Sidney Kimmel went to Hollywood to make serious movies. Now he's thinking big box-office hits aren't such a bad thing.
Sidney Kimmel is a relatively inconspicuous philanthropist in view of the truly game-changing scale of his giving, particularly in medical and cancer research. He has given hundreds of millions to the cause.
“As I worked with him, I found that he was a man who really had purpose. And when he said he'd do something, he did it.”
A New York clothing industry billionaire has donated $150 million to the Johns Hopkins University's cancer center, the largest single gift ever to the university.
Vice President Joe Biden was at Johns Hopkins University to annouce a $125 million gift to create an institute focused solely on promising immunotherapy research to cure cancer.
WWD dubbed Sidney Kimmel “A Quiet Giant” in 1988, 18 years after he founded the Jones New York label.
The ultra-rich continued to give big to American nonprofits in the past year, with the sum of the 10 largest single donations of the year nearly equaling the combined top 10 of 2013.
“Sidney understands that for Judaism, for Jewish tradition, for Jewish life to continue, it needs investment in Jewish education…. Sidney exemplifies that which is best in Jewish tradition, in the American tradition. He is a proud Jew and he is a proud American.”
“Sidney had very powerful ideas about the Kimmel Center. One was excellence… the whole project had to contribute beyond the description of what the project was supposed to do.”
“As the single largest individual supporter of cancer research in the United States, he’s been an influential ally to so many of us in this fight. Sidney, you are truly an inspiration to us all. On behalf of everyone in the cancer advocacy community and the patients whose lives you’ve touched, thank you for your generosity and your commitment."
“Sidney has been closely involved with my alma mater through his support of the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has been a hero of mine for as long as I have known him.”
The Sidney Kimmel Foundation donated $110 million to Thomas Jefferson University.
"Sidney brings his business acumen and financial resources to the world of cancer research; his commitment is unwavering; his funding and advocacy are creative. And while so many are grateful for his unparalleled support of SU2C, Sidney’s greatest impact on cancer research has been the inspiration he has brought to other donors and medical professionals. I am so honored to call him a dear friend."
The National Constitution Center has received a $2 million contribution from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation to renovate and upgrade the Sidney Kimmel Theater and its live multimedia production, Freedom Rising.
"While Sidney was my ‘go-to person’ so many times, the sincerity of his friendship and commitment was so deep that I always felt I was engaged with a partner. We are all fortunate beneficiaries of his insight and generosity and are very glad he gives back to the place he calls home.”
The Schuylkill is a long way from China's Yangtze River. But the Philadelphia region can boast of people who have the wisdom of the old boat man and hearts whose ripples of kindness splash across this land.