Philanthropic 50: Courtney Clark Pastrick

Contractor A. James Clark, whose Clark Construction Group built FedEx Field, the Verizon Center, the World Bank headquarters, the Canadian Embassy, 28 Metro stations and much more, died in 2015, but his gift keeps on giving through the A. James and Alice Clark Foundation. Now headed by his daughter Courtney, it made headlines with its record-breaking gift of $219 million to the University of Maryland, Clark’s alma mater. It was the largest private donation to the university by a long shot, and – for that matter – one of the most significant to any institution of higher learning anywhere. But it overshadowed the Clark Foundation’s ongoing generosity in other areas, including hospitals, schools, culture and veteran services. In March, 2018, for example, the foundation gave $5 million to the USO Pathfinder, which helps military families make the transition to civilian life.

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