In life, George Mitchell was lauded not only as a titan of industry, but also a prolific philanthropist. In death, it seems he was no different.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported this week that Mitchell was the second-most charitable donor of 2013. The $750 million that Mitchell left to the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation was behind only a donation made by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Mitchell died in July at the age of 94.
The Mitchells established their foundation in 1978. It supports a variety of nonprofits, with a focus on making grants to support clean energy, sustainability, science and water.
This year was the third time Mitchell had appeared on the Chronicle’s Top 50 list of charitable donors. He last made the list in 2003.
The Chronicle analyzed gifts and pledges of cash and stock to nonprofit organizations made by individuals in 2013.
Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, donated 18 million shares of Facebook stock to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation last year. The shares are valued at about $992.2 million.
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is a non-profit that makes grants and helps philanthropists manage their charitable giving.
Mitchell’s bequest put him ahead of Nike founder Phil Knight, and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.