NEW YORK — When Catholic schools in Boston, New York and Minneapolis open again in September, they’ll have financial contributions at their disposal, many from a surprising source — non-Catholics. Who are the philanthropists, and why do they give?
Take retired hedge-fund advisor Robert Wilson, who made his millions as a growth-stock investor at his firm, Wilson Associates, and describes himself as an atheist. He took $15,000 in 1949 and turned it into $225 million by the time he retired in 1986 at the age of 60.
Then Wilson began giving it away.
Wilson says that he wants to donate 70% of his wealth before he dies. So far, he has given more than $550 million to charitable causes,...READ MORE