Donald Trump Donated At Least $1,480,500 to UPenn

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Donald J. Trump found his way to Steinberg-Dietrich Hall on Tuesday afternoon 32 years ago. It was Oct. 23, 1984, and the real-estate tycoon spoke at the university for the first time since graduating from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce nearly 14 years ago. As 900 students crammed to hear Trump tell the story behind his booming empire, the lecture room overflowed.

But Trump’s donations to Wharton-or Penn, for that matter-remained a mystery, like his college years. Rumors on campus and previous reports concluded mostly that the Republican presidential candidate never made significant donations to Penn, despite his Wharton degree during the election.

However, a comprehensive search by The Daily Pennsylvanian found that Trump may have donated at least $1,480,500 to Penn on the basis of reports from the university, tax filings from his foundation and other sources. Over the past three decades or so, Trump has been identified as a donor or pledged donor for specific amounts on a number of university reports. These reports do not, however, distinguish between donors and donors. Without this distinction, the Daily Pennsylvanian could not verify whether these donations were actually made or pledged and never carried out.

Donations or pledges may have gone to Wharton’s Campaign for Sustained Leadership, which helped fund the construction of Huntsman Hall, according to Penn’s annual reports.

A 2003 Wharton Investors Report lists “all gifts” made to the 1996-2003 campaign. Trump appears on a list called “The President’s Circle”: A select group of individuals who made “gifts of $1,000,000 to $4,999,999.” Annual reports of university donations do not disclose contributions-instead, benefactors are listed according to the range of dollars of their donation or pledged donation. If he pledged, Trump could have donated at least $1 million or nearly $5 million over those years. The University declined to disclose donations from Trump, saying donor information is private. 

The DP searched 32 annual reports issued between 1968 and 2007 by Penn and Wharton. The University Archives and Records Center and the Van Pelt Library hold most of these reports. However, a significant amount of reports are missing, making it difficult to trace Trump’s exact history of donating or pledging donations to Penn. Trump’s name appears five times between 1996 and 2001 in university-wide reports of donations as having donated or pledged at least $25,000 in unrestricted gifts each of those years-gifts to be used entirely at Penn’s discretion. These donations are in addition to his donation to the Sustained Leadership Campaign in Wharton.

Trump’s latest appearances are in reports for 2006 and 2007, when he may have donated $100,000 to Wharton or pledged $499,999 each year. A sum of the minimum amounts Trump may have pledged or donated to Penn shows that the Wharton graduate may have donated $1,350,000, based solely on Penn’s annual reports of donations.

This string of donations Trump may have made in the late 1990s coincides roughly with the registration of his children at Penn. Donald J. Trump Jr. started classes in 1996 at Penn and in 2000 at Ivanka Trump. The donations also match Trump’s gift to fund a project closer to home. According to a Jan. 28, 1997 DP article, Wharton’s graduate donated more than $100,000 to the New York Penn Club in 1996. The Penn Club-founded in 1994-is a private clubhouse in Midtown Manhattan for students, alumni and membership faculty.

The gift is described in the article as Trump’s “first major donation,” but then-Development Vice President and Alumni Relations Virginia Clark did not specify the exact amount of the donation. The DP reached Clark, now Smithsonian’s Assistant Secretary for Advancement, last week, but she did not return requests for comments. However, an administrative assistant from the Penn Club, who refused to be named, confirmed that Trump is listed as the Penn Club’s “founder.” According to the Washington Post’s book “Trump Revealed,” the minimum gift to be considered a “founder” was $150,000.

Donald J. Trump Foundation Records show that Trump also donated small sums to Penn via his personal foundation, the Donald J. Trump Foundation. Three decades of the foundation’s IRS tax filings obtained by the DP revealed that since the foundation was established in 1987, the charity has donated a total of $5,500 to Penn and Penn-affiliated groups. The first donation was a donation of $3,000 to the “Wharton Business School Club” in 1988, followed by $2,500 to the University of Pennsylvania Trustees in 1989.

The tax filings also show that Trump gave New York University, Columbia University, Fordham University and other educational institutions thousands of dollars repeatedly. The name of the 1968 class Gifts Trump is not an omnipresent fixture at Penn, as it is on skyscrapers and hotels throughout the country. Numerous Penn buildings and programmes, such as Ronald Perelman, David Pottruck and Walter Annenberg, are named after well-known benefactors. But Trump’s name can be spotted on a plaque in the Van Pelt Library seminar room of 1968, donated by his graduate class in 2003.

The plaque names Trump and other project lead donors, but what his minimum donation to the room was is unclear. 1968 Wharton graduate Douglas Cox was the gift chair of his class for 45 years, but he could not remember the minimum donation to get the name of a class member on the plaque. “We usually contact people who are willing to give $1,000 or $25,000,” Cox said every five years about class gifts. “it’s big gifts, but it’s not big gifts.”

Donald Trump Donated to the Chabad Synagogue Several Times

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Even before Trumps daughter, who converted to Judaism, was married, President-elect Donald Trump also contributed to the Chabad charitable causes several times.
Kushners & Trump Donated to Chabad


It may seem strange for a Jewish Modern Orthodox family to join a synagogue in Chabad. But Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner are already quite invested in the movement for ultra-Orthodox outreach-or, more precisely, their parents. Even before Trumps daughter, who converted to Judaism, was married, President-elect Donald Trump also contributed to the Chabad charitable causes. All in all, the Donald J. Trump Foundation gave three Chabad institutions $11,550. The Donald J. Trump Foundation made two donations to Chabad in 2008, a year before Ivanka Trump married Kushner-$6,750 to the Lubavitch Youth Organization in Brooklyn and $1,800 to Southampton Jewish Charity Chabad. In 2011, the foundation donated $3,000 to East Boca Raton ‘s Chabad-an institution that the Kushners also supported. The charitable foundation of Trump has made many donations over the years to Jewish causes. For example, in 2003, he handed over a check to the Friends of Beit El Institutions for $10,000. The bankruptcy lawyer, Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, serves as the president of the organization; Trump made the donation in honor of Friedman.

Donald Trump Donates $10K to Campaign Volunteer for Father Battling Cancer

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‘This is the greatest guy’: Trump meets FedEx courier, offers him $10,000. The unlikely meeting between Donald Trump a 24-year-old from rural Illinois occurred before a concert at the Lincoln Memorial.

A lucky volunteer from the Trump campaign was surprised at the Inauguration Eve concert with seats in the front row. The surprise soon became much more significant, however. Shane Bouvet, a single father from Illinois, had the opportunity to meet President Donald Trump, who gave him a $10,000 check for cancer treatment for his father. The 24-year-old was a guest on Monday to talk about this life-changing experience on “Fox & Friends. ” “He (Trump) is such a genuine, caring, loving person who cares about the Americans,” Bouvet told Ainsley Earhardt. “I don’t know how I’ll ever repay him for what he did for my father and gave him that extra fight.”

Bouvet said he received a call from a Trump staffer before the inauguration said the president-elect had read an article about him in the Washington Post and was inspired by his story. During the concert, a member of the Secret Service escorted Bouvet to meet the president. He called his father, and Trump got to talk to his father on the phone.

Trump then wrote Bouvet a $10,000 check for chemotherapy treatments for his father. ” Thank you Donald Trump for everything you’ve done for my father… you’re such a great guy, and you’re going to be America’s best president, “Bouvet said.

President Trump’s Inaugural Committee Gave $5 Million to Six Charities. Previous Presidents Spend Their Extra Donations on their Presidential Library.

Donald Trumps 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee 990 Tax filings showed that he contributed $5 million to charitable causes. 

A total of $5 million was given to charities, including $1 million dollars each to the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, and Samaritan’s Purse, intended to aid in relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey. A donation of $1.75 million was given to groups that preserve and refurbish the White House and the Naval Observatory, the vice president’s official residence. The Smithsonian Institution received the remaining $250,000.

Link to President Trump’s inaugural committee tax filing
See page 111


Trump Inaugural Committee 2017 Tax Form 990 showing charitable donations totaling $5 million
Trump Inaugural Committee 2017 Tax Form 990

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Obama’s 2009 Inaugural Committee form 990
Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Committee form 990

2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee Benefactors
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