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June 20, 2016

Gifts Roundup: D.C. Financier Donates $20 Million to the Holocaust Museum

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Visitors to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum take in the Tower of Faces, part of the Washington institution’s permanent collection. Financier Allan Holt and his wife, Shelley, donated $20 million to maintain and upgrade the collection.

A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:

Harvard University

Tim and Michele Barakett gave $25 million to create two scholarship programs for undergraduates in the arts and sciences. A portion of the donation, $1 million, will support the university’s hockey program.

Mr. Barakett founded the hedge fund Atticus Capital in 1995 and led it until 2010. He now leads TRB Advisors, a private-investment firm. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard in 1987 and an M.B.A. from its business school in 1993.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Allan and Shelley Holt donated $20 million to revitalize the museum’s permanent collection.

Mr. Holt, the vice chairman of the museum’s governing board, is a senior partner at the Carlyle Group and helps to lead the private-equity firm’s buyout group.

His father survived six years in concentration camps, including Auschwitz, and his mother survived the Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz. They were freed from the camps by U.S. troops.

Mr. Holt said in a news release that he wanted to do something that would honor Holocaust victims and make sure the museum continues its education programs into the future.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Real-estate investor and banker Edward Dowd gave $3 million to establish the Edward M. Dowd Personal Advocate Program, which will expand the charity’s personalized case management for people living with multiple sclerosis who need specialized services and support.

Mr. Dowd has lived with the disease for many years and said in a news release that he wants to help improve the quality of life of people living with MS who lack resources to pay for extra services.

The donor helped found San Jose National Bank and other Bay Area financial institutions. He also founded EMD Properties, a real-estate firm.

Arkansas Zoological Foundation

Jayne Jackson, an animal and zoo lover who died last year, left a roughly $3-million trust to endow the Jayne and Fletcher Jackson Foundation. The gift will support programs at the Little Rock Zoo.

Ms. Jackson worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Little Rock and served for many years as a jury clerk for the U.S. District Court there. She was the widow of Earl Fletcher Jackson, a longtime federal prosecutor who died in 2014.

University of Vermont College of Medicine

Bob and Holly Miller donated $3 million to establish the Holly and Bob Miller Chair in Palliative Medicine.

Mr. Miller founded REM Development, a commercial real-estate developer. Ms. Miller is a member of the Palliative Care Collaborative, a partnership among the university, its medical center, and the Visiting Nurse Association.

In 2013, the couple gave the university’s medical center a 15-acre site with a commercial building, then valued at $13.1 million.

Croswell Opera House

George and Julianne Argyros gave $2.5 million through their family foundation to renovate the 150-year-old theater.

Ms. Argyros grew up in Adrian, Mich., where the theater is located. Mr. Argyros is a real-estate investor in California. He served as the U.S. ambassador to Spain from 2001 to 2004.

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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