Poole gift to NC State makes list of major contributions

February 15, 2011
By Bill Krueger

Lonnie Poole ’59 has joined an elite group with his gift of $40 million to NC State. Poole and his wife, Carol, have┬ábeen named to the Slate 60, a list of the largest American charitable contributions in 2010.

The Pooles gave $37 million to fund an endowment to support what is now known as the Lonnie C. Poole Jr. College of Management. They gave $2.5 million to fund the Carol Johnson Poole Club House at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course on Centennial Campus, and $500,000 for the Carol Johnson Poole Endowment for Humanities and Social Sciences.

That was enough to land the Pooles at number 27 on Slate’s list.

Topping the list was George Soros, a New York hedge fund manager who gave $332 million to the Open Society Foundation and other groups. Other notables on the list include New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, oilman T. Boone Pickens and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The Slate 60 made a total of $3.36 billion in charitable contributions last year.

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