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Issue #226
Pre-Spring 2010


Cover Story

Charles Bronfman and the art of giving

He’s always relied on his intellect, but
Charles Bronfman’s heart has made
his most important decisions.


Charles Bronfman: Give and take

By Julie Jacobs

He’s always relied on his intellect, but Charles Bronfman’s heart has made his most important decisions.

Caryl Stern: Child's Play

By Nancy A. Ruhling

From the desert in the Sudan to a hut in Vietnam to the dilapidated hospitals of Sierra Leone, UNICEF’s Caryl Stern always finds one thing in common: hope.

Mark Yusko: Be true to your school

By Jennifer Haupt

He may have graduated from dorm rooms to billion-dollar deals, but Notre Dame never left Mark Yusko’s heart.

Jeffrey Jacobs: Life lessons

By Nancy A. Ruhling

Representing athletes and celebrities was a nice living until an unknown Chicago talk show host named Oprah walked into Jeffrey Jacobs’s life.

Eric Cantor: Right of way

By Aliza Davidovit

Eric Cantor spent the first 10 years of his career working for the family business—he may end up spending some of the rest in the White House.

Bobby Sager: Traveling man

By Rachel Sklar

Philanthropy may be a desk job for some, but for Bobby Sager, who’s inspired a TV show, hung out with Sting, and kicked a soccer ball with child soldiers in Rwanda, it’s his life.

Paul Fireman: In his shoes

By N. C. Naisek

After introducing Reebok to America, Paul Fireman has shifted his focus to fight homelessness.

Benjamin Brafman: Law and order

By Nancy Kleinbaum

By doggedly defending everyone from Michael Jackson to P. Diddy, Benjamin Brafman has become the most famous criminal lawyer in America.

Gabriela Shalev: Safety first

By Aliza Davidovit

When friends told Gabriela Shalev to go home, she ignored them. So why would the UN ambassador listen to her country’s enemies who say the same thing?

Dr. David Suzuki: The doctor is still in

By Marc Weisblott

After four decades, environmentalist Dr. David Suzuki is still trying to figure out how to end the fight.

C. Holland Taylor: Peace, love, and understanding

By Robert K. Epstein

If the world’s major religions ever learn to co-exist, they may have C. Holland Taylor to thank.

Steve Gunderson Q&A


  • Clooney Headlines star-studded telethon
  • Former Presidents unite
  • ScarJo meet ’n‘ greet for Oxfam
  • Gates makes $10 billion investment
  • Buffett and Goldman Sachs team up for small business
  • Wheel in motion
  • Biel and friends climb for Africa
  • Cincinnati kid
  • A princely sleep
  • $125 million traffic cop
  • Theron's a shoe-in for charity
  • The value of celebrity
  • Yale receives record donation
  • Rock ’n‘ Roll philanthropy


  • Conference of Presidents
  • UNICEF Snowflake Ball
  • Adults in Toyland
  • Shaare Zedek Dinner
  • ADL Honors Steven Spielberg
  • Mount Sinai OB/GYN Fashion Show and Luncheon
  • A Magical Evening Gala
  • AFOUI Gala
  • Frank Gehry Honored with Scopus Award
  • AIFL Partners of Democracy Dinner
  • MOCA 30th Anniversary Gala
  • Children at Heart Gala
  • FIDF Casino Night
  • Same Sky Launch
  • KOHL Children’s Gala
  • Ballet Opening Night Benefit
  • New York City Nutcracker

The Index


Future generations may look back to 2009 and the first weeks of 2010 as a turning point for foundation giving. With a fevered debate on national health care gathering in the U.S., foundations like the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation and the Golisano Foundation, which specialize in providing a boost to local hospitals, garnered more attention than ever with their multimillion-dollar gifts.