American Women Philanthropists

American women philanthropists

  • Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Abby Aldrich Rockefeller
    Abigail Greene "Abby" Aldrich Rockefeller was an American socialite and philanthropist. Through her marriage to financier and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr., she was a prominent member of the Rockefeller family.
  • Anna Margaret Ross Alexander
    Anna Margaret Ross Alexander was a philanthropist, who organized the first mental health fund drive in Marion County, Indiana. She was elected to the Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners in 1966 during the desegregation and integration period.
  • Anne Harriman Vanderbilt
    Anne Harriman Sands Rutherfurd Vanderbilt was an American heiress known for her marriages to prominent men and her role in the development of the Sutton Place neighborhood as a fashionable place to live.
  • Arabella Huntington Arabella Huntington
    Arabella Yarrington "Belle" Huntington was the second wife of American railway tycoon and industrialist Collis P. Huntington, and then the second wife of Henry E. Huntington.
  • Barbara Ochs Adler
    Barbara Ochs Adler was an American civic leader and philanthropist.
  • Beyoncé Beyoncé
    Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of the R&B girl-group Destiny's Child.
  • Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Catharine Lorillard Wolfe
    Catharine Lorillard Wolfe was an American philanthropist and art collector. Though she gave large amounts of money to institutions such as Grace Episcopal Church and Union College, her most significant gifts were two bequests to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
  • Catherine Amelia Fay Ewing
    Catherine Amelia Fay Ewing was an American educator, missionary, philanthropist, and activist from the U.S. state of Massachusetts. In 1857, she took in children from the Washington County Infirmary, thus organizing the first children's home in the state of Ohio.
  • Catherine Eddy Beveridge
    Catherine Eddy Beveridge was a socialite and philanthropist who came from a prominent Chicago, Illinois family.
  • Claire Bernard
    Claire Bernard is an American philanthropist and writer. She is president and a trustee of the Mariposa Foundation, trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council and is a contributor to Vanity Fair, Vogue, and the Huffington Post.
  • Colleen Willoughby
    Colleen S. Willoughby is an American philanthropist who is credited with credited with creating the model of collective giving grantmaking, which is commonly referred to as giving circles.
  • Cornelia Adair Cornelia Adair
    Cornelia Wadsworth Ritchie Adair was the matriarch of Glenveagh Castle in County Donegal, Ireland, now an Irish national park, and the large JA Ranch southeast of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle, a still-active cattle ranch.
  • Dorothy J. Killam
    Dorothy J. Killam was an American-born Canadian philanthropist. She was the wife of Canadian financier Izaak Walton Killam. When he died in 1955 she inherited his fortune and continued to build it until her own death 10 years later.
  • Elizabeth Plankinton
    Elizabeth Ann or Anne Plankinton was an American philanthropist in the early 20th century, the daughter of Milwaukee businessman John Plankinton. She supported local artists and artisans.
  • Ellen DeGeneres Ellen DeGeneres
    Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. DeGeneres starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.
  • Ellin Prince Speyer
    Ellin Leslie Prince Lowery Speyer was a New York City philanthropist.
  • Emma Gilson Wallace
    Emma Gilson Wallace was a philanthropist.
  • Frances Glessner Lee
    Frances Glessner Lee also known as the "mother of forensic science."
  • Helen Bigelow Merriman
    Helen Bigelow Merriman was a painter and art collector, and one of the founders of the Worcester Art Museum, to which she also donated a number of paintings by European and American artists. She wrote a number of books about art and spirituality.
  • Helen Huntington Hull
    Helen Huntington Hull was an American socialite, arts patron, and political hostess.
  • Jane Amy McKinney
    Jane Amy McKinney was an American educator and philanthropist. She was actively engaged in temperance work and in the advocacy of women's suffrage.
  • Julia Pritt
    Julia Pritt was a Seattle area philanthropist and cofounder of Attachmate. She founded Julia's Place and Washington Women in Need, and donated land for an Issaquah park. Pritt died in April, 2010.
  • Kathryn Albertson Kathryn Albertson
    Kathryn McCurry Albertson was the wife of the founder of the Albertsons chain of grocery stores and a notable philanthropist.
  • Kelly Meighen
    Kelly Meighen, née Dillon is the wife of retired Senator Michael Meighen. She was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just outside Boston.
  • Kelly Roberts
    Kelly J. Roberts is an American businesswoman and philanthropist in Southern California.
  • Lara Trump
    Lara Lea Trump is an American television host, television producer, and campaign advisor. She is married to Eric Trump, son of the current President of the United States, Donald Trump. She is the host of Real News Update.
  • Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
    Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is an American philanthropist, philanthropy educator, entrepreneur, author, and wife of Silicon Valley venture capitalist/internet entrepreneur Marc Andreessen.
  • Laura Barney Harding
    Laura Barney Harding was a Philadelphia heiress and a long-life friend of Katharine Hepburn with whom she shared a house in Franklin Canyon Park.
  • Laura Copenhaver
    Laura Lu Scherer Copenhaver was an American businesswoman.
  • Lilah Denton Lindsey
    Lilah Denton Lindsey, an American philanthropist, civic leader, women's community organizer, temperance worker, and teacher. She was the first Creek woman to earn a college degree, and served as president of the Indian Territory Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
  • Lisa Blue Baron
    Lisa Blue Baron is an American trial lawyer. With a background in psychology, she worked in the field for nearly a decade before becoming a jury consultant and receiving her law degree. She then became an assistant district attorney in Dallas County, Texas before joining the Baron & Budd law firm.
  • Louise Harrison McCraw
    Louise Harrison McCraw was an American writer and philanthropist. She was the founding director of the Braille Circulating Library of Richmond, Virginia.
  • Lucy Aldrich
    Lucy Truman Aldrich was a philanthropist and art collector who was the eldest daughter of U.S. Senator Nelson W. Aldrich of Rhode Island.
  • Lucy Skidmore Scribner
    Lucy Skidmore Scribner was the founder of Skidmore College.
  • Madeleine A. Pickens
    Madeleine Anne Pickens is a business woman and philanthropist who has lived in the United States since 1969.
  • Margaret Anne Cargill Margaret Anne Cargill
    Margaret Anne Cargill was an American philanthropist and heiress to part of the Cargill fortune.
  • Maria Bissell Hotchkiss
    Maria Bissell Hotchkiss was an American heiress, philanthropist, and educator. In 1891 she founded The Hotchkiss School, a private boarding school in Lakeville, Connecticut.
  • Maria Keller
    Maria Keller is the founder of Read Indeed, a nonprofit organization that donates books to kids without any books around the world. Keller, who is from Orono, Minnesota, had already donated over one million books at age 13 in 2013, five years ahead of schedule.
  • Martha Dana Mercer
    Martha Mercer, née Dana was a US art collector and philanthropist.
  • Mary Fletcher
    Mary Fletcher was the namesake of the largest hospital in Vermont, formerly named "Fletcher Allen Health Care". An invalid who suffered from tuberculosis for the majority of her lifetime, she was from a philanthropic family who also are the namesake of the Fletcher Free Library.
  • Mary Harriman Rumsey Mary Harriman Rumsey
    Mary Harriman Rumsey was the founder of The Junior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements, later known as the Junior League of the City of New York of the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. Mary was the daughter of railroad magnate E.H. Harriman and sister to W. Averell...
  • Mary Mathews Adams
    Mary Mathews Adams was an Irish-born American writer and philanthropist.
  • Mary Tenney Gray
    Mary Tenney Gray was a 19th-century American editorial writer, club-woman, philanthropist, and suffragette from Pennsylvania. She lived in Kansas City, Kansas for more than 20 years and during that time, was identified with almost every woman's movement.
  • Melania Trump Melania Trump
    Melania Trump is the current First Lady of the United States. Before marrying future President Donald Trump in 2005, she worked as a fashion model; by 2016 she considered herself a "full-time mom."
  • Melinda Gates Melinda Gates
    Melinda Ann Gates, DBE is an American philanthropist, former Microsoft employee, and wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
  • Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey
    Oprah Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.
  • Oseola McCarty
    Oseola McCarty, was a local washerwoman in Hattiesburg, Mississippi who became The University of Southern Mississippi's most famous benefactor.
  • Pamela Cunningham Copeland
    Pamela Cunningham Copeland was an American award-winning horticulturist and historical preservationist, known for her philanthropy.
  • Philippine E. Von Overstolz
    Philippine Espenschied Von Overstolz was a musician, linguist and artist.
  • Rebecca Naylor Hazard
    Rebecca Ann Naylor Hazard was a 19th-century American philanthropist, suffragette, reformer, and writer from the U.S. state of Ohio. With a few other women, she formed the Woman Suffrage Association of Missouri and an Industrial Home for Girls in St. Louis.
  • Rebecca N. Hazard
    Rebecca Ann Naylor Hazard was a philanthropist and woman suffragist.
  • Rebekah Dulaney Peterkin
    Rebekah Dulaney Peterkin is an American philanthropist who founded the first circle of the International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons in Virginia, and then the Sheltering Arms Hospital in Richmond.
  • Ruth Ann Harnisch
    Ruth Ann Harnisch is an American writer, investor, coach, and philanthropist who founded "The Harnisch Foundation." Previously a journalist, she won several awards for her reporting.
  • Ruth E. Adomeit
    Ruth E. Adomeit was an American author, editor, collector of miniature books and philanthropist.
  • Sara Blakely
    Sara Blakely is an American billionaire businesswoman, and founder of Spanx, an American intimate apparel company with pants and leggings, founded in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2012, Blakely was named in Time magazine's "Time 100" annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
  • Sue Anschutz-Rodgers
    Sue Anschutz-Rodgers is an American rancher, conservationist, and philanthropist.
  • Toby Orenstein
    Toby Barbara Orenstein is an American theatrical director, producer, and educator. She has two honorable mentions for the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre. A patron of the arts, Orenstein was inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame in 2008.
  • Trish Vradenburg Trish Vradenburg
    Trish Vradenburg was an American playwright, author, television writer, and advocate of research to cure Alzheimer's disease.
  • Wilhelmina Holladay
    Wilhelmina Cole Holladay is an American art collector and patron, and co-founder of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
  • Zahava Burack
    Zahava Burack was a Holocaust survivor who later became a philanthropist, community leader and political activist in the United States. She was born in 1932 in the shtetl of Nowy Korczyn, Poland, to Louis and Gitia Radza. She had three sisters, Rita, Miriam and Sarah.

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