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Big Charitable Gifts: Where Donors Have Given $1 Million or More

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2016Nicolas Berggruen Charitable Trust (Nicolas Berggruen)CaliforniaInvestmentsBerggruen Institute (Los Angeles)CaliforniaPublic affairsBerggruen Institute (Los Angeles) has received $500 million from Nicolas Berggruen, an art collector and investor, through his Nicolas Berggruen Charitable Trust to support his eponymous public-policy think tank. The institute is based in Los Angeles and brings together academics and intellectuals several times a year for conferences that discuss social and political issues the world faces. Mr. Berggruen founded Berggruen Holdings, invests in real estate, energy, and other businesses, and is involved in private-equity and financial endeavors.$500,000,000
2016Howard and Lottie MarcusHealth care, InvestmentsAmerican Associates, Ben-Gurion U. of the Negev (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesBequestAmerican Associates, Ben-Gurion U. of the Negev (New York) has received a $400-million bequest from Howard and Lottie Marcus to back Ben-Gurion's Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research. Dr. Marcus, a dentist and physician, died in 2014 at age 104, and Ms. Marcus died late last year at 99. The Marcuses were early investors in Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, and the bequest represents the bulk of their estate.$400,000,000
2016Philip H. KnightOregonManufacturingStanford U. (Calif.)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesStanford U. has received $400 million from Philip Knight, co-founder and the chairman of Nike, to establish the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, a graduate program that aims to prepare the next generation of global leaders. Mr. Knight received a master's in business administration from Stanford in 1962. In 2006, he donated $105 million to the university to build a new campus for its graduate business school and to support faculty endowment.$400,000,000
2016Steven A. CohenConnecticutFinanceCohen Veterans Network (Stamford, Conn.)ConnecticutSocial servicesPledgeCohen Veterans Network (Stamford, Conn.) has received a pledge of $275 million from Steven Cohen to start a new veterans charity that will offer free care to former service members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental-health issues. Mr. Cohen founded SAC Capital Advisors, a hedge fund that now goes by the name Point72 Asset Management. He is the father of a Marine who served in Afghanistan.$275,000,000
2016Lawrence J. EllisonCaliforniaTechnologyU. of Southern California (Los Angeles)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesU. of Southern California (Los Angeles) has received a donation of $200 million from Lawrence Ellison to establish the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine, a new center that will aim to combine interdisciplinary research with holistic prevention and treatment of cancer. Mr. Ellison founded software company Oracle and the Lawrence Ellison Foundation, which supports biomedical research, education, global health and development, and wildlife conservation.$200,000,000
2016Charles T. MungerCaliforniaInvestmentsU. of California at Santa BarbaraCaliforniaColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of California at Santa Barbara has received a pledge of $200 million from Charles Munger, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, for new student housing for undergraduates. In 2014, Mr. Munger gave the Santa Barbara campus more than $65 million to build a residence hall for visiting physicists. His grandson Charles Munger III earned bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science the university.$200,000,000
2016Sanford I. and Joan H. WeillNew YorkFinanceU. of California at San FranciscoCaliforniaColleges and universitiesU. of California at San Francisco has received $185 million from Sanford and Joan Weill to start the Weill Institute for Neurosciences. The donation will help pay for a building to house the new institute, which will feature 45 basic research labs as well as clinics to provide care to patients with brain-related disorders. The Weills' donation will also be used to hire between 45 and 50 new researchers. Mr. Weill led Citigroup from 1998 to 2006 and is also a former president of American Express.$185,000,000
2016Robert E. and Dorothy J. KingCaliforniaFinanceStanford U. (Calif.)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesGiftStanford U. (Calif.) has received $100 million from Robert King, founder and partner at the investment firm Peninsula Capital, and his wife, Dorothy, to offer scholarships to students from some of the poorest regions of the world. It will also support a global leadership course as part of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program.$100,000,000
2016Reed HastingsEntertainmentSilicon Valley Community Foundation (Mountain View, Calif.)CaliforniaCommunity foundationsSilicon Valley Community Foundation (Mountain View, Calif.) has received $100 million from Reed Hastings, founder of Netflix, to establish the Hastings Fund, a private philanthropy. He plans to support education groups with the money and announced the first two grants from the foundation: a total of $1.5-million to the UNCF and the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.$100,000,000
2016Kingsley and Kenyon GillespieConnecticutMedia and entertainmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge)MassachusettsHealthBequestMassachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge), Stamford Hospital Foundation (Conn.), the Rotary Club of Stamford (Conn.), First Presbyterian Church of Stamford (Conn.), Setauket Presbyterian Church (N.Y.), and the Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages (Stony Brook, N.Y.) has received a bequest of $100 million from Kingsley and Kenyon Gillespie. Stamford Hospital will receive $50 million of the donation and the other five beneficiaries will receive roughly $10 million apiece. Mr. Gillespie was the publisher of two Connecticut newspapers, the Stamford Advocate and the Greenwich Time, and he owned a Stamford-area radio station. When he died in 1984, he left his estate to his son, Kenyon, who significantly increased the family's assets through investments. Kenyon Gillespie died in 2015.$100,000,000
2016David GeffenCaliforniaEntertainmentMuseum of Modern Art (New York)New YorkArtsThe Museum of Modern Art (New York) has received a of $100 million from David Geffen, co-founder of DreamWorks Studios SKG and founder of Geffen Records, to support the museum's renovation and expansion project. Museum officials plan to name a fourth-floor exhibition space the David Geffen Galleries and three floors of galleries in a new building will be called the David Geffen Wing. Mr. Geffen has been a regular supporter of the museum over the years, donating artworks and lending pieces from his collection to exhibits like a 1996 Jasper Johns retrospective.$100,000,000
2016Paul G. AllenWashingtonTechnologyPaul G. Allen Frontiers Group (Seattle)WashingtonSciencePledgePaul G. Allen Frontiers Group (Seattle) has received a pledge of $100 million from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to create a new organization to support work in bioscience deemed too new or untested to attract grant money from the National Institutes of Health and other government agencies. The Frontier Group's first two grants of $30 million apiece are going to Stanford and Tufts universities to establish new research centers. Individual scientists will receive about $1 million each to support their research in areas such as antibiotic resistance, the development of brain circuitry, gene editing, and tissue regeneration.$100,000,000
2016Patricia and Phillip FrostFloridaU. of Miami (Coral Gables, Fla.)FloridaColleges and universitiesU. of Miami (Coral Gables, Fla.) has received $100 million from Phillip and Patricia Frost to support applied sciences and engineering. Mr. Frost is a physician who has led a number of pharmaceutical companies. He was chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center of Greater Miami from 1972 to 1990. The Frosts gave the university $33 million in 2003 for the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music.$100,000,000
2016Simons Foundation (Russell L. Carson and James Simons)New YorkFinance, InvestmentsNew York Genome CenterNew YorkOther groupsPledgeThe New York Genome Center has received pledges of $80 million from the Simons Foundation (James Simons) and $20 million the Carson Family Charitable Trust (Russell Carson). The grants are intended to help the nonprofit raise money from other donors. The donors have promised to match gifts up to a total of $100 million from others over the next three years. Mr. Simons is a hedge-fund manager and a mathematician, and Mr. Carson co-founded the private-equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe. The two men serve on the center's Board of Directors and in 2011 helped start the center.$100,000,000
2016Ronald O. PerelmanNew YorkFinanceWorld Trade Center (New York)New YorkArtsPledgeWorld Trade Center (New York) has received a $75-million pledge from Ronald Perelman to build and endow the operations of a performing-arts complex. The venue will be named for him when it opens in 2020. Mr. Perelman is chairman and chief executive officer of MacAndrews & Forbes, a holding company that invests in consumer goods, banking, and comic-book publishing, among others industries.$75,000,000
2016Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation (Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen)ConnecticutFinanceNewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (New York)New YorkHealthNewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (New York) has received $75 million from the Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation for a new hospital for prenatal and postnatal care. The hospital will be named for the couple. Mr. Cohen founded the hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors.$75,000,000
2016Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation (Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen)ConnecticutFinanceNew York-Presbyterian HospitalNew YorkHealthNew York-Presbyterian Hospital has received $75 million from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation for a new hospital for prenatal and postnatal care. The hospital will be named for the couple. Mr. Cohen founded the hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors.$75,000,000
2016Mickey Sands and Rob Sands and Richard SandsFood and beverageRochester Area Community Foundation (N.Y.)New YorkCommunity foundationsThe Rochester Area Community Foundation (N.Y.) has received $61 million from Mickey Sands and her sons Rob and Richard to establish the Sands Family Supporting Foundation, which will support local arts, education, health, and other groups. Ms. Sands's late husband, Marvin, founded Constellation Brands, a wine, beer, and spirits company, in 1945. Rob Sands is chief executive of the company and Richard Sands is chairman of its board.$61,000,000
2016Nina von MaltzahnFamily wealthCurtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesPledgeCurtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia) has received a $55-million pledge from Nina von Maltzahn, a U.S.-born baroness, for the conservatory's endowment. The money will be paid out over five years as the school prepares for a big fundraising campaign and its 100th anniversary in 2024. Ms. von Maltzahn is a trustee of the school. She previously supported the school's guitar and string-quartet programs, endowed its harp room and two professorships, and backed a number of student tours overseas. She founded the Fundación Retoño (Sapling Foundation), a nonprofit that works to develop better opportunities for at-risk youths in Uruguay.$55,000,000
2016Steven and Roberta DenningConnecticutFinanceStanford U. (Calif.)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesGiftStanford U. (Calif.) has received $50 million from Steven Denning, chairman of General Atlantic, a global growth-equity investment firm in Greenwich, Conn., and his wife, Roberta. The gift will build a student center for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program. Mr. Denning is chair of the university's Board of Trustees.$50,000,000
2016Elaine WynnNevadaCasinos, Family wealth, HotelsLos Angeles County Museum of ArtCaliforniaArtsPledgeLos Angeles County Museum of Art has received a $50-million pledge from Elaine Wynn to help fund a new building for the museum's permanent collection. Ms. Wynn co-founded the Wynn Resorts and Mirage Resorts hotel chains.$50,000,000
2016Sidney KimmelFloridaFinanceJohns Hopkins U. (Baltimore)MarylandColleges and universitiesJohns Hopkins U. (Baltimore) has received $50 million from Sidney Kimmel, founder of the Jones Apparel Group, to create the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. Researchers at the new center will focus on new and promising cancer therapies based on harnessing patients' immune systems to fight the disease. Mr. Kimmel's previous donations to the university include $150 million in 2001 to build the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.$50,000,000
2016Michael R. BloombergNew YorkMedia and entertainmentJohns Hopkins U. (Baltimore)MarylandColleges and universitiesJohns Hopkins U. (Baltimore) has received $50 million from Michael Bloomberg, founder of media company Bloomberg LP and former mayor of New York City, to create the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. Researchers at the new center will focus on new and promising cancer therapies based on harnessing patients' immune systems to fight the disease. Mr. Bloomberg has given more than $1 billion to Johns Hopkins since he graduated from the university in 1964.$50,000,000
2016Harriet Heyman and Michael MoritzCaliforniaU. of ChicagoIllinoisColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Chicago has received a pledge of $50 million from Harriet Heyman and her husband, Michael Moritz, for the Odyssey Scholarship Challenge, which supports undergraduate students with great economic need. The donation, which will be paid over five years, will also expand the Collegiate Scholars Program, which encourages high-achieving students from low-income families to apply to and succeed in college. Ms. Heyman earned a master's degree from the university. She is a former editor at The New York Times and has written for several publications. Mr. Moritz is chairman of Sequoia, a venture-capital firm.$50,000,000
2016Fund II Foundation (Robert F. Smith)FinanceCornell U. (Ithaca, N.Y.)New YorkColleges and universitiesPledgeCornell U. (Ithaca, N.Y.) has received a pledge of $50 million from Fund II Foundation (Robert Smith) to endow the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, support African-American and female students studying engineering, and pay for a fellowship at Cornell Tech, the university's New York City campus. Mr. Smith, a Cornell alumnus, founded Vista Equity Partners, a private-equity firm focused on investments in enterprise software and technology businesses.$50,000,000
2016AnonymousYale U. (New Haven, Conn.)ConnecticutColleges and universitiesYale U. (New Haven, Conn.) has received $50 million from an anonymous donor to renovate the Hall of Graduate Studies to make it a humanities hub. The donation will also establish a permanent endowment for humanities programs and events.$50,000,000
2016Gross Family Foundation (William H. and Sue Gross)CaliforniaFinance, InvestmentsU. of California at IrvineCaliforniaColleges and universitiesU. of California at Irvine has received $40 million from the William and Sue Gross Family Foundation to establish a nursing school and help build a new building to house it. Mr. Gross is the co-founder of Pacific Investment Management Company, a bond-management firm in Newport Beach, Calif.$40,000,000
2016Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund (Kenneth C. Griffin)IllinoisFinanceMuseum of Modern Art (New York)New YorkArtsMuseum of Modern Art (New York) has received an unrestricted donation of $40 million from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund. Museum officials plan to name the institution's iconic building the Kenneth C. Griffin Building. Mr. Griffin is founder of Citadel Investment Group.$40,000,000
2016Simons Foundation (James Simons)New YorkFinanceU. of California at San DiegoCaliforniaColleges and universitiesGiftU. of California at San Diego has received a gift of $38.4 million from the Simons Foundation (James Simons) to build an observatory for the university in Chile. Mr. Simons is the founder and chair of Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund in East Setauket, N.Y.$38,400,000
2016Ernest TschannenReal estate, EngineeringU. of California at Davis Eye CenterCaliforniaColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of California at Davis Eye Center has received a $37-million pledge from Ernest Tschannen to support glaucoma research, eye care, and doctor training at the university's Center for Vision Science. Mr. Tschannen started his career as an engineer and became a real-estate investor. After being diagnosed with glaucoma, he went to the UC Davis Eye Center where he underwent successful eye surgery. He previously gave the center $1.5 million.$37,000,000
2016Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation (Saul Zaentz)IllinoisEntertainmentHarvard Graduate School of Education (Cambridge, Mass.)MassachusettsColleges and universitiesGiftHarvard Graduate School of Education (Cambridge, Mass.) has received $35.5 million from the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation for early-childhood education programs. Mr. Zaentz, an Oscar-winning film producer and record-company executive, died in 2014.$35,500,000
2016Richard and Carolyn BarryMedia and entertainmentOld Dominion U. (Norfolk, Va.)VirginiaColleges and universitiesPledgeOld Dominion U. (Norfolk, Va.) has received a $35-million pledge from Richard and Carolyn Barry to build an art museum at the Norfolk, Va., campus. The donation will support museum operations and an endowment and will be paid over time and through their estates. The couple are also donating their collection of studio art-glass works as well as American modernist paintings. The museum is scheduled to open in 2018. Mr. Barry worked for Landmark Media Enterprises and its predecessor, Landmark Communications, for 40 years. He served in various positions there, most recently as vice chairman. Ms. Barry is an art collector.$35,000,000
2016Michael P. PolskyIllinoisEnergyU. of ChicagoIllinoisColleges and universitiesU. of Chicago has received $35 million from Michael Polsky, founder of Invenergy, a wind- and solar-energy company, to endow a number of entrepreneurship programs and unite them under the aegis of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Mr. Polsky previously gave a total of $15 million for such programs. He earned an MBA at the university's Booth School of Business in 1987. With the new gift, the expanded Polsky Center, previously part of the Booth school, will become an independent university entity.$35,000,000
2016Joe and Rika MansuetoIllinoisFinanceU. of ChicagoIllinoisColleges and universitiesU. of Chicago has received $35 million from Joe and Rika Mansueto to create the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation. Mr. Mansueto founded the investment-research firm Morningstar. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the university in 1978 and an M.B.A. from its Booth School of Business in 1980. Ms. Mansueto earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the university in 1991. In 2008, the couple donated $25 million to build the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library.$35,000,000
2016Dorothy Braude EdinburgMassachusettsRetailArt Institute of ChicagoIllinoisArtsBequestArt Institute of Chicago has received a bequest of more than $35 million from Dorothy Braude Edinburg to back acquisitions of new works of prints and drawings from the Renaissance to 1960 and Asian ceramics. She died in 2015 at age 94. She was the widow of the late Joseph Edinburg, who led Chandler and Farquhar hardware suppliers in Boston.$35,000,000
2016Sheryl SandbergCaliforniaTechnologySheryl Sandberg Philanthropy Fund (Menlo Park, Calif.)CaliforniaHuman and social servicesSheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, gave shares of stock valued at more than $31 million the Sheryl Sandberg Philanthropy Fund, her donor-advised fund. The money will support nonprofits that help women and girls, including Lean In, a nonprofit she started to foster female leadership, as well as poverty-fighting efforts and education groups.$31,000,000
2016Howard and Rose-Marie MeyersManufacturingNew York U., College of NursingNew YorkColleges and universitiesNew York U. College of Nursing has received $30 million from Howard and Rose-Marie Meyers. Of the total, $22.5 million will endow scholarships for low-income, first-generation college students, and the rest will support academic programs and faculty. The university is renaming the nursing school the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing in honor of Ms. Meyers, who is a nurse. Like many of the students the gift will help, she was the first in her immediate family to go to college. Mr. Meyers, the chairman and chief executive of the metals company Quexco, graduated in 1964 from NYU's Stern School of Business. He serves on the university's Board of Trustees and on the Stern School's Board of Overseers.$30,000,000
2016Bill and Susan Oberndorf Foundation (Bill and Susan Oberndorf)CaliforniaInvestmentsU. of California at San FranciscoCaliforniaColleges and universitiesGiftU. of California at San Francisco has received a gift of $25 million from the Bill and Susan Oberndorf Foundation for psychiatry and neuroscience research. Mr. Oberndorf is chairman of Oberndorf Enterprises, a holding company in San Francisco.$25,000,000
2016Robertson Foundation (Julian H. Robertson Jr.)New YorkFinanceSuccess Academy Charter Schools (New York)New YorkEducationGiftSuccess Academy Charter Schools (New York) has received a gift of $25 million from the Robertson Foundation (Julian Robertson Jr.) to expand its network of charter schools in New York City. Mr. Robertson is the founder of Tiger Management, a hedge fund in New York.$25,000,000
2016Thompson Family Foundation (Wade F.B. Thompson)OhioManufacturingCentral Park Conservancy (New York)New YorkOther groupsBequestCentral Park Conservancy (New York) has received a bequest of $25 million from the Thompson Family Foundation (Wade F.B. Thompson) to support the restoration of the Belvedere Castle, the Children's District, and the Chess and Checkers House. The late Mr. Thompson was chairman of Thor Industries, a recreational-vehicle manufacturer in Jackson Center, Ohio. He died in November 2009.$25,000,000
2016Blavatnik Family Foundation (Len Blavatnik)New YorkChemicals, Media and entertainment, Real estate, TelecommunicationsCarnegie Hall (New York)New YorkArtsCarnegie Hall (New York) has received $25 million from the Blavatnik Family Foundation (Len Blavatnik) to support the music venue's artistic, educational, digital programs. Mr. Blavatnik, a Carnegie Hall trustee, founded Access Industries, which has holdings in oil, entertainment, coal, aluminum, petrochemicals and plastics, telecommunications, media, and real estate in Europe and North and South America. Carnegie Hall officials plan to name the first tier section of seats in the venue's main auditorium for the Blavatnik family.$25,000,000
2016Tim and Michele BarakettFinanceHarvard U. (Cambridge, Mass.)MassachusettsColleges and universitiesHarvard U. (Cambridge, Mass.) has received $25 million from Tim and Michele Barakett 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 earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1987 and an M.B.A. from its business school in 1993. He founded the hedge fund Atticus Capital in 1995 and led it until 2010. He now leads TRB Advisors, a private-investment firm.$25,000,000
2016Barry MacLeanIllinoisManufacturingDartmouth College (Hanover, N.H.)New HampshireColleges and universitiesDartmouth College (Hanover, N.H.) has received $25 million from Barry MacLean for the Thayer School of Engineering. Of the donation, $15 million will pay for a new building and the remaining $10 million will be used to create endowed professorships. Mr. MacLean is chairman and chief executive of MacLean-Fogg, an Illinois-based manufacturing company. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1960 and earned an advanced degree at the engineering school the following year. Three of his children are also Dartmouth alumni.$25,000,000
2016David J. BreazzanoMassachusettsFinanceCornell U. (Ithaca, N.Y.)New YorkColleges and universitiesCornell U. (Ithaca, N.Y.) has received $25 million from David Breazzano, co-founder of DDJ Capital Management, to expand the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. Most of the money will go toward construction of a new building. Four million dollars of the donation will establish the Breazzano Family Faculty Excellence Fund, which will be used to hire new professors. The donor earned an MBA from the Cornell business school in 1980, and his three sons are alumni as well.$25,000,000
2016Andre and Julia LacyIndianaInvestments, ManufacturingButler U. (Indianapolis)IndianaColleges and universitiesPledgeButler U. (Indianapolis) has received $25-million pledge from Andre and Julia Lacy for the College of Business, which will be renamed for the couple. Mr. Lacy is chairman of Lacy Diversified Industries, a company that invests in manufacturing, distribution, and logistics industries around the globe. In addition to the donation, Mr. Lacy plans to serve as senior adviser to the business school. He previously served on the Butler Business Consulting Group Advisory Panel, and the couple has endowed student scholarships within the business school.$25,000,000
2016Jerry PerenchioCaliforniaMedia and entertainmentLos Angeles County Museum of ArtCaliforniaArtsPledgeLos Angeles County Museum of Art has received a $25-million pledge from A. Jerrold Perenchio for a building project. Mr. Perenchio is a former chairman and chief executive of Spanish-language television network Univision and a former talent agent and TV producer.$25,000,000
2016Edward P. Roski Jr. and Gayle Garner RoskiCaliforniaReal estateU. of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine (Los Angeles)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesU. of Southern California (Los Angeles) has received $25 million from Edward Roski Jr., chairman and chief executive of Majestic Realty, and his wife, Gayle, to endow and name the Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute. Ms. Roski received cataract treatment at the institute that improved her ability to see. The couple are alumni of the university and Mr. Roski is a trustee.$25,000,000
2016Ross and Billie McKnightTexasAgriculture, Finance, OilOklahoma State U. (Stillwater)OklahomaColleges and universitiesOklahoma State U. (Stillwater) has received $25 million from Ross and Billie McKnight to establish an endowment for programming at the university's planned performing arts center. The new building will be named for the couple. The McKnights made their fortune in banking, ranching, and oil, and both graduated from the university. Mr. McKnight earned a bachelor's degree in animal science in 1971 and Ms. McKnight earned a bachelor's degree in general business in 1973.$25,000,000
2016Mordecai and Monique KatzEngineeringYeshiva U. (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesYeshiva U. (New York) has received $25 million from Mordecai and Monique Katz to establish the Mordecai D. and Monique C. Katz School of Graduate and Professional Studies. The school will offer degrees in several fields and its programs will include traditional and online courses, with a focus on helping students build professional networks and a portfolio of work. Mordecai Katz is a former aerospace executive and the current vice chairman of the Yeshiva University Board of Trustees. Monique Katz is a retired radiologist and a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, which was formerly affiliated with Yeshiva. She serves as vice chairman of the Board of Overseers at the university's Stern College for Women.$25,000,000
2016Tow Foundation (Leonard Tow and Emily Tow Jackson)TelecommunicationsBarnard College (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesBarnard College (New York) has received $25 million from the Tow Foundation (Leonard Tow and his daughter Emily Tow Jackson) that will go toward building a new teaching and learning center and related programs. Ms. Tow Jackson is an alumna and a trustee of the college. Her father founded Century Communications Corporation, a cable-television and cellular company he later sold.$25,000,000