Unassuming millionaire leaves almost $200 million in charitable donations


Jack MacDonald (Courtesy: Seattle Children’s Hospital)

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SEATTLE, Wash. —  Jack MacDonald was known for many things, being rich wasn’t one of them. KING 5 in Seattle reports that MacDonald was thrifty, he clipped coupons and had sweaters with holes ripped out. But earlier this week three charities held a press conference to announce a $187 million charitable trust bequeathed to the organizations by MacDonald.

KING 5 reports that MacDonald passed away in September and three organizations were particularly close to his heart. His fortune’s proceeds will now be directed to help fund pediatric research at Seattle Children’s Hospital,  the Salvation Army and the University of Washington’s School of Law.

The gift to Seattle Children’s is the largest known gift that will directly fund pediatric research. A member of the hospital’s foundation said that the gift and the way it was delivered was right in line with MacDonald’s personality.

“(He was) very modest, very gentle presence, unassuming and did not want to call attention to himself, but always loved hearing news about all the research advances,” Lorraine Del Prado told KING 5.

MacDonald’s fortune was only known to his family and close friends. The donation came as something of a shock considering how he was known to be so frugal. A large portion of the fortune came from his parents and he felt it was important to be a good steward and carry on their legacy of charity.

A man who knew MacDonald and ran a local senior living house had great admiration not only for what was done, but how it was done.

“God bless him for living that kind of life, and leaving this legacy, this quiet legacy,” Bob Anderson told KING 5.

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