Stephen Colbert Challenges Donald Trump to Donate $1M to Charity

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"The classic story of riches to richer."

According to Donald Trump, one million dollars is a "small" amount of money — at least that's how he described his father's initial loan to help him get started in business — so Late Show host Stephen Colbert has now asked him to part with that amount for a good cause.

On his show Wednesday, Colbert called Trump out for comments he recently made during a town hall presented by NBC's Today show when the former Apprentice host told Matt Lauer his humble beginnings came from a $1 million loan from his father. When Lauer interjected with that amount of money being considered a fortune to most, Trump countered with it not being much compared to the wealth he had built. 

Enter Colbert.

"Clearly, this is the inspiring story of a young man who made good," said Colbert. "The classic story of riches to richer."

Holding an oversized check for $1 million on his late night desk, the former Comedy Central personality asked Trump for his autograph so the funds could go to Harlem Children's Zone, a non-profit working with poverty-stricken children and families.

The memo line of the check reads: "No big deal." 

"Now Mr. Trump all you have to do is come here and sign it, proving that a million dollars really is a small amount of money," said Colbert. 

Harlem Children's Zone officials were not aware of the bit until contacted by THR

"We are honored Stephen Colbert thought our mission to break the cycle of poverty through education and community supports should be the beneficiary of his challenge," said Marty Lipp, spokesman for Harlem Children's Zone.

A spokeswoman for Trump did not responded to a request for comment.