Emily Rauh Pulitzer leads list of top Missouri philanthropists

Emily Rauh Pulitzer ranks as Missouri’s top living philanthropist since 2005, giving a total of $47.5 million to charity in that time, according to a new report in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Pulitzer, a former curator at the St. Louis Art Museum, donated $45 million and 31 important works of art to the Harvard Art Museum in 2008. She is the widow of Joseph Pulitzer Jr., former chairman of the Pulitzer Publishing Company and publisher of St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The report said that she also made smaller gifts to the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, a St. Louis institution she founded.

The report is mainly based on The Chronicle’s Philanthropy 50 data, which consists of large donations made by individuals across the nation. To avoid double-counting, it counts gifts made by donors to their family foundations while excluding disbursements from those foundations. The report also used information from The Chronicle’s separate online gift database and other coverage by the publication.

Higher education draws big dollars

A separate charitable gift database compiled by The Chronicle shows $887 million of donations by Missouri-based donors since 2005. About half of the gifts, or $449.4 million, went to colleges and universities.

About 18 percent of charitable dollars went to the health sector.

Causes in St. Louis received almost 47 percent of the charity, with a total amount of $413 million. About 23 percent of the gifts went to causes in other states.

This database includes charitable gifts of $1 million or more. It may not include every major donation, as many the donors prefer to give anonymously and quietly, according to The Chronicle.

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