The Real Deal Miami

Real estate bigwigs on top charity donors’ list

February 09, 2010 05:32PM

From left: Stanley Druckenmiller and J. Ronald Terwilliger

The 50 top donors in the U.S. gave a combined $4 billion to charities in 2009, according to an annual report from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, with a handful of real estate bigwigs making the cut. The top most generous donor on this year’s rankings, Stanley Druckenmiller, the founder of Duquesne Capital Management, gave $705 million to programs focused on medical research and social equity, including one Upper Manhattan organization, Harlem Children’s Zone. J. Ronald Terwilliger, the former CEO of Trammell Crow Residential, a multifamily housing development company, clocked in at number eight on the charitable list, while Sanford Weill, the former chairman of Citigroup came in at 35th on the list. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the fourth most generous this year, according to the Chronicle, doling out about $254 million to more than 1,300 different charitable organizations.