Margaret A. Cargill was born September 24, 1920, in Los Angeles, California.
The granddaughter of William W. Cargill, founder of Cargill, Incorporated, Ms. Cargill spent much of her childhood in Minneapolis with her parents Austen and Anne Cargill and her brother James.
Ms. Cargill attended Kemper Hall, an Episcopal high school in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where she graduated in 1940. In 1954 she earned a degree in arts education from the University of Minnesota and moved to Southern California, where she made her home for the rest of her life.
Highly private, yet adventurous and independent, she enjoyed the company of a small circle of friends who shared her interests in arts and crafts, dogs, and camping in the “great outdoors.”
Later in life, Ms. Cargill became an active, yet largely silent, philanthropist. Much of her substantial lifetime giving was conducted through Akaloa Resource Foundation and Anne Ray Charitable Trust, which she formed to allow her to give anonymously and keep any attention on grantees’ good work. Through her will, she provided that Margaret A. Cargill Foundation be created upon her death. She passed away on August 1, 2006.
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies carries on her philanthropic vision.