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 世界的な経済の衰退にもかかわらず、寄付は無くならない。
画像 Charles F. Feeney が子ども・女性・がん患者のための医療複合施設のためにUCSFメディカルセンターに1億2500万ドルを寄付した。昨秋以来で最初の1億ドル以上の寄付となる。昨年後半は1億ドル以上の寄付は33%減少した。有名な例外としては、11月にシカゴ大ビジネススクールへのDavid G. Boothの3億ドルがある。
 免税店チェーンにより成功したFeeney氏は、1997年に博愛主義者として公開される前に何年にもわたって匿名で数億ドルを授与する異常に謙虚なライフスタイルのために知られている。多くの見込みある資金提供者が40%以上も削減したのは、資金集め努力のタイミングの問題があると言う。
画像 Atlantic からの寄付は他の提供者への影響力が大きいと、メディカルセンターの責任者は言う。老化の問題、貧困層への医療改善、子どもの教育や医療、人権促進に対し、Atlantic は2020年までに残りの数十億ドルをすべて使う計画だという。
 以前にもガンと心臓のプログラムで合計1億4500万ドルを寄付しており、新たなキャンパスの16億8000万ドルの健康科学複合施設の最も大きな援助者である。
 289床の病院の資金援助となり、1,000人以上の建設のための雇用と数百人の長期の医療雇用者を生み出す。
 Feeney氏のみでなく、娘のDianeも支援している。世界同時不況にあたり、裕福な人が最後の10年にもっと多くの寄付をしていたなら失うことも少なかったのではないかと言う。
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$125 Million Is Pledged to Big Medical Center
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/13/us/13gift.html
By STEPHANIE STROM
Published: March 12, 2009

Despite a worldwide economic decline, the nine-figure gift is not dead.
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Jennifer S. Altman for The New York Times

Charles F. Feeney’s contingent gift would finance medical programs in San Francisco.
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Charles F. Feeney, the iconoclastic philanthropist known as “the billionaire who wasn’t,” is giving $125 million to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center to support development of a complex to provide medical services to children, women and cancer patients on its new downtown campus.

The gift is the first of $100 million or more since last fall, according to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Gifts of $1 million or more fell by 33 percent in the last half of 2008, a notable exception being the $300 million donation that David G. Booth, founder and chief executive of Dimensional Fund Advisors, gave to the University of Chicago business school in November.

Mr. Feeney, who earned his fortune with a chain of duty-free shops, is known for his extraordinarily modest lifestyle and his many years of anonymously giving away hundreds of millions of dollars before he went public as a philanthropist in 1997.

The new donation is the largest ever by his foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies, though in an interview Thursday at Atlantic’s offices in New York, he questioned whether it was appropriate to call the money a gift, since it is contingent on the university’s ability to raise a matching amount from other donors.

“If they don’t raise the money, they don’t get the gift, so I’m not sure you can really call it that,” he said.

Mr. Feeney also fretted about the timing of the fund-raising effort, noting that many prospective donors had seen their wealth cut by 40 percent or more.

“There is no such thing as a small gift, of course, but we’ll need major gifts to achieve this goal I’ve set,” he said.

Mark R. Laret, chief executive of the medical center, said he thought the gift from Atlantic would inspire other donors.

Atlantic, which has plans to spend all its remaining billions in assets by 2020, works around the world on issues of aging, improving health-care delivery for the poor, providing education and health care to children, and promoting human rights.

It is the largest supporter of the university’s $1.68 billion health sciences complex on the new campus, having previously given gifts totaling $145 million for a cancer-related program and a cardiac program.

The new gift is to help finance hospitals with a total of 289 beds. It would put more than 1,000 people to work in construction and create several hundred long-term jobs in health care.

Mr. Feeney is a leading proponent of giving away one’s wealth while living, and his daughter Diane has also emerged as an advocate for foundations that donate more of their assets than is required by law.

“Just think,” Mr. Feeney said Thursday, reflecting on the global economic downturn, “if wealthy people had given away more of the money they had over the last decade, they wouldn’t have lost it.”

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"The Billionaire Who Wasn't"
http://atlanticphilanthropies.org/about/the_billionaire_who_wasn_t

Conor O'Clery's "The Billionaire Who Wasn't" (Public Affairs, 2007) documents the story of Atlantic founder Chuck Feeney, who made his fortune as co-founder of Duty Free Shops and secretly transferred all of his wealth to The Atlantic Philanthopies in 1984.

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