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August 08, 2016

Small Group of Big Donors Powers African-American Museum

Nineteen individuals, foundations, and corporations have collectively contributed more than two-thirds of the $273 million raised to date toward construction of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Washington Post writes in a rundown of the $5 million-plus donors.

The roster draws on fortunes from a range of industries and includes entities that have traditionally not supported cultural causes. The list is headed by the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation, which has given a total of $21 million, and the Lilly Endowment and investment mogul Robert Smith ($20 million each). Officials with the museum, which is set to open on the National Mall next month, have spent more than a decade wooing donors to secure the $270 million in private giving needed to match a federal allocation for the Smithsonian project.