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August 24, 2015

Gifts Roundup: 2 Anonymous $25-Million Donations

Total Wilson for the Kansas City Art Institute

Brett Reif, center, an associate professor and director of the School of the Foundation Year at Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri, teaching students in a foundation class.

A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:

Gustavus Adolphus College

An anonymous family gave $25 million to the Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, to renovate and expand the Alfred Nobel Hall of Science.

Kansas City Art Institute

Another anonymous donor gave $25 million to Kansas City Art Institute through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Of that amount, $14 million is earmarked for the art school’s endowment, $6 million will support scholarships and faculty positions, and $5 million will be used for campus improvements.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

W.A. (Tex) Moncrief Jr., president of Moncrief Oil, pledged $25 million for an affiliated campus that will be named for him and his father. The new building will be called the UT Southwestern Monty and Tex Moncrief Medical Center at Fort Worth. The donor graduated from the University of Texas in 1942 with a degree in petroleum engineering. His father died in 1986.

North Carolina State University

The family of Randall Terry, a newspaper publisher who died in 2004, gave $16 million through the Randall B. Terry Charitable Foundation to benefit the College of Veterinary Medicine. Of the gift, half ($8 million) will endow student scholarships, $5 million will endow faculty positions, and $3 million will be used to support research.

Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis entrepreneurs Maxine Clark and Bob Fox pledged $7.5 million for programs and facilities at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. They are giving an additional $540,000 to support the university’s Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.

Ms. Clark founded the retail company Build-A-Bear Workshop. Mr. Fox founded NewSpace Inc., a closet- and home-organization furniture business. He also founded Casa de Salud, a nonprofit health and wellness center for immigrants.

EB Research Partnership

Ari Deshe, one of the founders of Safe Auto Insurance, and his wife, Ann, gave $3 million to the EB Research Partnership, an organization that works to treat and find a cure for epidermolysis bullosa, a rare skin disorder. The money will support research programs at Stanford University and the University of Minnesota.

Ms. Deshe is an heir to the Schottenstein family fortune. The Schottensteins own retail companies that include American Eagle Outfitters and DSW.

Pittsburg State University in Kansas

John and Susan Lowe pledged $3 million for a new building for the Kelce College of Business at the Kansas university. Mr. Lowe is a senior executive adviser for Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Company, an energy-investment and banking firm.

The couple both graduated from the university in 1981, Mr. Lowe with a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting, and Ms. Lowe with a bachelor’s in business administration and finance.

Georgia State University

Regynald Washington, chief executive of Hojeij Branded Foods, gave $1 million to the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. The money will endow graduate scholarships and programs. The school’s graduate program will be named the Regynald G. Washington Master of Global Hospitality Management.

To learn about other big donations, see our database of gifts of $1 million or more, which is updated throughout the week.

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