Philanthopists John E. and Marion Anderson – A long time history of donations to great causes. Photo: Philanthropy.com
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is announcing a $50 million gift from the family of John E. and Marion Anderson, philanthropists who had a long history of supporting the facility.
The donation will help the hospital in its mission to provide lifesaving care to patients and will make sure that doctors, researchers and other staffers have access to the resources they need, the hospital said.
With the latest gift, the Anderson family has given more than $100 million to the hospital over the last three decades. Another donation of $50 million was made in 2011, to help the hospital complete construction of a new building, now named the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion.
This donation is from the family in honor of the Andersons. Anderson died on July 29, 2011. He had 15 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. His widow Marion ran the Marion & John E. Anderson Foundation charity. On May 14, 2015, she donated $100 million to UCLA Anderson. She died on May 14, 2017. Anderson’s net worth at death was estimated at $1.9 billion.
From Wikipedia: John E. Anderson was an American billionaire businessman, the president and owner of Topa Equities, Ltd. Anderson oversaw more than 40 wholly owned subsidiaries in agriculture, automotive dealerships, insurance, real estate, oil, and wholesale beverage distribution.
In 1987, John E. Anderson (1917–2011), UCLA class of 1940, donated $15 million to UCLA and prompted the construction of a new complex at the north end of the schools campus. He later donated additional $25 million. The 6-building, 285,000-square-foot (26,500 m2) facility, was designed by Henry N. Cobb of the architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Executive Architects Leidenfrost/Horowitz & Associates. It cost $75 million to construct and opened officially in 1995.
On May 13, 2015, Marion Anderson, widow of the late John Anderson, announced a $100 million donation (4th single-largest donation to a business school in the United States) to the school for fellowships and research, along with $40 million earmarked for initiating development of what is now known as the Marion Anderson Hall.
This couple (and family) really are one of the great philanthropists of the world. We thank them!
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