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July 25, 2016

Gifts Roundup: Art Dealer Gives UCLA $20 Million to Expand Studios

Johnston Marklee

Longtime Los Angeles gallery owner Margo Leavin donated $20 million to UCLA to rebuild studio facilities for graduate art students in a renovated warehouse. This rendering shows the planned central critique space.

A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:

University of California at Los Angeles

Art dealer Margo Leavin gave $20 million to rebuild and expand studio facilities for graduate students at the university’s School of the Arts and Architecture.

Ms. Leavin, a longtime contemporary-art dealer and former gallery owner, is a 1958 UCLA graduate. The complex, scheduled to open in 2019, will be renamed the UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios. It will include public exhibition space and an artist-in-residence studio.

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

David Friend, the founder of online backup service Carbonite, gave $4 million to support a gem and mineral gallery that will open to the public in October.

David Friend Hall will feature more than 150 mineral and gem specimens from private collections in the United States. Mr. Friend is a 1969 Yale alumnus.

Kansas City Symphony

The David T. Beals III Charitable Trust gave $2.7 million to endow the symphony’s assistant conductor position.

Mr. Beals was an energy executive and a patron of the arts in his native Kansas City. The trust was established in 1982, five years before his death.

The symphony gift represents the remainder of the trust, which Mr. Beals wished to be distributed 10 years after the passing of his wife, Jeanne McCray Beals.

National Park Foundation

Financier Mike Raney and his wife, Sue, gave $2 million to restore the Wonderland Trail at Mount Rainier National Park and the Enchanted Valley Trail at Olympic National Park over a 10-year period.

Mr. Raney is one of the founders of Rainier Investment Management, a Seattle-based firm.

The gift establishes two new programs under the national 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, which puts thousands of youth and recent veterans to work protecting and restoring cultural and natural resources.

A $1-million grant from the REI Foundation will also support restoration of the two trails.

WXXI Public Broadcasting

Tom Golisano gave $2 million to help the Rochester, N.Y., public-television station upgrade lighting and control systems and production equipment.

Mr. Golisano is the founder of payroll-processing company Paychex.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

University trustee Betty Kabara gave $1.5 million to support business and science education.

Ms. Kabara is chief executive of Med-Chem Labs, a maker of nutritional supplements. The company was founded by her late husband, Jon Kabara, a Saint Mary’s alumnus.

The gift will establish an endowed professorship in entrepreneurship and innovation and create the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies Office Suite. It will also support the construction of a new chemistry lab, to be named for the couple.

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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