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Surprised Again?

Giving USA 2011 was just released and not surprisingly, 3 of the top 10 charitable gifts were from bequests, again.

Bequest were 1, 2 and 9 on the list. Even more interesting, the largest bequest, from the Estate of Margaret A. Cargill, was $6 billion. Yes, that’s billion. Her gift alone is more than all of the rest of the Philanthropy 50 combined. The other two bequests in the top ten were $500 million and $125 million. The largest non-bequest was $372.6 million by Paul Allen.

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