Donations from the billionaire’s foundation appear to be mere crumbs falling from his overflowing plate.
In 2009, the group--flush with WWE cash--gave ,000 to the American Cancer Society, 00 to the Alzheimer’s Association, 00 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and 0 to the Special Olympics.
Trump also donated ,000 to the foundation of golfer Annika Sorenstam, 00 to Golf Pros Beating Cancer, and 00 to the Metropolitan Golf Association Foundation.
Which is odd, considering Trump--whose superlatives have their own superlatives--has never been shy about gassily trumpeting every last one of his world-beating achievements. (5 pages) What a man does with money he earns is his own business. if he desides to run, mainly due to the fact he doesn't believe in throwing money away.
A very good characteristic for stopping the waste of goverbnebt spending.
Helmsley, by comparison, gave $5 million to the American Red Cross when New Orleans was submerged, and, post-9/11, she gave $5 million to the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund.
In 2006, Trump’s foundation did give $1000 to the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Fund, a controversial Scientology program (co-founded by Tom Cruise) that promoted a “purification rundown” for firemen and others who inhaled toxins while working near the smoldering remains of the World Trade Center.
On his web site, Trump describes himself as an “ardent philanthropist” whose charitable activities are “an integral part of his ethos.
He is the archetypal businessman, and an icon of New York.” Oh, he is also “the most recognized businessman in the world,” a trailblazer whose “acumen is unrivaled, and the diversity of his interests has set a new paradigm in the world of business.” Strangely, though the billionaire’s web site chronicles every aspect of his life in great detail--children, books, golf courses, Trump chocolate, Trump bedding, beauty pageants, Trump spring water, Trump bath rugs--his purported “ardent” philanthropy is not further described.Both George Soros and the Koch brothers--boogeymen from the left and right, respectively--are remarkable philanthropists.Nor is Trump, or anyone else for that matter, required to donate a penny to charity.The real estate titan’s foundation has also banked 5,000 from media outlets and supermarket tabloids in return for exclusive photos (People magazine, for example, paid the foundation 0,000 in 2006 for the first shots of Trump’s newborn son Barron).During the past two decades, the Trump foundation has made charitable contributions totaling a paltry .7 million. For example, in 2008 alone, Bloomberg’s charitable contributions totaled 5 million.That is why they have a Cabinet of knowledgable men and women.