Johnstown, PA — The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies is pleased to announce the Donald L. Green Legacy Fund. The fund will initially provide a million-dollar endowment to support causes in Southwestern Pennsylvania, specifically to improve the lives of abused and abandoned animals and to enrich the quality of life for residents of the area. The primary emphasis will focus on Green’s concern for animals. To date, his quality of life gifting includes the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), where he has multiple endowed scholarship funds, and supported education through a large dining room in memory of his mother, Isabella Wilkinson Green, who was one of the first two students to receive a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from Indiana State Teacher’s College in 1927.
The Donald L. Green Legacy Fund is one of many charitable funds that Green has established over the years. He also has additional funds with the Community Foundation and the Pittsburgh Foundation. Through his work with the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, he has contributed more than $500,000 since 2010.
After receiving his master’s degree in finance and accounting, Green began a successful investment career in Mellon Bank’s (now BNY Mellon) Trust Department where he analyzed stocks for investment opportunities. He was promoted to manage the trust department’s newly created tax-exempt bond section. As time passed, Green yearned to work directly with clients, one-on-one. This was satisfied by an offer from Pittsburgh National Bank (now PNC Bank). He found this new opportunity particularly interesting and challenging. After a number of years had passed, his original employer (Mellon) made an unsolicited offer for Green to return and work with their clients. Green did so and eventually retired from Mellon.
“At the Community Foundation, we are incredibly grateful to Don for his generosity and giving spirit. His legacy will be alive in a permanent way through the ongoing support of his charitable interests in our region and beyond,” said Community Foundation President Mike Kane.