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September 19, 2016

Gifts Roundup: Johns Hopkins Gets $300 Million for Public-Health Projects

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Michael Bloomberg poses for a portrait on the campus of his alma mater, the Johns Hopkins University. The billionaire business mogul and former New York mayor has donated $1.5 billion to the Baltimore institution since graduating in 1964.

A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave $300 million to the school to establish the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, a program aimed at reshaping the nation’s public-health agenda. The effort will focus on five areas: drug addiction, obesity, gun violence, adolescent health, and environmental threats.

Of the total, $125 million will endow faculty research in those five areas; $100 million will endow 50 public-health fellowships a year; and $75 million will fund scholarships for the university’s new doctoral program in public health and support a biennial public-health summit.

Mr. Bloomberg, who founded the media company Bloomberg LP, graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1964 and has given the university a total of $1.5 billion since.

University of Southern California

Suzanne Dworak-Peck donated $60 million to endow the USC School of Social Work, which has been renamed for her.

Ms. Dworak-Peck is a social worker who has served as president of the National Association of Social Workers and the International Federation of Social Workers. She founded the NASW Communications Network to provide the media and entertainment industries with information and resources about social issues.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in social work from the university in 1965 and 1967, respectively.

University of Virginia

Thompson Dean pledged more than $40 million to the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences to back university efforts to develop new undergraduate courses.

Mr. Dean is a managing partner at Avista Capital Partners, a private-equity firm, and a 1979 graduate of the university.

St. Paul Academy and Summit School

Hugh Schilling gave $15 million to the St. Paul Academy and Summit School for a new math and science center on the private school’s Randolph Campus, site of its classes and facilities for grades six through 12.

Mr. Schilling is the chairman of Horton Holding, an international manufacturing company, and a 1943 graduate of the St. Paul, Minn., academy. The new center will be named for the donor and is scheduled to open in 2018.

University of Cincinnati College of Law

Richard Rosenthal donated $15 million to endow the law school’s Ohio Innocence Project, which works to free wrongfully convicted prison inmates.

The project is part of the law school’s Lois and Richard Rosenthal Institute for Justice, which was named for the donor and his late wife, early supporters of the institute who gave $1 million to endow it in 2004.

This new gift will help to recruit students and faculty and support the Ohio Innocence Project’s programs.

Mr. Rosenthal and his wife ran the family’s F&W Publications, which published specialty books and magazines, for more than 40 years. They sold the company in 1999.

Fairfield University

Maryanne Trump Barry, a senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, gave $4 million for scholarships and to endow the Jesuit university’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality.

Ms. Barry is one of the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s two sisters. Fairfield awarded her an honorary degree in 2011.

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