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August 08, 2016

Gifts Roundup: Michael Jordan Gives $2 Million to Mend Police-Community Ties

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Former NBA superstar Michael Jordan donated $1 million each to law-enforcement and civil-rights groups working to bridge the divide between police and African-American communities.

A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:

NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the International Association of Chiefs of Police

Basketball great Michael Jordan pledged $1 million apiece to the two organization to back efforts to build trust between civilians and police across the country.

The donation to the NAACP fund will go toward its Race and Policing Reform Campaign, a program focused on ensuring that federal grants to police departments are used to support efforts to end racial bias in enforcement procedures and promote updated policing practices.

The gift to the police chiefs’ group will support efforts by its Institute for Community-Police Relations to carry out recommendations made by in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Mr. Jordan, now the majority owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, said in a statement posted on the NAACP’s website that he was "deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers" and expressed hope that his contributions "will help both organizations make a positive difference."

Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center

William Shepard donated $10 million to the Shepard Endowment for Healthcare Engineering to expand the Jump Center’s library of 3D printed hearts.

The library provides doctors with a model of a patient’s heart, created from MRI information, which physicians can study to prepare for treating the patient ahead of surgery.

Mr. Shepard established the endowment with a $5 million gift in 2012 to help Jump develop the library. He is the founder of the brokerage company Shepard International and a co-owner of Jump Trading, an investment firm.

Barton College

Emerson Clarence Winstead left $7.8 million for financial aid, primarily for students from North Carolina.

Mr. Winstead, who died in 2012, was a longtime donor to the Wilson, N.C., college. He served as the administrative officer for grants and programs at Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf.

University of California at Irvine Health

Josephine Herbert Gleis and her son, Gavin Herbert Jr., committed $5 million to back research at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute.

Ms. Gleis’s late husband, Gavin Herbert Sr., was a pharmacist who founded what would become Allergan. Her son ran the pharmaceutical company from 1961 until the mid 1990s.

Ms. Gleis and the younger Mr. Herbert gave the health system $10 million in 2007 to jump-start the creation of the eye institute.

Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay

Les and Pam Muma pledged $5 million to expand the organization’s programs.

Ms. Muma serves on the board of the charity’s Tampa Bay branch and is leading its current fundraising campaign. She formerly led the board of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin’s Women’s Association.

Mr. Muma is a retired chairman of Fiserv, a provider of financial-services technology that he co-founded in 1984. He served on the board of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin before he retired and the couple moved to the Tampa Bay area.

Rice University

Goldye Marian Spain left more than $4.1 million to the university’s Jewish-studies and music programs.

Ms. Spain, who died in 2014, directed $3.6 million toward the Program in Jewish Studies in Rice’s School of Humanities to support a professorship, a postdoctoral fellowship, and a variety of programs. The remaining $500,000 was earmarked for the Shepherd School of Music and will support various programs and scholarships for music students.

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

Note: This article has been corrected to say that Michael Jordan is majority owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, not the Charlotte Bobcats.

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