There are so many deserving causes in the world and many people show their support through volunteering, raising awareness and charitable donations. But who is the most generous when it comes to large scales donations? What have been the biggest charitable donations in history? What causes have benefitted from this philanthropy? Let’s find out.
Mark Zuckerberg: £63.9 million
Since founding Facebook in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg has embarked on a lot of philanthropic work, including donating £63.9 million to public schools in New Jersey.
Nicholas Woodman: £383.8 million
Founder of camera company GoPro, Nicholas Woodman, along with his spouse, donated £383.8 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in 2014. The foundation describes itself as a comprehensive centre of philanthropy, which means they deal with a wide range of community issues.
Herbert and Marion Sandler: £1.3 billion
In 2006, the couple donated $1.3 billion to the Sandler Foundation in order to create the Center for Responsible Lending. This is a non-profit organisation that focuses on fighting payday loans, predatory mortgage lending and other products that have been created to prey on economically vulnerable customers. The couple are well known for their charity work, supporting a wide range of organisations in areas such as civil liberties, human rights, the environment and medical research.
Bill Gates: £6 billion
There is only one place to start, and that is Microsoft’s Bill Gates. Over the years, he has made donations of over the value of £6 billion – donating money to his own foundation to help develop and distribute vaccines for children. His aim is to save the lives of over eight million children in some of the poorest countries in the world by 2020. His donation more than doubled the amount that his foundation has given to vaccine research over the years.
Warren Buffet: £28.5 billion
Warren Buffet, an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist is consistently ranked amongst the world’s wealthiest people. However, he is well known for living a modest life despite all of his billions and is widely regarded as one of the world’s biggest charitable donors. His most significant contribution to date was a £28.5 billion pledge to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – to take effect upon his death. But that hasn’t stopped him from making individual contributions to the charity as well, totalling approximately £1.5 billion to date.