Founding Donors

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is grateful to Congress and the American people for their financial support. The Museum also acknowledges the generosity of our Founding Donors. Founding Donors are donors who make a commitment of $1 million or more to the National Museum of African American History and Culture prior to its opening in 2016.

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Pinnacle Donors ($20 million and above)

Lilly Endowment Inc.
Mr. Robert Frederick Smith
The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation


Capstone Donors ($10 million and above)

The Atlantic Philanthropies
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Rhimes Family Foundation
David M. Rubenstein


Cornerstone Donors ($5 million and above)

American Express
The Boeing Company
Ford Foundation
Robert L. Johnson

Kaiser Permanente
The Rockefeller Foundation
​UnitedHealth Group

Keystone Donors ($2 million and above)

21st Century Fox and News Corp
Bank of America
The Walt Disney Company
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Kovler Foundation
Medtronic Foundation
The Moore Charitable Foundation/
   Louis Moore Bacon
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Northrop Grumman*

Smithsonian Channel
Earl W. and Amanda Stafford
Patty Stonesifer and Michael Kinsley
Time Warner Foundation
United Technologies Corporation
Walton Family Foundation*
Anthony and Beatrice Welters and
   the Vincent Wilkinson Foundation

Milestone Donors ($1 million and above)

Rodney and Michelle Adkins
Aetna Foundation, Inc.
Aflac Incorporated
Alfred Street Baptist Church
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated
Altria Group
Jeff & MacKenzie Bezos
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Dr. and Mrs. T.B. Boyd III and Family/
   The R.H. Boyd Company
Brown Capital Management
The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Kenneth I. and Kathryn Chenault
The Coca-Cola Foundation
Dr. N. Anthony and Mrs. Robyn Coles
Michael and Susan Dell
Dignity Health
Dow Chemical Company*
Andreas C. Dracopoulos
Sandra J. Evers-Manly*
The Executive Leadership Council
FedEx Corporation
Ford Motor Company Fund
Andréa and Kenneth Frazier
Patricia and Phillip Frost
William J. and Brenda L. Galloway & Family
David Geffen Foundation
General Mills Foundation
General Motors
James T. George and Juliette J. George
Goldman Sachs
The Hartford
Mellody Hobson and George Lucas
LaTanya, Zoe and Samuel L. Jackson
Johnson Publishing Company
James A. Johnson
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Robert and Arlene Kogod

*pending documentation

Loida Nicolas Lewis, Leslie Lewis
   and Christina Lewis Halpern
The Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, Inc.
The Links Foundation, Incorporated
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
McDonald’s Corporation
Rose A. McElrath-Slade
Mattie McFadden-Lawson, Michael A.
   Lawson, Esq., and Family
James L. and Juliette McNeil
MetLife Foundation
MGM Resorts International
Microsoft Corporation
Mark & Brenda Moore and Family
Morgan Stanley
National Basketball Association
National Basketball Players Association Foundation
National Football League*
Nationwide Foundation
New York Life
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Richard D. and Laura A. Parsons
The PepsiCo Foundation
Tyler Perry
Colin and Alma Powell
J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation
Franklin D. Raines and Denise Grant
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock
Deborah Sara Santana
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity/Boulé Foundation
Bill and Tish Slattery & the Slattery
   Family Foundation
Gerald B. and Anita Smith Family
Southern Company Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Stephen J. Stoute
Reginald Van Lee
Craig and Diane Welburn and Family
Wells Fargo
Robert L. Wright
Xerox Foundation

As of June 30, 2016

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