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Bloomberg Family Foundation Reportedly Donated Around $500 Million

Editorial Staff

29 November 2021

Michael Bloomberg, the media tycoon and former NYC mayor, reportedly spent a record-breaking sum running for US president last year - more than $1 billion. And Bloomberg, who has an estimated net worth of $70 billion, gave away about $500 million via his foundation to causes such as public health, education and climate change. (See a report in 2018 about Bloomberg's phillanthropy.)

Forbes quoted a review of Bloomberg Family Foundation’s 2020 annual filing, showing that Bloomberg put $822 million into the foundation, which in turn gave away $497 million in grants to nearly 200 organisations. Individual grants ranged from $10,000 to $60 million, the publication said.

Such transfers underline a recent trend of “big gifts” by billionaires, some of whom have made their fortunes in sectors such as finance. The process of transferring and managing large gifts can be complex and a number of philanthropy advisors now work with organisations and individuals to help them manage the process. An example is . 

The report of Bloomberg’s largesse said that 10 organisations received about 60 per cent of the funds. The top recipient was Bloomberg’s alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. Other universities received big gifts as well. New York University got $20.3 million. Four historically Black colleges and universities - Howard University, Meharry Medical College, Morehouse School of Medicine and the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science - accepted a total of $58.6 million.

The Bloomberg Family Foundation is one element of Michael Bloomberg’s larger philanthropic operation, Bloomberg Philanthropies.