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Jewish millionaire donates $28 million to Family Matters

By Mason White 1:24 PM February 12, 2013
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By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) A Washington based charity has announced that it has received a record breaking donation from an elderly Jewish millionaire, according to press reports in Washington.

The local philanthropist has left $28 million to one of the oldest charities of social services in the District of Columbia.

Family Matters of Greater Washington, on Wednesday, announced the gift from Richard A. Herman. The organization was formerly known as Family and Child Services of Washington.

Herman died in November, just months after his 100th birthday. He was a Washington, D.C. native who trained as an architect and inherited his wealth from his father, who was chief engineer of the Southern Railway, now Norfolk Southern Corporation

Family Matters was founded in 1882 and offers a range of services, including mental health counseling and child welfare. the charity also said that Herman began donating $25 a year in 1967, and increased his donations over time.

Herman has also donated to the Kennedy Center and other art groups.

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