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

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2017Michael S. and Susan DellTexasTechnologyMichael & Susan Dell Foundation (Austin, Tex.)TexasFoundationsGiftMichael & Susan Dell Foundation (Austin, Tex.) has received $1 billion from Michael and Susan Dell to double its endowment. The foundation plans to expand its support of social entrepreneurs, college mentoring programs, and innovations in education. Mr. Dell is chairman and chief executive of Dell Technologies.$1,000,000,000
2017Henry L. HillmanPennsylvaniaFamily wealth, InvestmentsHillman Family Foundation (Pittsburgh)PennsylvaniaFoundationsBequestHillman Family Foundation (Pittsburgh) has received a bequest of $800 million from Pittsburgh financier Henry Hillman, bringing the total combined value of the foundations to more than $1.2 billion. Mr. Hillman died in April at age 98. He was chairman of the Hillman Company, a holding company founded in the late 1800s as a coal and coke business by his grandfather, Hartwell Hillman Sr. Of the total bequest, $700 million will go to the Henry L. Hillman Foundation. The remainder will be directed to funds Mr. Hillman created in the names of his four children and nine grandchildren. More than 90 percent of the foundations' grant making will benefit the Pittsburgh area.$800,000,000
2017Helen Diller Foundation (Helen Diller)Real estateU. of California at San FranciscoCaliforniaColleges and universitiesUnrestricted BequestU. of California at San Francisco has received a bequest of $500 million from the Helen Diller Foundation. The majority of the donation is unrestricted, however $100 million will help advance biomedical research. The remaining $400 million will support faculty, staff, and students in various medical fields. Ms. Diller died in 2015. Her husband, Sanford, is the founder of Prometheus Real Estate Group.$500,000,000
2017A. James and Alice B. Clark Charitable Foundation (Alice B. Clark)MarylandConstruction, Real estateU. of Maryland at College ParkMarylandColleges and universitiesGiftU. of Maryland at College Park has received $219.5 million from the A. James and Alice B. Clark Charitable Foundation (Alice B. Clark) for scholarships, new professorships, building projects, and other programs. Ms. Clark's late husband was the chairman of Clark Enterprises, a holding company, and Clark Construction Group. He died in 2015.$219,500,000
2017Henry and Susan SamueliCaliforniaTechnology, TelecommunicationsU. of California at IrvineCaliforniaColleges and universitiesGiftU. of California at Irvine has received a gift of $200 million from Henry and Susan Samueli to create a new health-sciences college. Mr. Samueli co-founded Broadcom, a company that manufactures semiconductors. The couple previously gave the university $30 million for a new engineering building and $5.7 million to establish the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine.$200,000,000
2017David GeffenCaliforniaEntertainmentLos Angeles County Museum of ArtCaliforniaArtsPledgeLos Angeles County Museum of Art has received a pledge of $150 million from David Geffen, a co-founder of DreamWorks Studios SKG and founder of Geffen Records, for its capital campaign. The museum will name its permanent collection galleries for Mr. Geffen.$150,000,000
2017AnonymousMassachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge)MassachusettsColleges and universitiesUnrestrictedMassachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge) has received an unrestricted donation of $140 million from an anonymous donor.$140,000,000
2017David RockefellerNew YorkFamily wealthMuseum of Modern Art (New York)New YorkArtsBequestMuseum of Modern Art (New York), in New York, has received a bequest of $125-million from David Rockefeller, retired chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank, in New York. Mr. Rockefeller died in March 2017 at the age of 101.$125,000,000
2017Jay ShidlerHawaiiReal estateU. of Hawaii at ManoaHawaiiColleges and universitiesGift NoncashU. of Hawaii at Manoa has received cash and real estate totaling approximately $117 million from Jay Shidler, founder and managing partner of the Shidler Group, a commercial real-estate company based in Honolulu. The gift will expand the Shidler College of Business and pay for programs at the business school.$117,000,000
2017William and Linda FrostManufacturingCalifornia Polytechnic State U. at San Luis ObispoCaliforniaColleges and universitiesCalifornia Polytechnic State U. at San Luis Obispo has received $110 million from William and Linda Frost for the College of Science and Mathematics. The donation will provide funding for a new interdisciplinary research center, update equipment and other instruments, expand the hiring of instructors, and provide $3.6 million annually to support student scholarships and research stipends. Mr. Frost, an alumnus, founded Chemlogic, a chemical manufacturing company, which he later sold for $1.3 billion.$110,000,000
2017Joseph (Rusty) Walter III and Paula WalterTexasOilHouston Methodist HospitalTexasHealthGiftHouston Methodist Hospital has received $101 million from Joseph (Rusty) Walter III and his wife, Paula, for neuroscience research. Mr. Walter was treated at the hospital following a stroke four years ago. He is the co-owner of Walter Oil & Gas Corporation, a Houston company his father created.$101,000,000
2017Peter H. and Paula LunderMaineManufacturing, RetailColby College Museum of Art (Waterville, Me.)MaineColleges and universitiesNoncashColby College Museum of Art (Waterville, Me.) has received several artworks worth more than $100 million from Peter and Paula Lunder. The donation will be added to the museum's collection and create the Lunder Institute for American Art. Mr. Lunder is the former president of Dexter Shoe Company.$100,000,000
2017John A. and Susan SobratoCaliforniaReal estateSanta Clara U. (Calif.)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesGiftSanta Clara U. (Calif.) has received $100 million from John and Susan Sobrato to support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. The gift will pay for a 300,000-square-foot complex incorporating the university's engineering and natural-science departments and containing laboratories, classrooms, and areas for student projects. Mr. Sobrato heads the Sobrato Organization, a property-development company in Silicon Valley. He is a Santa Clara alumnus and a member of its Board of Trustees.$100,000,000
2017Charles ButtTexasFood and beverageHoldsworth Center (San Antonio)TexasEducationGiftHoldsworth Center (San Antonio) has received $100 million from Charles Butt to create this new institute that will offer leadership training for public-school administrators in Texas. Mr. Butt is the chairman and chief executive of H-E-B, a grocery chain based in San Antonio. The institute is named in honor of his late mother, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt, who was a public-school teacher.$100,000,000
2017Agnes GundNew YorkFamily wealthArt For Justice Fund (New York)New YorkHuman and social servicesGiftArt For Justice Fund has received $100 million from Agnes Gund to establish the nonprofit which will support groups seeking to address mass incarceration. Ms. Gund is an art collector and banking heiress.$100,000,000
2017Craig and Janet DuchossoisIllinoisDefense contracting, ManufacturingU. of Chicago MedicineIllinoisHealthPledgeU. of Chicago Medicine has received a pledge $100 million from Craig and Janet Duchossois and their family to create the Duchossois Family Institute, a center for research and other efforts focused on how the immune system, genetics, and microbiomes such as bacteria interact to maintain human health and prevent disease. Mr. and Ms. Duchossois will give $50 million directly; the remaining money will come from the Duchossois Family Foundation, in which three generations of the clan are involved. The family has previously given the university gifts totaling $37 million. Mr. Duchossois is the chairman of the Duchossois Group, a holding company that has investments in racehorse tracks, defense contracts, and rail-car manufacturing.$100,000,000
2017Sheryl SandbergCaliforniaTechnologySheryl Sandberg Philanthropy Fund (Menlo Park, Calif.)CaliforniaFoundationsGiftSheryl Sandberg Philanthropy Fund, in Menlo Park, Calif., has received a gift of $98 million worth of Facebook stock from Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook and founder of LeanIn.org. Her donor-advised fund will use part of the gift to support two nonprofit groups she founded, LeanIn.org and OptionB.org.$97,999,000
2017Richard and Amy WallmanFloridaManufacturingU. of ChicagoIllinoisColleges and universitiesGiftU. of Chicago has received $75 million from Richard and Amy Wallman to support its Booth School of Business, where the couple met in the 1970s. Mr. Wallman is the former chief financial officer and senior vice president of Honeywell International. Ms. Wallman is retired as an audit partner at Ernst & Young.$75,000,000
2017AnonymousKenyon College (Gambier, Ohio)OhioColleges and universitiesGiftKenyon College, in Gambier, Ohio, has received $75 million from an anonymous donor to build a new library and academic quadrangle.$75,000,000
2017Bloomberg Philanthropies (Michael Bloomberg)New YorkMedia and entertainmentThe Shed (New York)New YorkArtsGiftThe Shed (New York), in New York, has received a gift of $75-million from Bloomberg Philanthropies (Michael Bloomberg) to build this performing-arts center, slated to open in 2019. Mr. Bloomberg is the former mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg LP, a media conglomerate. The gift includes $15-million Mr. Bloomberg quietly gave the cultural nonprofit group in 2012.$75,000,000
2017Taner HaliciogluTechnologyU. of California at San DiegoCaliforniaColleges and universitiesU. of California at San Diego has received $75 million from Taner Halicioglu to establish the Halicioglu Institute for Data Science. The money will help pay for faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate-student fellowships as well as undergraduate scholarships. Mr. Halicioglu earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the university in 1996 and went on to work for the technology companies Loudcloud and eBay. He joined Facebook in October 2004 as its first full-time hire, serving as a software and operations engineer. He left Facebook in 2009 and now teaches at the university's Jacobs School of Engineering in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. This is his second donation to his alma mater, following a $2-million gift in 2015 to support computer-science and engineering professors and lecturers.$75,000,000
2017Porter ByrumNorth CarolinaLaw, Real estateWake Forest U. (Winston-Salem, N.C.)North CarolinaColleges and universitiesBequest EstimatedWake Forest U. (Winston-Salem, N.C.), in Winston-Salem, has received a bequest of approximately $70 million from Porter Byrum for scholarships. Mr. Byrum was a lawyer and businessman in Charlotte, N.C., who died in March at the age of 96.$70,000,000
2017Don and Barbara Hrbek ZuckerNew YorkReal estateNorthwell Health (Manhasset, N.Y.)New YorkColleges and universitiesGiftNorthwell Health, in Manhasset, N.Y., has received a gift of $61 million from Don and Barbara Hrbek Zucker for the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. The gift will also endow fellowships for emerging scientists and offer scholarships for nurses and physician assistants. Mr. Zucker founded the Donald Zucker Company, a New York real-estate development firm.$61,000,000
2017Ed BabkaIowaMedia and entertainmentU. of Dubuque (Iowa)IowaColleges and universitiesBequestU. of Dubuque (Iowa) has received a bequest of $60 million from Edward Babka, a longtime trustee of the university, to support the Ed and Shirley Babka Scholarship Fund and bolster the university's endowment. Of the gift, $37 million has already been paid since Mr. Babka died in June 2016. Mr. Babka founded Babka Publishing Company and Antique Trader, a magazine catering to antiques buyers and collectors. He served for 43 years on the university's Board of Trustees, and he and his wife, Shirley, are longtime donors, helping fund the campus's bookstore, theater, and numerous academic and residential buildings.$60,000,000
2017Ballmer Group (Steve and Connie Ballmer)WashingtonTechnologyStriveTogether (Cincinnati)OhioEducationPledgeStriveTogether, in Cincinnati, has received a pledge of $60 million over six years from the Ballmer Group (Steve and Connie Ballmer) for the Cradle to Career Network, which aims to reduce racial and socioeconomic disparities in educational success and improve partnerships among school systems, education service organizations, and other groups that provide human services to needy families. Mr. Ballmer is the former chief executive of Microsoft.$60,000,000
2017Gordon and Betty MooreCaliforniaTechnologyLucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford (Calif.)CaliforniaHealthGiftLucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford (Calif.) has received a gift of $50 million from Gordon and Betty Moore for its Children's Heart Center, which will be named in Ms. Moore's honor. Mr. Moore is the co-founder and chairman emeritus of Intel Corporation, the technology company in Santa Clara, Calif. The couple's grandchild had heart surgery at the hospital last year.$50,000,000
2017AnonymousU. of Oregon (Eugene)OregonColleges and universitiesGift UnrestrictedU. of Oregon, in Eugene, has received an unrestricted gift of $50 million over five years from an anonymous donor. The university's president Michael Schill has created the Presidential Fund for Excellence, which will disperse the gift to university priorities of his choosing.$50,000,000
2017David BoothTexasFinanceU. of Kansas (Lawrence)KansasColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Kansas, in Lawrence, has received a pledge of $50 million from David Booth for its athletics department, including improvements to Memorial Stadium and the construction of an indoor football practice facility. Mr. Booth is the co-founder of Dimensional Fund Advisors, an international finance firm.$50,000,000
2017Q. William Hammack Jr.GeorgiaConstructionOglethorpe U. (Atlanta)GeorgiaColleges and universitiesGiftOglethorpe U., in Atlanta, has received $50 million from Q. William Hammack Jr. to create a business school. Mr. Hammack retired as president and chief executive of C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., in Marietta, Ga.$50,000,000
2017Haim and Cheryl SabanCaliforniaEntertainment, FinanceAcademy Museum of Motion Pictures (Beverly Hills, Calif.)CaliforniaArtsGiftThe Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, in Beverly Hills, Calif., has received $50 million from Haim and Cheryl Saban to build this new museum. Mr. Saban is the chairman and chief executive of Saban Capital Group and founder of Saban Entertainment.$50,000,000
2017Patel Family Foundation (Kiran and Pallavi Patel)FloridaHealth care, InsuranceNova Southeastern U. (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)FloridaColleges and universitiesGiftNova Southeastern U., in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has received $50 million from the Patel Family Foundation (Kiran and Pallavi Patel) to open a new campus in Clearwater, Fla. Mr. Patel is the chairman of America's 1st Choice Holdings, an umbrella corporation for insurance companies, and the founder of WellCare, an HMO he sold in 2002. The couple also provided 27 acres of land and property valued at $150 million, which the university will rent from the donors.$50,000,000
2017Stephen RossNew YorkProfessional Sports, Real estateU. of Michigan at Ann ArborMichiganColleges and universitiesGiftU. of Michigan at Ann Arbor has received a gift of $50 million from Stephen Ross, founder and chairman of the Related Companies, a New York real-estate development firm, and owner of the Miami Dolphins football team. The gift will endow the Ross School of Business, to which he has previously given a total of $200 million since 2004.$50,000,000
2017Jerry and Debbie IvyCaliforniaIndustryIowa State U. (Ames)IowaColleges and universitiesPledgeIowa State U., in Ames, has received a pledge of $50 million from Jerry and Debbie Ivy to rename its College of Business in the couple's honor. Mr. Ivy is the president and chief executive of Auto-Chlor System, a company that provides cleaning solutions to the food service, healthcare, and lodging industries, based in Los Altos Hills, Calif.$50,000,000
2017James Maguire Sr. and Frances MaguirePennsylvaniaInsuranceSaint Joseph's U. (Philadelphia)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesGiftSaint Joseph's U., in Philadelphia, has received $50 million from Frances and James Maguire Sr. to endow scholarships and a program in risk management and insurance. Mr. Maguire founded Philadelphia Insurance Companies, which he sold to Tokio Marine Group in 2008 for $5 billion. He graduated from the institution in 1958.$50,000,000
2017Charles ButtTexasFood and beverageRaise Your Hand Texas Foundation (Austin)TexasEducationGiftRaise Your Hand Texas Foundation, in Austin, received $50 million from Charles Butt to create Raising Texas Teachers, a scholarship program for college students who plan to become teachers. Mr. Butt leads H-E-B, a grocery chain based in San Antonio.$50,000,000
2017Steven A. CohenConnecticutFinanceMuseum of Modern Art (New York)New YorkMuseums and librariesGiftMuseum of Modern Art, in New York, has received $50 million from Steven and Alexandra Cohen, through their Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation, for a renovation and expansion project. Mr. Cohen founded S.A.C. Capital Advisors, a hedge fund, and Point72 Asset Management. He serves on the museum's Board of Trustees.$50,000,000
2017Marcia CohnIllinoisFamily wealth, Food and beverageBrandeis U. (Waltham, Mass.)MassachusettsColleges and universitiesBequestBrandeis U., in Waltham, Mass., has received a bequest of $50-million from Marcia Cohn to add to the Jacob and Rosaline Cohn Endowed Scholarship and Fellowship Fund. Her father, Jacob Cohn, owned the Continental Coffee Company, which he sold to Sysco in 1998. Ms. Cohn died in 2015.$50,000,000
2017Michael and Anne Grott BonneyPharmaceuticalsBates College (Lewiston, Me.)MaineColleges and universitiesBates College (Lewiston, Me.) has received $50 million from Michael and Anne Grott Bonney for new facilities for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs. Mr. Bonney retired in 2014 as chief executive of Cubist Pharmaceuticals. He serves as chairman of the Bates Board of Trustees. The couple met during their freshman year at the college. Mr. Bonney's family has a long history at Bates: His grandfather, Lauren Gilbert, and his father, Wes, graduated from Bates in 1927 and 1950, respectively, and his sister, Melissa Bonney Kane, graduated in 1981. The couple's three children also graduated from the college, in 2009, 2012, and 2015.$50,000,000
2017Dale E. and Sarah Ann FowlerCaliforniaReal estateChapman U. (Orange, Calif.)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesPledgeChapman U. (Orange, Calif.) has received a $45-million pledge from Dale and Sarah Ann Fowler to establish an engineering school. Mr. Fowler founded Fowler Properties, a real-estate-development company in Orange County, Calif. He graduated from Chapman in 1958 with a degree in economics. In 2013, the Fowlers gave the university $55 million for its law school, which was named for them.$45,000,000
2017Robert H. TaylorNew JerseyFamily wealthPrinceton U. (N.J.)New JerseyColleges and universitiesBequestPrinceton U., in New Jersey, has received a bequest of $42 million from Robert Taylor to support its library and special collections; and the art museum, English department, and other programs. Mr. Taylor was the grandson of John Emory Andrus, who owned the Arlington Chemical Company and was an early investor in railroads and utilities. Before he died in 1985, Mr. Taylor set up a trust to benefit Princeton following the death of his niece, who died last year.$42,000,000
2017Paul AllenWashingtonTechnologyU. of Washington (Seattle)WashingtonColleges and universitiesU. of Washington (Seattle) has received $40 million from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to endow the computer-science department, which was elevated to the level of a school and named the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. Microsoft is contributing an additional $10 million toward the endowment.$40,000,000
2017AnonymousGustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.)MinnesotaColleges and universitiesGiftGustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minn., has received $40 million from an anonymous alumni couple for scholarships and to renovate the Nobel Hall of Science.$40,000,000
2017Sandra Atlas BassNew YorkReal estateNorthwell Health (Manhasset, N.Y.)New YorkHealthGiftNorthwell Health, in Manhasset, N.Y., has received $40 million from Sandra Atlas Bass for a new cardiac care facility and other programs. Ms. Bass is the daughter of the late Sol Bass, a New York real estate tycoon who died in 1973.$40,000,000
2017H.F. (Gerry) LenfestPennsylvaniaMedia and entertainmentLenfest Institute for Journalism (Philadelphia)PennsylvaniaOther groupsPledge MatchingLenfest Journalism Institute (Philadelphia) has received a pledge from H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest to match up to $40 million from other donors to the journalism nonprofit, which he established last year with a $20-million endowment gift and the donation of his media holding company that owned Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com. Mr. Lenfest is the former owner and founder of Lenfest Communications, in Delaware, which he sold to Comcast Corporation in 2000.$40,000,000
2017Bernard and Billi MarcusGeorgiaRetailU. of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus (Denver)ColoradoHealthGiftU. of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, in Denver, has received $38 million from the Marcus Foundation (Bernard and Billi Marcus) for the Marcus Institute for Brain Health, in Aurora, Colo. The institute will provide treatment for traumatic brain injury, most notably among retired athletes and military veterans. Mr. Marcus is the co-founder of Home Depot, in Atlanta.$38,000,000
2017Robert D. and Patricia E. KernWisconsinManufacturingMedical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee)HealthGiftMedical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee), in Milwaukee, has received a gift of $37.8-million from the family of Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern to create the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education. Mr. Kern is the founder and retired chairman of Generac Power Systems, a generator-manufacturing company in Waukesha, Wis.$37,800,000
2017Robert and Jan WeissmanMassachusettsFinance, InvestmentsBabson College (Wellesley, Mass.)MassachusettsColleges and universitiesPledgeBabson College, in Wellesley, Mass., has received a $36.3 million pledge from Robert and Jan Weissman for a new building. Mr. Weissman ico-founded Cognizant Technology Solutions, a New Jersey-based information consulting company. He also serves on the college's Board of Trustees.$36,300,000
2017Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (Michael and Susan Dell)TexasTechnologyRebuild Texas Fund (Houston)TexasHuman and social servicesGift ChallengeRebuild Texas Fund, in Houston, has received a challenge gift of $36 million from Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (Michael S. and Susan Dell) to establish this fund to provide immediate aid to survivors of Hurricane Harvey and to raise money from other donors to support recovery efforts. Mr. Dell is the chairman and chief executive of the technology company Dell, Inc., in Austin, Tex.$36,000,000
2017Porter ByrumNorth CarolinaLaw, Real estateWingate U. (N.C.)North CarolinaColleges and universitiesBequest EstimatedWingate U., in North Carolina, has received a bequest of approximately $35 million from Porter Byrum for scholarships. Mr. Byrum was a lawyer and businessman in Charlotte, N.C., who died in March at the age of 96.$35,000,000
2017Porter ByrumNorth CarolinaLaw, Real estateQueens U. of Charlotte (N.C.)North CarolinaColleges and universitiesBequest EstimatedQueens U. of Charlotte, in North Carolina, has received a bequest of approximately $35 million from Porter Byrum for scholarships. Mr. Byrum was a lawyer and businessman in Charlotte, N.C., who died in March at the age of 96.$35,000,000
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