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Phil Knight: Nation’s 3rd biggest giver

February 26, 2014

Phil Knight Third Most Generous Donor of 2013knightphil
By Oregon Small Business Association

Phil Knight, co-founder and chairman of Nike, has been named as the #3 most giving person in 2013 according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Last Spring, Constance French, senior vice president of Oregon Health & Science University Foundation and Brian Druker, director of OHSU’s Knight Cancer Center approached Knight with a donation request of $500-million for a 20-year project to expand research and early detection of deadly cancers. Knight suggested shortening the time to 10 years, but continued to consider the proposal. At a September OHSU event, Knight announced he and his wife, Penelope would give $500-million with the stipulation that the university secure a matching amount from additional donors in two years.

Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and chief executive of Facebook and Priscilla Chan were the #1 donors of 2013, giving 18 million shares of Facebook, valued at about $992.2-million, to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. George Mitchell, founder of Mitchell Energy and Development was #2, committing an estimated $750-million to the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation.

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