Amount donated in 2014: $70.4-million
Top beneficiary: Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Other notable gifts: San Diego State University; La Jolla Music Society
Background: Mr. Prebys owns Progress Construction and Management.
Mr. Prebys pledged $25-million to endow the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and gave $100,000 for the institute’s annual Symphony at Salk fundraising gala.
The Southern California business man also pledged $20-million to San Diego State University to endow scholarships for former foster youths, veterans, students with entrepreneurial skills, those who participate in student leadership programs, honors students, and those pursuing degrees in biomedical research and the creative and performing arts. He gave the university an additional $2.5-million to endow a professorship in biomedical research and $500,000 to endow a professorship in music.
A number of other nonprofits in the San Diego area benefited from Mr. Prebys’s generosity. He donated $15-million to the La Jolla Music Society for a new performing-arts center, which will be named for him; $3.4-million to the San Diego Museum of Art for programs, exhibitions, and the purchase of a painting by the 15th-century Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbarán; $1-million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego for a soccer arena; $1-million to Masterpiece Trust for the Public Broadcasting System’s "Masterpiece Theatre" programming; and a total of $1.9-million to other San Diego charities.