Apple's Phil Schiller & wife donate $10M to Maine's Bowdoin College

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Apple marketing head Phil Schiller and his wife, Kim Gassett-Schiller, have together donated $10 million to Bowdoin College in Maine -- a school their sons Erik and Mark attended, the latter graduating this year.




The money will be used to build a "dry" lab connecting to an existing marine lab for Bowdoin's coastal studies center, as well as a "convening" center with housing, classrooms, and dining facilities. In exchange, the coastal studies center is being renamed to the Schiller Coastal Studies Center.

Schiller and his wife can be seen in a promotional video, where they talk about the importance of the environmental research involved and some of their own related experiences.



Schiller rarely enters the limelight outside of Apple's press events, where he shares the stage with people like CEO Tim Cook and software and services head Eddy Cue. His role at the company has made him a wealthy individual, and he's sometimes called upon to address minor controversies, such the fate of the Mac mini or the development of the original iPhone.
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  • Reply 1 of 21
    Can't wait for critics to scream at them and tell them they should've given their money to hurricane victims, the homeless, the overweight, solar panels for the depressed, some bizarre favored political cause, etc.
    edited September 2017
  • Reply 2 of 21
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 19,805member
    Can't wait for critics to scream at them and tell them they should've given their money to hurricane victims, the homeless, the improperly dressed, their favored political causes, etc.
    Sounds like a great donation to me (altho they're already a fairly wealthy college, particularly for their size, over a $B in endowments). I've always had a special fondness for Bowdoin.
    edited September 2017
  • Reply 3 of 21
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,704member
    At least they're not donating to the Red Cross....That would be a waste of a donation. 
    baconstangviclauyyc
  • Reply 4 of 21
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,608member
    Can't wait for critics to scream at them and tell them they should've given their money to hurricane victims, the homeless, the overweight, solar panels for the depressed, some bizarre favored political cause, etc.
    I need to raise some cash for my research into the speed of light in furlongs per fortnight. Brother can you spare a dime?
  • Reply 5 of 21
    Can't wait for critics to scream at them and tell them they should've given their money to hurricane victims, the homeless, the overweight, solar panels for the depressed, some bizarre favored political cause, etc.
    I think they should have donated to Houston Hurcane recovery efforts.. 
    I guess u think it would not have been  a good idea.. ?
    edited September 2017
  • Reply 6 of 21
    Can't wait for critics to scream at them and tell them they should've given their money to hurricane victims, the homeless, the overweight, solar panels for the depressed, some bizarre favored political cause, etc.
    I think they should have donated to Houston Hurcane recovery efforts.. 
    I guess u think it would not have been  a good idea.. ?
    It's not a good idea because it's their money and they are free to spend it, waste it, set it on fire... whatever they want to do with it as they please. They don't owe anyone excuses for their choices.
    edited September 2017 lolliverbaconstangargonaut
  • Reply 7 of 21
    Can't wait for critics to scream at them and tell them they should've given their money to hurricane victims, the homeless, the overweight, solar panels for the depressed, some bizarre favored political cause, etc.
    I think they should have donated to Houston Hurcane recovery efforts.. 
    I guess u think it would not have been  a good idea.. ?
    It's not a good idea because it's their money and they are free to spend it, waste it, set it on fire... whatever they want to do with it as they please. They don't owe anyone excuses for their choices.
    Every action reveals   something about the person behind it.  They made it a public donation.. they could have kept it anonymous and avoid opinions.
    No they dont owe anything to anyone..
    Sure they can smoke it if they like...
    But  the idea is who needs it most at the moment... and why they made that choice at this time...


    i just happen to be on the side that that money could have been put to a better use at this time. 
  • Reply 8 of 21
    macguimacgui Posts: 1,058member
    Can't wait for critics to scream at them and tell them they should've given their money to hurricane victims, the homeless, the overweight, solar panels for the depressed, some bizarre favored political cause, etc.
    You didn't have to wait long.

    When I see remarks that somebody donated to the 'wrong' cause or 'didn't donate enough' I always wonder just how much the complainer donated or what they did to make an impact on the World Condition.  

    And I always suspect that it is/was next to if not— nothing.


    It's not a good idea because it's their money and they are free to spend it, waste it, set it on fire... whatever they want to do with it as they please. They don't owe anyone excuses for their choices.
    This. 


    sog35 said:
    macxpress said:
    At least they're not donating to the Red Cross....That would be a waste of a donation
    what does that mean? whats wrong with the red Cross?
    Good question. He speaks as though the Red Cross provides no services and therefore deserves no money. He's clearly (lol) got his head up his ass. For it's faults, the Red Cross still manages to do a lot of good. I've seen it first hand.

    So, a wasted donation? No, that's pure bullshit.
    StrangeDayslolliverargonaut
  • Reply 9 of 21
    Can't wait for critics to scream at them and tell them they should've given their money to hurricane victims, the homeless, the overweight, solar panels for the depressed, some bizarre favored political cause, etc.
    I think they should have donated to Houston Hurcane recovery efforts.. 
    I guess u think it would not have been  a good idea.. ?
    It's not a good idea because it's their money and they are free to spend it, waste it, set it on fire... whatever they want to do with it as they please. They don't owe anyone excuses for their choices.
    Every action reveals   something about the person behind it.  They made it a public donation.. they could have kept it anonymous and avoid opinions.
    No they dont owe anything to anyone..
    Sure they can smoke it if they like...
    But  the idea is who needs it most at the moment... and why they made that choice at this time...


    i just happen to be on the side that that money could have been put to a better use at this time. 
    (Bolded for emphasis, above)

    It's their money. Not yours, not mine.
    lolliverbaconstangargonaut
  • Reply 10 of 21
    I see this is turning into a referendum on "worthy" or effective orgs and causes. Just because this is publicized doesn't mean they haven't donated elsewhere such as Red Cross, other Houston recovery, etc. Donations this big do take a lot of time to cultivate. It's not like it would have happened and they said "nah" to Houston and "oh, hey, Bowdoin" instead. But don't mind me. Just thought I'd add that comment.
    patchythepirateStrangeDaysbaconstang
  • Reply 11 of 21
    sog35 said:
    macxpress said:
    At least they're not donating to the Red Cross....That would be a waste of a donation. 
    what does that mean? whats wrong with the red Cross?


    This looks like the Rich donating to the Rich to be richer.
    A rich private college gets millions from a rich man.

    Sorry but this money would be much better used in Houston.
    Because the RedCross takes 10-20% of your donation and they're only going to help people in shelters. Sure, its temporary relief that they do need, but its nothing compared to the amount of money people will need to rebuild to last the rest of their lives. There are better places that use 100% of the proceeds and help others out in better ways. 

    Maybe it could be better used in Houston, but its better being in a better charity. 
    baconstang
  • Reply 12 of 21
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,608member
    Can't wait for critics to scream at them and tell them they should've given their money to hurricane victims, the homeless, the overweight, solar panels for the depressed, some bizarre favored political cause, etc.
    I think they should have donated to Houston Hurcane recovery efforts.. 
    I guess u think it would not have been  a good idea.. ?
    It's not a good idea because it's their money and they are free to spend it, waste it, set it on fire... whatever they want to do with it as they please. They don't owe anyone excuses for their choices.
    You have to understand people like @yojimbo007 as they don’t think like the producers of this world do. In their minds money is a community asset, not a personal one. So the community gets to decide where money is spent, how it is accumulated, who gets some, who doesn’t. It’s a disease called socialism.
    edited September 2017
  • Reply 13 of 21
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,608member

    sog35 said:
    macxpress said:
    At least they're not donating to the Red Cross....That would be a waste of a donation. 
    what does that mean? whats wrong with the red Cross?


    This looks like the Rich donating to the Rich to be richer.
    A rich private college gets millions from a rich man.

    Sorry but this money would be much better used in Houston.
    You do NOT have the right to an opinion on this matter. It’s not your money, you didn’t earn it, and you certainly don’t get to decide how it is spent. So just shut your pie hole and keep your ignorance and stupidity to yourself. 
    edited September 2017
  • Reply 14 of 21
    lkrupp said:

    sog35 said:
    macxpress said:
    At least they're not donating to the Red Cross....That would be a waste of a donation. 
    what does that mean? whats wrong with the red Cross?


    This looks like the Rich donating to the Rich to be richer.
    A rich private college gets millions from a rich man.

    Sorry but this money would be much better used in Houston.
    You do NOT have the right to an opinion on this matter. It’s not your money, you didn’t earn it, and you certainly don’t get to decide how it is spent. So just shut your pie hole and keep your ignorance and stupidity to yourself. 
    He could cash in all of this Apple stock he likes to brag about and donate it to a charity that will help out Harvey victims....or maybe Irma ones after this weekend. 
  • Reply 15 of 21
    I see this is turning into a referendum on "worthy" or effective orgs and causes. Just because this is publicized doesn't mean they haven't donated elsewhere such as Red Cross, other Houston recovery, etc. Donations this big do take a lot of time to cultivate. It's not like it would have happened and they said "nah" to Houston and "oh, hey, Bowdoin" instead. But don't mind me. Just thought I'd add that comment.
    People telling other people what to do with their own money burns me up.
  • Reply 16 of 21
    Can't wait for critics to scream at them and tell them they should've given their money to hurricane victims, the homeless, the overweight, solar panels for the depressed, some bizarre favored political cause, etc.
    I think they should have donated to Houston Hurcane recovery efforts.. 
    I guess u think it would not have been  a good idea.. ?
    It's not a good idea because it's their money and they are free to spend it, waste it, set it on fire... whatever they want to do with it as they please. They don't owe anyone excuses for their choices.
    Every action reveals   something about the person behind it.  They made it a public donation.. they could have kept it anonymous and avoid opinions.
    No they dont owe anything to anyone..
    Sure they can smoke it if they like...
    But  the idea is who needs it most at the moment... and why they made that choice at this time...


    i just happen to be on the side that that money could have been put to a better use at this time. 
    Somewhere in the world, there is always a few wars, crisis and disaster. May not be in US but somewhere. I know American don't give a fuck about the rest of the world, unless there is oil or something important. But someone somewhere is suffering. In your theory, people just can't donate as their wish.. Because someone is always suffering. For example, some refugees in Middle East are facing much worse situation than the hurricane victim.
    Also he is smart and rich enough to make his own decisions. 
  • Reply 17 of 21
    lkrupp said:
    Can't wait for critics to scream at them and tell them they should've given their money to hurricane victims, the homeless, the overweight, solar panels for the depressed, some bizarre favored political cause, etc.
    I think they should have donated to Houston Hurcane recovery efforts.. 
    I guess u think it would not have been  a good idea.. ?
    It's not a good idea because it's their money and they are free to spend it, waste it, set it on fire... whatever they want to do with it as they please. They don't owe anyone excuses for their choices.
    You have to understand people like @yojimbo007 as they don’t think like the producers of this world do. In their minds money is a community asset, not a personal one. So the community gets to decide where money is spent, how it is accumulated, who gets some, who doesn’t. It’s a disease called socialism.
    That sounds really left to me. Almost like the animal farm.
  • Reply 18 of 21
    tundraboytundraboy Posts: 1,597member
    Seems like Phil's been working out and skipping the buffet table.  Maybe he can get Jony to join him.

  • Reply 19 of 21
    tundraboy said:
    Seems like Phil's been working out and skipping the buffet table.  Maybe he can get Jony to join him.

    Jony has really ballooned up like the Michelin Man.
  • Reply 20 of 21
    Can't wait for critics to scream at them and tell them they should've given their money to hurricane victims, the homeless, the overweight, solar panels for the depressed, some bizarre favored political cause, etc.
    I think they should have donated to Houston Hurcane recovery efforts.. 
    I guess u think it would not have been  a good idea.. ?
    Houston Hurricane - is that the result of climate change? If so then maybe the best money is toward education and prevention.

    If you follow the Copenhagen accords then there are many causes that if funded have a greater impact on world peace and reducing human suffering. The value in a donation isn't just the amount, but rather the impact given the money spent. Part of that impact is whether you are satisfied with your donation. 

    It is nice that they donated after their child  graduates - it eliminates any perception that their child did not earn all their honours on their own merit. Very classy! 
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