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

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2016Philip H. and Penelope KnightOregonManufacturingU. of Oregon (Eugene)OregonColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Oregon (Eugene) has received a $500-million pledge, which will be paid over 10 years, from Nike cofounder Philip Knight and his wife, Penny, to establish a new center for scientific research. Mr. Knight, a 1959 graduate, has given extensively for athletics and academic programs at the university.$500,000,000
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
2016Michael R. BloombergNew YorkMedia and entertainmentJohns Hopkins U., Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore)MarylandColleges and universitiesJohns Hopkins U., Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore) has received $300 million from Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor, to establish the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, a program aimed at reshaping the nation's public-health agenda. The effort will focus on five areas: drug addiction, obesity, gun violence, adolescent health, and environmental threats. Of the total, $125 million will endow faculty research in those five areas; $100 million will endow 50 public-health fellowships a year; and $75 million will fund scholarships for the university's new doctoral program in public health and support a biennial public-health summit. Mr. Bloomberg founded the media company Bloomberg LP. He graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1964 and has given the university a total of $1.5 billion since.$300,000,000
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
2016Sheryl SandbergCaliforniaTechnologySheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation (Menlo Park, Calif.)CaliforniaFoundationsGiftThe Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation (Menlo Park, Calif.) has received a gift of $107.2 million in Facebook stock from Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook and founder of$107,200,000
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
2016Frank FergusonMassachusettsEducationIowa State U. Foundation (Ames)IowaColleges and universitiesNoncashIowa State University Foundation (Ames) received an estimated $93 million from Frank Ferguson, primarily to endow the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Mr. Ferguson is the former head of the education company Curriculum Associates. The gift represents his majority interest in the company. Mr. Ferguson attended the university from 1947 to 1950.$93,000,000
2016Roxanne QuimbyNorth CarolinaManufacturingNational Park Foundation (Washington)District of ColumbiaOther groupsNoncashThe National Park Foundation (Washington) has received 87,500 acres of land in Maine's North Woods, valued at about $60 million, from Roxanne Quimby, co-founder of Burt's Bees, a company that makes products for personal care and hygiene, and her family. The land will be used as the site for a new national monument that will be open to the public. The family also gave $20 million to create an endowment to help the federal government pay for operations and upkeep at the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and pledged an additional $20 million for future projects at the site.$80,000,000
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
2016Robert and Helen LarnerCaliforniaHealth care, InvestmentsU. of Vermont College of Medicine (Burlington)VermontColleges and universitiesBequest PledgeU. of Vermont College of Medicine (Burlington) has received a bequest of $66 million from Robert and Helen Larner. Dr. Larner is a retired physician and real-estate investor in Los Angeles. He is a 1942 graduate of the College of Medicine, which will be renamed in his honor.$66,000,000
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
2016Suzanne Dworak-PeckCaliforniaInvestmentsU. of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work (Los Angeles)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesGiftU. of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work (Los Angeles) has received a gift of $60 million from Suzanne Dworak-Peck, a social worker and founder of the NASW Communications Network, an organization that partners with entertainment agencies to ensure accurate media portrayals of social work. Ms. Dworak-Peck graduated from the university with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in social work.$60,000,000
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
2016Walter Scott Jr.NebraskaTelecommunicationsColorado State U. (Fort Collins)ColoradoColleges and universitiesColorado State U. (Fort Collins) has received $53.3 million from Walter Scott Jr. to support the university's College of Engineering. The money will endow scholarships for up to 80 engineering undergraduates, fellowships for up to 30 graduate students, and four professorships. University officials plan to rename the college for the donor, who graduated from Colorado State in 1953 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Mr. Scott is the former chief executive of contracting giant Peter Kiewit Sons' and currently serves as the company's chairman emeritus. He donated $10 million to the university in 2011 for a bioengineering building.$53,300,000
2016Wayne D. Kuni and Joan E. Kuni Foundation (Joan E. Kuni)WashingtonRetailCommunity Foundation for Southwest Washington (Vancouver)WashingtonCommunity foundationsGiftCommunity Foundation for Southwest Washington (Vancouver) has received a gift of $50 million from the Wayne D. Kuni and Joan E. Kuni Foundation (Joan Kuni) for cancer research and services for people with disabilities. Ms. Kuni's late husband, Wayne, founded Kuni Automotive, a luxury-car dealership in Washington state. He died in 2006.$50,000,000
2016William K. Bowes Jr. Foundation (William K. Bowes Jr.)CaliforniaHealth products, Investments, ManufacturingU. of California at San FranciscoCaliforniaColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of California at San Francisco has received a pledge of $50 million from the William K. Bowes Jr. Foundation to create a program that will support faculty researchers pursuing unconventional biomedical research. Mr. Bowes is a founding partner of U.S. Venture Partners, an investment firm in Menlo Park, Calif., and a founding shareholder and former chairman of Amgen, a drug-research and manufacturing company in Thousand Oaks, Calif.$50,000,000
2016Mulva Family Foundation (James and Miriam Mulva)TexasEnergy, OilU. of Texas at AustinTexasColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Texas at Austin has received a pledge of $50 million over 10 years from the Mulva Family Foundation (James and Miriam Mulva) to create the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences. Mr. Mulva is the former chairman and chief executive of ConocoPhillips, the energy company headquartered in Houston.$50,000,000
2016Harold C. and Annette C. SimmonsTexasInvestmentsTrinity Park (Dallas)TexasOther groupsGiftTrinity Park (Dallas) has received a gift of $50 million from Annette Simmons to build a park along the Trinity River in Dallas. She is the widow of Harold Simmons, chairman of Titanium Metals Corporation and founder and chairman of Contran, a holding company in Dallas. The park will be named after Mr. Simmons, who died in 2013.$50,000,000
2016Bloomberg Philanthropies (Michael R. Bloomberg)New YorkMedia and entertainmentMuseum of Science, BostonMassachusettsMuseums and librariesThe Museum of Science, in Boston, has received $50 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies (Michael Bloomberg) to boost its endowment and support the education division, which will be named for the donor's parents. Mr. Bloomberg is the former mayor of New York City.$50,000,000
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
2016Howard R. LevineNorth CarolinaRetailFoundation for the Carolinas (Charlotte, N.C.)North CarolinaCommunity foundationsGiftFoundation for the Carolinas (Charlotte, N.C.) has received a gift of $45 million from Howard Levine, chief executive of Family Dollar, to augment the Howard R. Levine Foundation, a donor-advised fund administered by the foundation.$45,000,000
2016Jeffrey GundlachCaliforniaFinanceAlbright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, N.Y.)New YorkArtsGift ChallengeAlbright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, N.Y.) has received a challenge gift of $42 million from Jeffrey Gundlach to expand the museum. Mr. Gundlach is the chief executive of DoubleLine Capital, an investment firm.$42,000,000
2016Morton HarrisMichiganManufacturingHenry Ford Health System (Detroit)MichiganHealthGift ChallengeHenry Ford Health System (Detroit) has received a partial challenge gift of $40 million from Morton Harris, co-founder of American Axle and Manufacturing. The gift is to help build a new cancer facility, named after Mr. Harris's late wife, Brigitte, and for research on pancreatic cancer, brain cancer, and precision medicine. Part of the gift will match donations to the hospital's precision medicine program.$40,000,000
2016James F. GoldsteinCaliforniaReal estateLos Angeles County Museum of ArtCaliforniaArtsGift NoncashLos Angeles County Museum of Art has received a gift of property and cash valued at $40 million from James Goldstein, a real-estate developer. The gift comprises an iconic Los Angeles house designed by the architect John Lautner, as well as a $17-million endowment to maintain the building.$40,000,000
2016Richard and Joyce FarmerOhioManufacturingMiami U. (Oxford, Ohio)OhioColleges and universitiesGiftMiami U. (Oxford, Ohio) has received a $40-million gift from Richard and Joyce Farmer and the Farmer Family Foundation for the Farmer School of Business. The couple are alumni of the university: Mr. Farmer earned a business degree in 1956 and Ms. Farmer earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1957. Mr. Farmer is the retired chairman and chief executive of Cintas Corporation, a uniform supply company in Cincinnati, Ohio.$40,000,000
2016Thompson DeanNew YorkFinanceU. of Virginia (Charlottesville)VirginiaColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Virginia (Charlottesville) has received a pledge of $40 million from Thompson Dean to support the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Mr. Dean is co-managing partner and co-chief executive of Avista Capital Partners, a private-equity investment group in New York. The gift will .$40,000,000
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
2016Stanton Foundation (Frank Stanton)New YorkMedia and entertainmentOhio State U. College of Veterinary Medicine (Columbus)OhioColleges and universitiesPledgeOhio State U. College of Veterinary Medicine (Columbus) has received a $39-million pledge from the Stanton Foundation (Frank Stanton) to establish the Building Preeminence in Veterinary General Practice Education program (BPVGPE). Of the gift, $19 million will support the Frank Stanton Endowed Chair in General Practice and Canine Health and Wellness and provide funding for seven faculty and 12 staff members, the design and construction of a clinical and professional skills lab, and the purchase of a mobile veterinary unit for the college's outreach medicine program. After five years and upon the successful achievement of established milestones, $20 million of the gift will be awarded to endow the BPVGPE. Mr. Stanton received both a master's degree and a Ph.D. in psychology from Ohio State. He is the former president of the CBS television network.$39,000,000
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
2016Marcus Foundation (Bernard and Billi Marcus)GeorgiaRetailHillel International (Washington)District of ColumbiaReligious groupsGiftHillel International (Washington) has received a gift of $38-million from the Marcus Foundation (Bernard and Billi Marcus) to recruit and train new leaders of its programs for Jewish students on college campuses. Mr. Marcus is the co-founder of Home Depot.$38,000,000
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
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