New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest monetary donation of $350 million to alma mater Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore brings his lifetime donations to JHU to a whopping $1.118 billion. JHU released the good news yesterday in a statement on their website.
Bloomberg’s latest gift makes him JHU’s “largest-ever philanthropic benefactor.”
"Johns Hopkins University has been an important part of my life since I first set foot on campus more than five decades ago," Bloomberg said in a statement.
"Each dollar I have given has been well-spent improving the institution and, just as importantly, making its education available to students who might otherwise not be able to afford it." ~ U.S. News
Bloomberg worked his way through his undergrad days at JHU by taking out loans and working as a parking lot attendant. After he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, his first gift to the university in 1965 was $5.
Michael Bloomberg, now a multi-billionaire, graduated from Hopkins in 1964.
"Michael Bloomberg is a visionary philanthropist, a force for social good on the order of Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Leland Stanford and our own founder, Johns Hopkins," said Ronald J. Daniels, president of The Johns Hopkins University. ~ JHU
In addition to his philanthropic good deeds, Bloomberg has also long been a leader in the Mayors Against Illegal Guns movement. After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre, Bloomberg has increased his efforts in that mission.
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