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Ric Weiland, former Microsoft Employee, Leaves $65M LGBT Gift

The Seattle Times reported over the weekend on the $160 million bequest of early Microsoft employee Ric Weiland, who took his own life in June 2006 after suffering from depression. The Pride Foundation in Seattle, to which Weiland left $19, was directed to distribute another $46 million among various LGBT organizations:

Weiland"It has taken more than a year to sort out his estate, and the full scope of Weiland's giving is now starting to emerge. The first disbursements began last summer and will be completed sometime this year. For the Pride Foundation, which has an annual budget of $2.5 million and endowment of $3 million, Weiland's gift of more than $19 million will significantly expand its efforts throughout the Northwest. The money will support anti-discrimination campaigns and programs to help youths, develop future leaders and provide scholarships. 'It's a gigantic investment in our equal-rights movement,' said Zan McColloch-Lussier, the Pride Foundation's director of communications. 'It will be here long after our kids' kids are gone.' Weiland gave another $46 million to the Pride Foundation to distribute to 10 national organizations over eight years."

The full list of those benefiting from Weiland's estate, AFTER THE JUMP...

Receipients of Ric Weiland's Bequest

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
Children’s Hospital
Environmental Defense
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
In The Life
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)
Lakeside School
Lambda Legal
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)
Nature Conservancy (WA State and National)
National Wildlife Federation
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Pride Foundation
Project Inform
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
Sierra Club
Stanford University
United Way King County

Seattle man who helped launch Microsoft left $65M for gay rights [seattle times]

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  1. Wow. It's sad he felt suicide was the only remedy for his pain, but he was certainly generous in death.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 25, 2008 9:54:48 AM

  2. Andy, your first paragraph erroneously reports that he left only a paltry nineteen dollars, not nineteen million dollars!

    Posted by: Dr. Theopolis | Feb 25, 2008 10:55:13 AM

  3. Pride Foundation is a great organization -- they've been supporting local LGBT community organizing in the Northwest for over 20 years. Three million of the $19 million is to add to their scholarship endowment -- Pride and the local gay chamber of commerce jointly give $250,000 a year in scholarships. This gift means they will be able to increase the funding for educating GLBT people and our allies by another $150,000 a year, and their grants to organizations by at least $800,000 a year. It's an amazing gift from a thoughtful, compassionate man who, even in the midst of his own pain, cared deeply for every part of our community.

    Posted by: Smartypants | Feb 25, 2008 12:58:08 PM

  4. This is amazing. I hope mainstream news picks up on this.

    Posted by: Jordan | Feb 25, 2008 8:04:02 PM

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