELA SANDERS

Funding areas include arts and culture, health and human services, education, and policy. The couple are avid art collectors and give to many arts institutions.

DWIGHT AND MARSHA SCHAR

Support has gone to education and youth, and health causes. The Mid-Atlantic, Ohio, and Palm Beach, Fla., are regions of focus. 

LEWIS AND BARBARA SHRENSKY

The Shrensky couple’s philanthropy focuses on Jewish causes and education.

STEPHEN AND SUSAN SILK

Areas of support include health, education and youth, human services, and religious causes. The Silks are regular USC supporters.

DAVID AND JACQUELINE SIMON

Major donations have gone to Columbia Business School and Riley Hospital for Children. Other funding areas include Jewish causes, human services, arts and culture, and the Indiana community. 

HERBERT SIMON

Support has gone to education and youth, environment and animals, arts and culture, Jewish causes, and the Indiana community. Social justice in various spheres is an interest.

JOHN AND SUSAN SOBRATO

Funding areas include education and youth, health and human services, and the Bay Area community. Many grants go to Silicon Valley.

SHELDON AND MIA FONSSAGRIVES SOLOW

Funding goes to arts and culture, health, Jewish causes, education and youth, and the environment. New York City is a focus.

JERRY SPEYER AND KATHERINE FARLEY

Support goes to arts and culture, education and youth, and health. Much of their giving is in New York City.

DONALD AND SHELLY STERLING

Interests include education and youth, health and human services, and Jewish causes. Specific topics include poverty, homelessness, education, and literacy for at-risk children in Los Angeles and Southern California. 

LEONARD AND ALLISON STERN

Interests include education and youth, human services and homelessness, and environmental causes. The New York City area is in focus.

ROBERT AND SUSAN SULENTIC

Funding interests include health and human services, education and youth, animals, global, and religious causes.

JEFF SUTTON

Philanthropy focuses on Jewish organizations in New York and to education causes, including the Wharton School. 

TAD TAUBE

Funds go to the Bay Area community and to Jewish causes in the U.S., Israel, and Poland.  

JONATHAN AND LIZZIE TISCH

Funding interests for this branch of the philanthropic Tisch family include education and youth, health and human services, arts and culture, and Jewish causes. Major grantees include Tufts University and Jewish Communal Fund.

WILMA TISCH

The wife of the late Laurence Tisch and mother of sons Andrew, Daniel, James, and Thomas, (all givers themselves) funds education and youth, Jewish causes, health, and arts and culture.

DAN AND SHERYL TISHMAN

The Tishmans focus the majority of their philanthropy on climate change, land conservation, and human health.

JOHN LEMBERG USDAN

The Lemberg Foundation has been around since 1945. Recent support has gone to arts and culture, Jewish causes, and education and youth. Weslyen University is a big recipient. 

D. MICHAEL AND CLAIRE VAN KONYNENBURG

Support has gone to education and youth, religious causes, and health and human services. They've funded several educational and religious institutions in Los Angeles and Southern California.

LEON WAGNER

Support goes to Jewish causes, education and youth, and health. Much of his funding goes to organizations in New York City.

DAVID AND JANE WALENTAS

The New York real estate developer and family support education and youth, arts and culture, and civic development. Brooklyn and New York City are areas in focus.  

TY WARNER

Top funding interests include arts and culture, education and youth, and health and human services. 

DAVID AND BONNIE WEEKLEY

Interests include education and youth, religious, human services, and global development causes. Much of the couple's grantmaking embraces the Christian faith.  

STEPHAN AND ROBERTA WEINER

Support has gone to education and youth, health, and Jewish causes. Giving centers on the Boston area, particularly schools and hospitals.

MARK AND JANE WILF

Funding interests include Jewish causes in the U.S. and Israel, education and youth, health and human services, and arts and culture. They also give in conjunction with other family members.

ZYGMUNT AND AUDREY WILF

Funding areas include Jewish causes, health and human services, education and youth, and arts and culture. They sometimes give in conjunction with other family members. New York and New Jersey are regions of interest. 

DENNIS AND SHANNON WONG

Funding areas include education and youth, arts and culture, health and human services, and environmental causes. The Bay Area is a focus.

GARY AND LARK YOUNG

Funding areas include human services, education, and community.

SAM AND HELEN ZELL

Funding areas include education and youth, entrepreneurship, arts and culture, Jewish causes in the U.S. and Israel, and the Chicago community.  

MORTIMER B. ZUCKERMAN

The real estate and publishing mogul supports education—particularly STEM—health, and Jewish causes. He's also a big collector of contemporary art.