The Basics of Ravenel Curry's Philanthropy

Ravenel B. Curry III. and his wife Elizabeth have been involved in philanthropy for many decades. They move their philanthropic contributions through the Ravenel and Elizabeth Curry Foundation, which was established in 1974. The couple also cofounded Eagle Capital Management and their son, Ravenel Boykin Curry IV, works at Eagle Capital Management as well. Curry is on the board of the Manhattan Institute and the American Enterprise Institute. Here are a few other things to know about the couple's philanthropy:

1. Education is a High Priority

Curry is a former trustee of Furman University, his undergraduate alma mater. The school has received steady support over the years, including a $1 million gift last decade to support the Chinese Studies program. Elizabeth's alma mater, Queens University of Charlotte, received at least $3 million between 2010 and 2012 alone. Elizabeth also sits on the board of overseers at Weill Cornell Medical College, which received a little over $1 million in 2013, and on the board at Rockefeller University, which has received more modest sums of late. Davidson College has also been supported.

The couple is also involved in education reform and it's worth noting that Boykin Curry, is a founding board member of Public Prep, which opens charter schools for children in New York City. As for the Currys, sums have gone to the Alliance for School Choice, Families for Excellent Schools, and Center for Education Reform, among others. In 2013, a $1 million gift went to Uncommon Schools, a network of public charter schools in the Northeast.

2. Supporting Conservative Policy Work is Also a Priority

As mentioned, Curry sits on the board of American Enterprise Institute, and Manhattan Institute, two major conservative policy shops. AEI is the site of the Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Free Enterprise, which was created with a $3 million gift from the couple. Manhattan Institute, meanwhile, received $250,000 from the couple in 2013. Apart from these two outfits, quite a number of other policy outfits such as Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Cato Institute, and the Institute for Justice, which describes itself as "the nation's only libertarian, civil liberties, public interest law firm" have been supported.

3. Assorted Sums Have Gone Elsewhere

Much like fellow member of Manhattan Institute's board Richard Gilder, Curry also has an interest in history. In fact, the couple have couple have supported Gilder Lehman Instititute of American History, as well as the New-York Historical Society, where Curry sits on the board.

Related: Ravenel Curry Profile