Donald Bren

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Donald Bren Philanthropy

In 2008, BusinessWeek ranked Mr. Bren No. 9 nationally among philanthropists, citing the more than $907 million he has given or pledged since 2003. Mr. Brenís lifetime giving exceeds $1.3 billion, according to the magazineís estimates.


Donald Bren is part of a group of dedicated community entrepreneurs working to improve education, advance research and enhance conservation.

He has been recognized as one of “The 50 Most Generous Philanthropists” in the nation by BusinessWeek magazine. In 2008, the magazine cited the $907 million Bren has donated or pledged since 2003 to his three primary areas of philanthropy: education, conservation and research.

Bren's lifetime giving exceeds $1.3 billion, according to the magazine's estimates.

In 2007, Bren was elected a Fellow of the Prestigious American Academy of Arts & Sciences.  Fellows are elected worldwide through a highly competitive process and are chosen for their lasting contributions to their disciplines and to society. Bren was elected in the category of Business, Corporate and Philanthropic Leadership – Private Sector.