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December 14, 2015

Gifts Roundup: U. of Iowa Gets $25 Million; Kirk Douglas Gives $15 Million

University of Iowa Foundation

Mary Joy and Jerre Stead gave $25 million to the University of Iowa to help build a children's hospital and to support pediatric research.

A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:

University of Iowa

Jerre and Mary Jo Stead gave $25 million to help pay for the university’s new Children’s Hospital building and to support research on pediatric diseases. The hospital will be renamed the Stead Family University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

Mr. Stead is a 1965 graduate of the university’s Henry B. Tippie College of Business. He is the chief executive of IHS Inc., a data and analytics company.

Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation

The well-known actor Kirk Douglas, and his wife, Anne, celebrated his 99th birthday by giving the foundation $15 million to help build a new senior-care facility, which will be named for Mr. Douglas.

In 1992 the couple established a care center for Alzheimer’s patients, called Harry’s Haven, which will be housed in the new building. The Motion Picture and Television Fund provides programs and services for entertainment-industry workers of all ages.

University of California at Los Angeles

Leonard Goldberg, executive producer of the CBS television series "Blue Bloods," and his wife, Wendy, an editor and writer, gave $10 million to support multidisciplinary research on migraine headaches and treatment of the condition.

Though most of the gift will aid the study of migraines, $1.5 million will be used to establish the Goldberg Health System Fund and $500,000 for a Goldberg Head and Neck Fund in the department of head and neck surgery.

University of Francisco

Dolores Staudenraus, a celebrated battlefield nurse and public-health director, left $8 million to the university for scholarships for students from Stockton and the Central Valley areas of California, where she grew up. She died in January.

Ms. Staudenraus received an undergraduate degree in nursing from the university in 1954. She served during the Vietnam War as a Navy battlefield nurse in the largest combat hospital in Da Nang, treating wounded soldiers during the siege of Khe Sanh. She later served as a recruiting officer for the U.S. Navy nurse corps and was a director of the U.S. Public Health Service. She invested in real estate throughout her life.

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chris Gladwin, founder of Cleversafe, a big-data storage company, gave $7.6 million to the institute’s computer-science department to expand facilities, recruit faculty, and establish an endowment.

He serves on the institute’s Board of Trustees, and although he did not attend the institution, Mr. Gladwin hired many of its students when he started Cleversafe in 2004. He recently sold the company to IBM.

University of Colorado at Boulder

Korey Wise, one of five black and Latino teenagers wrongfully convicted in an infamous 1989 crime in Central Park, gave $190,000 to the Innocence Project, a national litigation and public-policy organization at the University of Colorado Law School. The money will pay for a full-time program director and the program’s investigative work.

Mr. Wise and the four other men, dubbed the "Central Park 5" at the time of their arrest, were exonerated in 2002 in the rape and beating of a female jogger in New York’s Central Park. Mr. Wise was 16 at the time of his arrest and ended up serving more than 11 years in prison for the crime he did not commit. The men received multimillion-dollar settlements from New York last year.

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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Note: A previous version of this article said that the $8 million gift from Dolores Staudenraus went to the University of California at San Francisco instead of the University of San Francisco.