Saturday, October 28

It's ok, but I've seen bigger...

City News reports that Joseph and Wolf Lebovic cut a cheque for $50 million Friday. These two Toronto brothers' donation to Mt. Sinai Hospital is the largest single donation ever made to a health care facility in Canada.

Call me jaded and cynical - but it seemed kinda low to be considered the largest donation to a health care facility ever. So, I looked into it. It turns out the previous record in Canada was $33.5 - set back in May by Peter Munk. I remembered reading in Gary Comer's obituary about his gift of $42 million in 2006 for the Comer Center for Children and Specialty Care at Chicago University.

In 2001, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation gave a $100 million grant, which was largest ever given for a US pediatric hospital. On May 7, 2002, entertainment executive and philanthropist David Geffen announced a $200 million unrestricted gift to the UCLA School of Medicine.

There's a special prize for anyone who posts a bigger gift to the comment section.

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