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Inspiring Philanthropy

Maryland Congressman David Trone gives in South Carolina

Philanthropy is a driving force in the world of Congressman David Trone. Through his family foundation, his company, and his work in Congress, Trone’s objectives are always the same: mental health, addiction, medical research, and social justice. 

Trone’s Family Foundation
Trone earned a B.A. from Furman University, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1977, and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. David met June at Wharton, where she also earned an M.B.A. The Trones live in Potomac, Maryland, and are the parents of four children. The family foundation was established in 2011.  

Trone’s Business
Trone started Total Wine & More in 1991. It has grown to 245 stores in 27 states, and is the largest private wine retailer in the country. With more than 12,000 employees and sales of $5.5 billion, the opportunity to encourage philanthropy is tremendous. In 2021 alone, Total Wine & More donated more than $9 million in monetary and in-kind donations to over 13,000 non-profits in 29 states, helping those charities raise more than $60 million for their organizations' good works. 

Furman University
"As a proud alumnus of Furman University, I am honored by the opportunity to give back in a meaningful way on an issue of great personal importance," said Trone earlier this year. The $10 million donation will impact three areas: Trone Center for Mental Fitness, Trone Family Fund for Student Mental Health and Well-Being, and the Hillel Endowment Fund. 

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