Issue 215: Spring 2008

In This Issue


Foundation 40

The last decade has seen an explosive growth in new private foundations in North America, with the number rising a staggering 22% between 2001 and 2005 and representing over $500 billion in assets. This unbelievable increase in philanthropic giving is largely a consequence of the more recent economic booms in technology, finance, and telecommunications. In addition, tax legislation has evolved to encourage the establishment of foundations with incentives like tax credits that can be applied against personal income. Lastly, the history of philanthropy in America—more than anywhere else—has engendered a moral imperative to give away one’s wealth to those less fortunate. Giving back to the society that gave one the freedom to pursue one’s goals is not only laudatory, but it is expected.


Cover Profile

Michael & Susan Dell

By Matthew Simmons

Eighty-year-olds play with dolls and trucks; they watch cartoons and eat ice cream by the gallon. When Michael Dell was 8, he sent away for an equivalency test to earn his high school diploma. His parents must have laughed at his precociousness while admiring his ambition. They may even have thought he was going to be the world’s youngest self-made millionaire, but they would have been wrong: he was going to be the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.

Barbara & Donald Jonas

By Nancy A. Ruhling

Bobby Goldberg

By Jenny Hazan

Kyra Sedgwick

By Connie Louise Katz

Dennis Ross

By Robert K. Epstein

Gal Nauer

By Noreen Rubin

Joseph Malovany

By Aliza Davidovit

Dr. Alan Copperman

By Nancy A. Rubling

Richard Ditizio

By Noreen Rubin

Dr. Francine Stein

By Barbara Goldberg

Bradley Broder

By N.C. Maisak

Avinoam Bar-Yosef

By Aliza Davidovit

Mark Jeffries

By Neal Parker

Elizabeth Goldhirsch-Yellin

By Johanna Jainchill

Gary Tobin

By Debbie Cohen

Richard Kirshenbaum & Jon Bond

By Noreen Rubin

Tevi Troy

By Robert K. Epstein

Alexander Goldin

By Ellis Nassour


  • ADL Honors Maurice Lévy
  • Gateways 10th Anniversary
  • UJA Generosity
  • Mount Sinai Fashion Show
  • FIDF Annual Gala
  • FIDF Young Leadership Gala
  • AIFL’s Partners for Democracy Awards
  • NAF/Neue Galerie
  • NVCI Rock for the Cure
  • Women to Watch
  • Guggenheim International Gala
  • ICRF Tower of Hope Benefit
  • Palazzo Las Vegas
  • New York Art Show
  • AJC’s Corwin Dinner
  • Night at teh Opera/Washington Gala

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