President Trump has contributed to quite a few charitable causes – more than most. However in today’s whirlwind of divisive mainstream media coverage it is almost impossible for an educated individual to rely solely on television news broadcasts to paint the whole picture.
Especially when it comes to a person’s true character – let alone a President’s.
Trump is well known for being a very wealthy and entrepreneurial business man; but did you know that he contributes to a multitude of charity’s on an almost daily basis? How many of us can say that? Still they vilify him; but the proof is in the facts. Let’s take a look at just a few of the charity’s that Trump has donated to…
In June, 1998, Trump Casino awarded $5,000 scholarships to 20 Gary, Indiana high school students. Gary is a historically-black city
with high levels of poverty. It was the second year of the Trump scholarship program.
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In 1997, while trying to obtain a casino license in Indiana, Trump Casino announced that over the next two years the casino would award
$1.2 million to Hoosier high school students.
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In 1981, Donald Trump donated a large sum to the Jewish National Fund on its 80th anniversary, and the nation of Israel’s 33rd. The
celebration was held in Carnegie Hall.
A charity auction held by Nate D. Sanders of Los Angeles in July, 2017, included a sketch of the NY city skyline drawn by Donald Trump.
It brought $29,184.
In January of 2007, Jimmy Autrey jumped onto the tracks of the NYC subway to save a man who had fallen, earning the nickname ‘The
Subway Spiderman’. Trump met with him and gave him a $10,000 check.
In 1989, Trump donated $10,000 to send 20 homeless children to a benefit concert in NY city featuring comedian Robin Williams and
singer Paul Simon.
Trump threw the first pitch in a Red Sox/Yankees doubleheader in 2006, and donated $60,000 to the Jimmy Carter Fund to support
cancer research, which was holding a telethon at the same time.
Trump donated $25,000 to Harlem’s Slam Jam youth athletics organization, founded by Clyde Frazier Jr., who lost his life in the Twin
Towers on 911.
In April of 2016, Donald Trump and his wife make an unannounced visit to the National September 11th Museum in NYC, and after the
tour he donated $100,000 to the museum.
In January of 2006 trump donated $25,000 to former Celebrity Apprentice contestant Keisha Knight Pulliam for her children’s charity, Kamp Kizzy.
In March of 2014,Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club hosted the Trump Invitational Grand Prix, an equestrian event which benefits Fidelity
Investment’s FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge, which funds charities in Palm Beach. Trump also donated $100,000.
Trump hosted the second Golf For Abilis fundraiser at Trump National Golf Course in June, 2013. Abilis is a nonprofit that provides
services for the disabled. Trump’s nephew’s son William suffers from cerebral palsy, and has been greatly helped by services from
Trump donated more than $100,000 to Israeli emergency rescue service United Hatzalah in 2014. United Hatzalah is Israel’s largest
volunteer emergency services organization.
After undergoing a double lung transplant in 2013 made necessary by cystic fibrosis, James Reiner and his wife Adena, who had little
income or savings, received a suitcase stuffed with $40,000 in cash from Donald Trump. The couple had put out a request on a
The Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn received a $2,500 donation from Donald Trump in 2013, after suffering severe financial
difficulties in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Trump for President campaign volunteer Shane Bouvet was surprised with front-row seats to the inauguration concert, but was even
more surprised when Trump met with him and gave him a $10,000 check to help cover his father’s cancer treatments.
In July of 2015, Trump pledged $50,000 to various Washington, D.C. charities, including the organization that manages the
Congressional Baseball Games, in the wake of a shooting spree that left one congressman seriously injured.
Donald Trump had planned to build 16 new homes at the Trump National Golf Course in Palo Verde, CA, in 2015, but instead he
donated the 11.5 acre easement to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to use for open space. He filed a $100 million
lawsuit against Rancho Palo Verde in 2008 claiming the city was blocking efforts at building new homes.
Trump Ice bottled water was somewhat of a novelty to survivors of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
President Trump donated his first-quarter government salary to the National Park Service, which totaled $78,333.32. He has said he
would donate all of his pay as President during his term.
Research conducted by The Daily Pennsylvanian, the school newspaper of the University of Pennsylvania, shows that Donald Trump donated about $1,480,500 to the school over the years. Trump is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.
In a charitable act of a different sort, Trump jumped out of his limo in NYC and stopped a man who was beating another person with a
baseball bat in an attempted mugging.
In 1985, Trump hosted and was the chairman of the American Friends of Hebrew University’s 9th Annual Sports Fundraising Dinner,
held in remembrance of the 11 Israeli athletes killed by terrorists in the 1972 Olympics in Munich.
Also in 1985, Trump served as chairman of the Jewish National Fund’s Annual Real Estate Division Dinner and Dance. Over $700,000
was raised, the largest amount of any JNF fundraising event.
In 2005, Trump took an interest in the plight of Former Miss Wisconsin Melissa Young, who was near death from a serious illness. He assured her that her Mexican-American son would have his way paid to college no matter what happened. She recovered and spoke up
for Trump during his presidential campaign.
Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is a young U.S. Marine who was held in a Mexican jail for 214 days on weapons charges, with many feeling
he was unfairly accused and detained. Upon his release in 2014, Trump donated $25,000 to help him get his life started again.
In 1988, after an airline had turned them down, Trump transported Andrew Ten, an Orthodox Jewish boy with a rare lung disease, and
his parents, from Los Angeles to New York City on his 727 jet, so the boy could undergo special treatments.
In 1997, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club donated $500 to the palm Beach Police Department to help them to buy 30 Beretta laser-sighted
Edith Zepeda of Sleepy Hollow, NY, lost her three children in a car accident in 2004. She was also seriously injured herself. Donald Trump read about their plight in the news and donated $5,000 to the family.
Office supply retailer Staples held a Staplers of the Stars charity auction in 2004, featuring staplers signed by celebrities. Trump’s
autographed stapler sold for $800.
A Celebrity Art Auction held in 2006 by the charity Quantum House featured art created by many celebrities including Donald Trump.
The charity provides shelter for families with children who are undergoing treatment in area hospitals.
In 2007, Trump donated a foursome golf outing at his Trump National Golf Club in NJ to benefit the Green Hope charity, which supports
cancer research at St. Luke’s hospital in Pennsylvania.
Figure Skating In Harlem, a group that supports the sport in the historic neighborhood in NYC, received donations from Trump for three years in a row, and he served as honorary chairman of their Skating With The Stars event in 2010.
In 2016, Trump donated funds to help Israel create new infrastructure and build communities to help absorb Jewish populations who were evacuated from the Sinai Peninsula in the 1980s, and from
Gaza in 2005.
In 2003, Donald Trump donated money to the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in New York City and elsewhere as part of a general
welfare program to help needy families within the community.
In 1983, Trump received the Tree of Life award from the Jewish National Fund, its highest honor, for outstanding service to the cause of Israeli/American relations and support of the nation of Israel.
After reopening the long-closed Steel Pier in Atlantic City, Trump donated use of the pier, and the resulting proceeds from its many
amusements and eateries, to the Atlantic County chapter of the American Red Cross.
High schooler Dustin Edwards of Houston, TX was planning to drop out of school in 1991, but after receiving a letter from Trump asking
him to reconsider, the result of a school letter writing project, he changed his mind and stayed in school.
In 1992, Trump donated $30,000 to Hale House, a charity that supports babies who are born suffering from AIDS or the effects of drug and alcohol abuse on the part of their mothers. He handed the check to founder Clara Hale on her 87th birthday.
The Boynton Beach High School chorus needed $100,000 to transport the students to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in
2005, but they were having trouble raising the money. Trump donated $10,000.
The 13th Annual Celebrity Fight Night and auction, a charity event organized by Muhammed Ali, was held in Phoenix, AZ in 2007. Donald Trump donated a lunch with himself, which sold for $350,000.
In 2007, Trump participated in an auction to benefit the National Prostate Cancer Coalition. He donated a beer bottle on which he had
painted his name and his catchphrase “You’re fired”.
In 1987, Trump co-sponsored the 1st Annual Charity Saltwater Fishing Contest and Fish Fry in Florida, with proceeds going to the
Lord’s Place Children’s Center.
Trump participated with many other celebrities in brokerage company BGC Partners Inc. Annual Charity Day in 2016, helping the
company to raise $12 million for use by charities around the world.
When legendary Tonight Show co-host Ed McMahon was in danger of having his home foreclosed on in 2008, Trump stepped in to stop
the process by buying the home, which was two weeks from the deadline, and leasing the property back to McMahon, allowing him to
continue living there.
After visiting with more than 200 recovering drug addicts at rehabilitation center Day-Top Village in upstate NY in 1989, Trump donated $25,000 to the organization.
In 1985, Trump donated 200 individual rooms and six full suites at the St. Moritz Hotel for use by participants in the 48th International PEN Congress For Writers.
In September of 2017, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump donated $1 million to the relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana in
the wake of Hurricane Harvey.