Phil Schiller and Kim Gassett-Schiller Donate $10M to Bowdoin College's Coastal Studies Center in Maine
Sep 6, 2017 10:20 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller and his wife Kim have donated $10 million to Bowdoin College's Coastal Studies Center on Harpswell Sound in Harpswell, Maine, as a user on Reddit pointed out today. In a press release, Bowdoin explained that the gift will allow it to "substantially expand" the facilities in which students perform ocean research and study environmental education.


Specifically, Bowdoin said that thanks to the gift from the Schillers, the college will be able to add a state-of-the art dry laboratory, convening center, modern classrooms, and housing and dining facilities.
“This extraordinary act of generosity and vision by Phil and Kim Schiller will transform the Coastal Studies Center into a facility where students and faculty from Bowdoin and from other institutions can gather together for concentrated periods to learn from each other and to advance knowledge and understanding about the ocean, marine science and the impact of climate change on marine life.”
Phil Schiller explained the family's donation in a video shared recently by Bowdoin, citing the college's efforts in developing new methods to research and fight against pollution, climate change, and other environmental issues. Schiller himself was born on the east coast in Natick, Massachusetts and graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Boston College. One of his sons, Mark, graduated from Bowdoin earlier in 2017.

In response to the $10 million donation, Bowdoin has named the center the "Schiller Coastal Studies Center (SCSC)." The SCSC is located on 118 acres of land that occupies 2.5 miles of the Maine coastline, and is situated on Orr's Island, about 12 miles outside of Bowdoin's main campus. For more information about the center, and the Schillers' donation to Bowdoin, check out the college's website here.


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24 weeks ago
Is it just me or do they have the *exact* same face? She is like the female version of Phil haha
Rating: 20 Votes
24 weeks ago

Figures. Schiller does love to spin great fish tales about Apple Products. Seriously though -- Reel nice donation. Bowdoin should be able to net some good research with it.


Yep, no floundering at all with a guy like Phil, he's not shellfish at all. I'm shore this money will go to a good porpoise.
Rating: 12 Votes
24 weeks ago
Granted some don't like Schiller on stage,
But This is a really unselfish donation they donated and its an area Likely that many don't think about when it comes to researching the Marine environment. I myself would like to understand more about the marine environment.
Rating: 10 Votes
24 weeks ago
That’s very nice of them. It’s an area of research that probably can’t ever have too much funding.
Rating: 9 Votes
24 weeks ago
Craig and Phil seem like the nicest guys at Apple.
Rating: 7 Votes
24 weeks ago
Figures. Schiller does love to spin great fish tales about Apple Products. Seriously though -- Reel nice donation. Bowdoin should be able to net some good research with it.
Rating: 6 Votes
24 weeks ago

/Tries to find something cynical or snarky
/Leaves disappointed:mad:

Good job Phil and Kim.


Joking aside, think about that number for a minute. 10 Million. That's a tremendous amount of money to donate to a research cause that most never have heard or were aware of. There are a lot of things the Schillers could have invested/spent that money on, and they chose to invest into something that likely could always use funding for the better of the marine environment.
Rating: 5 Votes
24 weeks ago

Before you put Phil and his wife on some philanthropic moral pedestal, look at it this way: You may deduct a maximum of up to 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) (Line 36 on IRS Form 1040) for the tax year the donation was given.

Translated: Phil makes so much freakin' money it's cheaper for him to give away 10 million dollars in charitable donations than to pay the taxes on his full AGI. And a little positive press and having your legacy preserved in the form of a building named after you never hurt anyone either.


No, it's not cheaper for him. A 10 million dollar donation means at best he saves the income tax on 10 million dollar income. He still ends up with about six or seven million dollars less in his pocket.
Rating: 5 Votes
24 weeks ago
I'm not saying this isn't generous, or they don't really care about this donation/cause, but this isn't the purely altruistic gesture everyone here seems to think it is. There is no such thing as a completely selfless act.

Before you put Phil and his wife on some philanthropic moral pedestal, look at it this way: You may deduct a maximum of up to 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) (Line 36 on IRS Form 1040) for the tax year the donation was given.

Translated: Phil makes so much freakin' money it's cheaper for him to give away 10 million dollars in charitable donations than to pay the taxes on his full AGI. And a little positive press and having your legacy preserved in the form of a building named after you never hurt anyone either. ;)
Rating: 4 Votes
24 weeks ago

Is it just me or do they have the *exact* same face? She is like the female version of Phil haha


Many people seem to marry or fall in love with someone with the same facial features as their "familiar" to oneself. Their also most likely high school sweethearts so they've spent a LOt of time in their lives together and thus begin to look similar.

That’s very nice of them. It’s an area of research that probably can’t ever have too much funding.


Granted some don't like Schiller on stage,
But This is a really unselfish donation they donated and its an area Likely that many don't think about when it comes to researching the Marine environment. I myself would like to understand more about the marine environment.


Education is paramount today in society as it's always been troughout time. Since their kids attend this school the donation is promoted yet also still unselfish and a great contribution the world hopefully can benefit from. THIS is the responsibility of the wealthy.
Rating: 3 Votes

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