The 2008 Philanthropic 50 List

WL tips its hat to the areas biggest philanthropists and donors.

While charity famously depends on left hands not knowing what their right-side partners do, we’ve nonetheless chosen to pay tribute to some of the more generously-handed givers in Washington. There are different reasons for inclusion on this (by no means comprehensive) rundown of big-time donors: some, like the Rockefellers and Mellons, are notable for amounts given over a long period of time; others leave lasting legacies in the form of museums, concert halls, and other university buildings. The men and women on this list are notable for their commitment to causes, involvement on multiple levels of local charity, and largeness of spirit.

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