The trustees for the foundation of Leona Helmsley, who died in 2007 and famously bequeathed the majority of her $5.2 billion in a trust for charities that support dogs (and $12 million in trust for her own dog, an amount that was lowered to $2 million by a judge), announced that they have dispersed the first round of grants from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
According to a New York Times article, the first $136 million round of funds was primarily granted to medical centers. A February ruling determined that trustees have sole discretion in determining how the money will be distributed and that the Trust does not have to donate only to organizations that support dogs.
According to the Trust’s Web site, the foundation will give in the areas of health and medical research, human services, education and conservation. A Chronicle of Philanthropy article states that the first round of grants include nine $100,000 awards to canine organizations.
Click here to see how the first round of funds was disbursed and for future grant opportunities.