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Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-06-06

At A Glance

Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation

5800 Airline Dr.

Metairie, LA United States 70003-3876

Telephone: (504) 731-1780

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business; Sports

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $12,679,556

Total giving: $9,837,173






Established in 2007 in TX - Founded by Gayle and Tom Benson. Tom Benson is the owner of the National Football League's New Orleans Saints and the National Basketball Association's New Orleans Pelicans. Benson became wealthy by investing profits from his automobile dealerships into local banks. He eventually purchased several small banks and formed Benson Financial, which he sold to Wells Fargo in 1996.

Fields of Interest

  • Catholicism
  • Christianity
  • Higher education
  • Religion
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Catholics
  • Christians
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $12,679,556 (market value)

Gifts received: $7,045,100

Expenditures: $9,838,244

Total giving: $9,837,173

Qualifying distributions: $9,837,173

Giving activities include:

$9,837,173 for 52 grants (high: $1,200,000; low: $100)