The act of philanthropy is always appreciated no matter the amount. From year to year, we hear stories of people who spend both their time and money donating to causes they are passionate about. Passion, many times, equates into donating to a foundation your family has been personally impacted by or an organization, which has helped a love one or yourself.
In the June 2014 issue of the Washington Life Magazine they released, “The Philanthropic 50: Washington’s Most Generous Benefactors.” This year’s philanthropic benefactors gave prominently to the arenas of art, children, education and healthcare. We will highlight a couple of the generous benefactors of 2014.
Yousef and Abeer Al-Otaiba
The ambassador of the United Arab Emirates and his wife co-chaired the Children’s National Medical Center gala this year, which raised around $11 million, the largest amount ever raised. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba also raised $150 million from his country for the Sheik Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at the Children’s National Medical Center. They have also raised $80 million for units at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. Additionally they have donated $1 million to help Joe’s Champs Fight for The Children to raise money to improve schools in neighborhoods of need in Washington.
Raul and Jean- Marie Fernandez
The Fernandez’s teamed-up with Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank to raise $4 million dollars for the Fight for Children’s Fight Night. Additionally, Jean-Marie was the chairmen for the Catholic Charities yearly gala where they raised $2.1 million. The Fernandez’s are also very involved in giving to organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, D.C. Public Education Fund and Georgetown University.