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GIVING BIG: Philanthropist Jay Baker got rich growing Kohl’s stores – now he’s sharing the wealth and his time with Naples

Philanthropist Jay Baker got rich growing Kohl's stores - now he's sharing the wealth and his time with Naples
Philanthropist Jay Baker got rich growing Kohl’s stores – now he’s sharing the wealth and his time with Naples

“I don’t understand why more people don’t donate to the community where they live,” said Baker, emphasizing that he and his wife don’t just write checks but get involved with the charities and causes they support.

The couple’s other contributions include a $10 million endowment for the Baker Museum, which was formerly the Naples Museum of Art in 2007, and $10 million in February to help build a new 56,000-square-foot theater complex for Gulfshore Playhouse, which is operating out of the Norris Center.