Social worker, Alan Naiman, unexpectedly donated $11 million worth of his estate to children’s charities in Seattle when he died of cancer this year at the age of 63.

Naiman’s friends are currently preparing to celebrate his life in January 2019. 


Over the course of his life, kids became very important to Naiman. While living, Naiman had a few foster children and cared for his brother Daniel, who had developmental disabilities. Before going into social work at the Washington Department of Social and Health Services, Naiman worked as a banker. One of his friends, Shashi Karan, who worked with him at the bank in the 80s and kept in touch over the years until his death on Jan. 8, 2018, told CNN that Naiman worked three jobs to establish himself as a social worker.

During Naiman’s career as a social worker, he earned $67,234 per year, and according to his friends, he inherited millions from his parents.

“He was just that kind of guy that he couldn’t just spend the money. It was just in his nature to save the money and put it aside,” Karan told CNN. 

Karan revealed that he was one of the few people that knew how much money Naiman had. “I think he always knew that he was going to leave his money to charity,” Karan said.

Naiman donated $2.5 million to the Pediatric Interim Care Center, an organization that cares for babies suffering from prenatal drug exposure and that also help mothers who struggle with substance abuse issues. It had been noted that Naiman’s donation is the largest the center has ever received.

According to the organization’s website, which paid a tribute to Naiman, it used the money to pay off its mortgage and purchase a vehicle to transport children. “We are so grateful to Alan, not only for his legacy, but also for the life he devoted to children,” the organization wrote.

Naiman also donated to the Childhaven group which it said it planned on using the money to provide essential services to youth and vulnerable children in foster care. 

Other charities that Naiman donated to include, Make-A-Wish and Father Flanagan’s Boys Town and Treehouse. He also gave money to his parent’s Catholic church and Disabled American Veterans. 

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