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July 11, 2016

Gifts Roundup: Harvard Law Alumnus Donates $15 Million for Cyberspace Studies

Martha Stewart

Attorney and Sunlight Foundation co-founder Michael Klein gave $15 million to the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School to support to cyberspace-related research and educational programs.

A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:

Harvard Law School

Michael Klein donated $15 million to the school’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society to back research and educational programs. The center will be renamed the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

The donor earned a Master of Laws degree at Harvard in 1967 and was a partner at the law firm WilmerHale for 30 years.

Mr. Klein is the chairman of the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit he co-founded in 2005 to bring greater transparency to the workings of Congress.

Randolph College

Laura Maud Battle Winstead and her husband, Emerson Winstead, left $7.8 million for scholarships, primarily for students from North Carolina.

Ms. Winstead, who died in 2006, graduated from the college in 1950 with a degree in French. She went on to teach at Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) and the Greenfield School.

Mr. Winstead died in 2012. He worked for the Eastern North Carolina Sanatorium for 20 years and later the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, where he served as an administrative officer for grants and programs.

Field Museum

Financier Kenneth Griffin gave $5.5 million through his foundation to pay for a new traveling exhibition called Antarctic Dinosaurs.

The money will also support dinosaur-related educational programming, including a multimedia tool kit and an immersive video game. Both will enable users to go back in time through animated, digital 3D objects and specimens.

Mr. Griffin founded Citadel, a hedge fund.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Steven and Alexandra Cohen donated $3 million through their family foundation to support the hospital’s neonatal unit, which will be named for them.

Mr. Cohen founded the hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors. The firm pleaded guilty to insider-trading violations in 2013 and paid a $1.2-billion fine.

Mr. Cohen was not charged personally with any wrongdoing. He has since started the investment firm Point72 Asset Management.

Equal Justice Initiative

Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine gave $1 million through their Crimson Lion Foundation to help the human-rights organization with its criminal-justice work representing needy defendants and prisoners.

Mr. Lavine is the co-managing partner of Bain Capital, a global investment firm.

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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