Thomas and Mary James

NET WORTH: $1.36 billion

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Raymond James

FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Education & Youth, Health & Human Services

OVERVIEW: Thomas James and his wife Mary direct their philanthropy through the Thomas A. and Mary S. James Foundation, which gave away around $777,000 in a recent year. The couple support their schools and other educational organizations. The James are strong supporters of the arts and have a substantial collection of southwestern and wildlife art. 

BACKGROUND: Thomas A. James graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School. James worked at financial services company Raymond James, which was started by his father in 1962. Thomas served as Raymond James' chairman for four decades, stepping down in 2017. 

ISSUES:

ARTS & CULTURE: The couple founded the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, set to open in 2018 in St. Petersburg, Florida. James began collecting while a student and when he and Mary's travels took them west, they were captivated by the art, landscape, and wildlife of the West. Grantees include Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Americans for the Arts, Straz Center, Morgan Arts Center, Salvador Dali Museum, and American Stage Endowment, the fundraising arm of American Stage Theatre Company.

EDUCATION & YOUTH: Grantees include Thomas' alma maters Harvard and Harvard Business School, and Mary's school Wellesley College. Eckerd College, in the James' backyard, is home to the James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences. Other grantees include Junior Achievement (James was once on the board of Junior Achievement of Pinellas County), St. Peterburg College Foundation, and Pinellas County Education Foundation.

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES: Grantees include Salvation Army, Cure Alzheimer's Fund, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, and United Way of Tampa Bay. Foundation funds have gone to Friends of Raymond James, which has "disbursed over $1 million to more than 250 Raymond James associates during times of need."

OTHER: Thomas is interested in tennis and supports International Tennis Hall of Fame, where he's been on the board, and USTA Tennis & Education Foundation. Funds have gone to Aspen Institute and American Enterprise Institute.

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the James couple to stick with their select interest areas, with an eye towards arts and education.

CONTACT:

Thomas A. and Mary S. James Foundation
880 Carillon Pkwy
St. Petersburg, FL 33716