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Steve Madden Gives $1M to Two Ten

The unrestricted gift is one of the foundation’s largest-ever personal donations.

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Steve Madden is giving back.

The creative director and design head of Steven Madden Ltd. has made, along with his wife Wendy, an unrestricted $1 million gift to the Two Ten Footwear Foundation. The nonprofit called it one of the largest personal donations in its history.

“I’ve met so many great people and been lucky that I love what I do,” Madden said. “I’ve been given this lucky break, and we’ve done very well — better than I should have — and I just want to give back.”

“Steve and Wendy’s gift to Two Ten is their personal expression of compassion for the work we do and for the shoe industry they love,” Two Ten President Neal Newman said in a statement.

There are no stipulations on the gift, Madden said.

“I’ve worked with them over the years, and it’s a fantastic organization. I trust them to do what’s best,” he said. “I’m just grateful I’m in the position to do it.”