According to the Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA), former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg gave $50 million to Boston’s Museum of Science. Bloomberg credits his intellectual and scientific interest from his hometown institution.
As JTA reports, this donation was the single largest in the history of the museum. This generosity will go to support the institution’s education division that is now named to honor is parents as the William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center.
Bloomberg commented on remembering going to the Museum every Saturday morning using public transportation from Medford, a town outside of Boston, to attend it’s educational programs, JTA reported.
“I know how important this Museum is and what an impact it can have on young people — because I was one of those young people,” Bloomberg said in a statement published on the museum’s website.
“Those mornings were the highlight of my weeks—and they helped define the course of my life,” Bloomberg said. “The Museum of Science is where I learned to ask questions, to recognize just how much there is to learn about the world, and to follow science wherever it leads.”
“We are thrilled by Mike’s extraordinary generosity,” said Museum president and director, Ioannis Miaoulis. “With his gift, he is investing in young people — in making a new generation of critical thinkers. This generous gift dramatically expands our capacity to make science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) accessible to all,” Ioannis said in the statement.
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This is not the first time Bloomberg has been generous with his wealth and honored his parents.
In the past, Bloomberg also supported the renovation of the Charles Hayden Planetarium along with student field trips and internships, according to the Boston Globe.
“Bloomberg honored his parents and his mother with several donations to local institutions and Jewish causes including a $1 million donation to Temple Shalom in Medford, the family’s synagogue,” JTA mentions. In 2003, he also established a Hospital in Israel in her name for maternity and pedicatrics.