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This generous Cincinnatti couple donated $50 million

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A Cincinnati couple with a history of giving away millions of dollars has done it again.

This month, Xavier University announced the receipt of a $50-million gift from Harry and Linda Fath. Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition.

The Faths have given away millions of dollars to organizations in Cincinnati. Let's take a quick look at their story.

The Cincinnati entrepreneur

Fifty years ago, Harry Fath was working as a lawyer when he bought a six-unit apartment building.

He thought there was more opportunity in real estate than law, so he decided to quit law and pursue a career in purchasing properties.

It proved to be a wise decision as Fath has grown his business, Fath Properties, to a portfolio of 28 properties and over 7,800 units across Ohio, northern Kentucky, Indiana, and Dallas, Texas.

His business has made Fath a very wealthy man. And he is giving a lot of his fortune away.


While the couple gives heavily, Harry and his wife, Linda, prefer to do it quietly, unlike many philanthropists. So you won't find their name honored on buildings of organizations they've supported around Cincinnati, despite their impact.

They donate to various causes, including health, education, and local tourism.

Some of their donations include:

  • In February 2018, Linda and Harry Fath donated $50 million to the Christian ministry Mercy Ships. It went toward a floating hospital on a former cruise ship supporting needy people. They donated a second $50 million to Mercy Ships in December last year. 
  • A $50 million gift to the Cincinnati Zoo in 2018, which is the largest in its history.
  • The same year they also donated $50 million to the Lindner Center, which serves tens of thousands who struggle with mental illness or addiction.
  • $10 million for scholarships to St. Xavier High School. This was followed by a $50 million gift designated for tuition assistance.
  • $50 million to the University of Notre Dame to use exclusively for undergraduate financial aid. 
  • In 2015 a $5 million donation was made to help renovate the Cincinnati Music Hall.
  • $ 1 million to Purcell Marian High School. While neither Harry nor Linda attended the school, they have been long-term supporters of CISE, Cincinnati's Catholic inner-city school initiative.

The $50 million donation to Xavier can now be added to this list.

“Xavier is a significant asset to our community. Linda and I are honored to be able to make this gift to Xavier University. My own Jesuit, Catholic education made me who I am today. It is our hope that this gift will change thousands of lives for the better and allow for a Xavier education to be available to those who seek the experience.” Harry Fath

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