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

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2006Warren E. BuffettNebraskaInvestmentsBill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle)WashingtonFoundationsPledge NoncashMr. Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway, an insurance and investment company in Omaha, pledged 10 million shares of Berkshire Hathaway class "B" stock worth approximately $36.1-billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The money will be used to support the foundation's work on global health and improving American schools. His pledge to the Gates Foundation is the largest in the history of philanthropy. He will continue to pay the foundation 5 percent of the remaining balance of the earmarked shares every year until his death. Starting in 2009 the Gates Foundation is required to spend Mr. Buffett's annual payout from the previous year, plus the yearly amount the federal government requires all private foundations to disburse - usually at least 5 percent of the value of a foundation's assets.$36,100,000,000
2007Helen R. WaltonArkansasFamily wealth, RetailWalton Family Foundation (Bentonville, Ark.)ArkansasFoundationsBequest Gift EstimatedThe death in April 2007 of Helen R. Walton, the widow of Sam M. Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart Stores, could mean that billions of dollars from her estate will soon flow into the family's foundation, potentially making it one of the wealthiest grant makers in the United States. Forbes magazine recently ranked Ms. Walton the 29th-richest person in the world with a net worth of $16.4-billion, and she has been widely expected to pass a large amount of her estate to the Walton Family Foundation, in Bentonville, Ark. If most of her money went there, the foundation would probably be bigger than the Ford Foundation, which has $12.2-billion in assets. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with $33-billion in assets, would be the only American grant maker that is larger.$16,400,000,000
2008Leona M. HelmsleyNew YorkFamily wealth, HotelsLeona and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust (New York)New YorkFoundationsBequest EstimatedMs. Helmsley, head of the Helmsley Hotel Chain, died in August of 2007 of heart failure. Her estate is estimated to be worth between $4-billion and $8-billion. Through her will, she directed that all of her assets, including cash from the sale of her homes and other property, be given to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Ms. Helmsley created the trust in 1999, according to the will.$5,200,000,000
2008James LeVoy SorensonUtahInvention, InvestmentsSorenson Legacy Foundation (Salt Lake City)UtahFoundationsBequest EstimatedJames LeVoy Sorenson, an inventor and investor who died in January 2008, has bequeathed most of his fortune—about $4.5-billion, according to Forbes magazine's annual ranking of the wealthiest Americans—to his family foundation. That means the foundation, whose largest grants have gone primarily to medical causes, is likely to become one of the 20 wealthiest grant makers in the United States. Mr. Sorenson, who was 86 when he died of cancer, was chairman of Sorenson Development, a holding company and the investment arm of Sorenson Companies, in Salt Lake City. His money will go to the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, also in Salt Lake City. The foundation supports arts organizations, colleges and universities, charities that help abused children, medical-research programs, religious groups (especially those with a Mormon emphasis), and youth organizations, according to its Web site.$4,500,000,000
2006Warren E. BuffettNebraskaInvestmentsSusan Thompson Buffett Foundation (Omaha)NebraskaFoundationsPledge Noncash EstimatedMr. Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, an insurance and investment company in Omaha, pledged one million shares of the class "B" stock Berkshire Hathway worth $3.6-billion -- of which $151.3-million has been paid -- to the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, in Omaha. The foundation supports education, medical research, and efforts to curb population growth. It was named for Mr. Buffett's first wife, Susan, who was president of the foundation until her death in 2004.$3,600,000,000
2006Warren E. BuffettNebraskaInvestmentsHoward G. Buffett Foundation (Decatur, Ill.)IllinoisFoundationsPledge Noncash EstimatedWarren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, an insurance and investment company in Omaha, pledged 350,000 shares of Berkshire Hathaway stock worth $1.3-billion to each one of his three children's foundations: the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, in Decatur, Ill.; the Susan A. Buffett Foundation, in Omaha; and the NoVo Foundation, Peter Buffett's foundation in New York. As he did with his pledge to the Gates Foundation, Mr. Buffett said he would pay the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation and the three foundations run by his children 5 percent of the remaining balance of the shares every year until his death.$1,300,000,000
2006Warren E. BuffettNebraskaInvestmentsSusan A. Buffett Foundation (Omaha)NebraskaFoundationsPledge Estimated NoncashWarren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, an insurance and investment company in Omaha, pledged 350,000 shares of Berkshire Hathaway stock worth $1.3-billion to each one of his three children's foundations: the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, in Decatur, Ill.; the Susan A. Buffett Foundation, in Omaha; and the NoVo Foundation, Peter Buffett's foundation in New York. As he did with his pledge to the Gates Foundation, Mr. Buffett said he would pay the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation and the three foundations run by his children 5 percent of the remaining balance of the shares every year until his death.$1,300,000,000
2006Warren E. BuffettNebraskaInvestmentsNoVo Foundation (New York)New YorkFoundationsNoncash Pledge EstimatedWarren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, an insurance and investment company in Omaha, pledged 350,000 shares of Berkshire Hathaway stock worth $1.3-billion to each one of his three children's foundations: the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, in Decatur, Ill.; the Susan A. Buffett Foundation, in Omaha; and the NoVo Foundation, Peter Buffett's foundation in New York. As he did with his pledge to the Gates Foundation, Mr. Buffett said he would pay the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation and the three foundations run by his children 5 percent of the remaining balance of the shares every year until his death.$1,300,000,000
2007Barron HiltonCaliforniaFamily wealth, HotelsConrad N. Hilton Foundation (Reno, Nev.)NevadaFoundationsPledgeThe hotel mogul Barron Hilton has pledged $1.2-billion to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, in Reno, Nev. This will push up the total value of the foundation to approximately $4.5-billion, making it one of the 15 wealthiest grant makers in the United States. Mr. Hilton, 80, recently told the foundation's board members that he intends to leave 97 percent of his entire net worth — estimated by the foundation to be about $2.3-billion — to the philanthropy when he dies. His father, Conrad, created the foundation in 1944 and left his entire estate to the fund when he died in 1979. The Hilton foundation finances a range of activities, including efforts to prevent and treat blindness worldwide, improve water and sanitation systems in developing countries, curb drug abuse among young people, provide early childhood education to disabled children, and help homeless Americans find housing.$1,200,000,000
2012Warren E. BuffettNebraskaInvestmentsNoVo Foundation (New York)New YorkFoundationsPledgeWarren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, an insurance and investment company in Omaha, pledged shares of Berkshire Hathaway class "B" stock worth $1,027,773,653 to each of his three children's foundations: the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which fights poverty; Susan Buffett's Sherwood Foundation, which supports social justice and early-childhood education; and Peter Buffett's NoVo Foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of women and girls. These new pledges are being made on top of the $1-billion he previously donated to each foundation in 2006. Mr. Buffett said he would pay the three foundations 5 percent of the remaining balance of the shares every year until his death. The amount of the pledges is based on the value of the stock on the day Mr. Buffett announced them.$1,027,773,653
2012Warren E. BuffettNebraskaInvestmentsHoward G. Buffett Foundation (Decatur, Ill.)IllinoisFoundationsPledgeWarren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, an insurance and investment company in Omaha, pledged shares of Berkshire Hathaway class "B" stock worth $1,027,773,653 to each of his three children's foundations: the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which fights poverty; Susan Buffett's Sherwood Foundation, which supports social justice and early-childhood education; and Peter Buffett's NoVo Foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of women and girls. These new pledges are being made on top of the $1-billion he previously donated to each foundation in 2006. Mr. Buffett said he would pay the three foundations 5 percent of the remaining balance of the shares every year until his death. The amount of the pledges is based on the value of the stock on the day Mr. Buffett announced them.$1,027,773,653
2012Warren E. BuffettNebraskaInvestmentsSherwood Foundation (Omaha)NebraskaFoundationsPledgeWarren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, an insurance and investment company in Omaha, pledged shares of Berkshire Hathaway class "B" stock worth $1,027,773,653 to each of his three children's foundations: the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which fights poverty; Susan Buffett's Sherwood Foundation, which supports social justice and early-childhood education; and Peter Buffett's NoVo Foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of women and girls. These new pledges are being made on top of the $1-billion he previously donated to each foundation in 2006. Mr. Buffett said he would pay the three foundations 5 percent of the remaining balance of the shares every year until his death. The amount of the pledges is based on the value of the stock on the day Mr. Buffett announced them.$1,027,773,653
2008Peter G. PetersonNew YorkFinancePeter G. Peterson Foundation (New York)New YorkFoundationsPledgePeter G. Peterson, the 81-year-old private-equity titan, has announced plans to give at least $1-billion over the next several years through his newly created foundation. Mr. Peterson is a co-founder and the senior chairman of the Blackstone Group, in New York, and a former Secretary of Commerce during the Nixon administration. Mr. Peterson said his foundation will focus primarily on problems he says the country is facing because of the growth of federal entitlement programs, such as Medicare and Social Security; ballooning health-care costs; and the increase in budget and trade deficits, low savings rates, and soaring foreign debt. The foundation will also work toward making the country's educational system more competitive and quashing the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The organization will be headed by David M. Walker, who currently leads the U.S. Government Accountability Office as the comptroller general of the United States.$1,000,000,000
2014Ralph C. Wilson Jr.MichiganIndustry, Professional SportsRalph Wilson Foundation (Buffalo, N.Y.)New YorkFoundationsBequestThe Ralph Wilson Foundation (Buffalo, N.Y.) has received a bequest of $1-billion from Ralph C. Wilson Jr., the late owner of the Buffalo Bills football team who also owned businesses in Detroit in the areas of mining and manufacturing. Mr. Wilson died in March 2014. Trustees of the foundation -- which reported assets of just $4.79-million at the end of the 2013 fiscal year -- say it will dramatically ramp up grant making in Buffalo, Detroit, and other areas beginning in 2016.$1,000,000,000
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
2013Mark ZuckerbergCaliforniaTechnologySilicon Valley Community Foundation (Mountain View, Calif.)CaliforniaCommunity foundationsSilicon Valley Community Foundation (Mountain View, Calif.) has received 18 million shares of Facebook worth $989.8-million from Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook. The amount of the pledge is based on the value of the stock on the day Mr. Zuckerberg announced them. In 2012, he donated 18 million shares of Facebook stock to the foundation.$992,160,000
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
2009Fiona B. and Stanley F. DruckenmillerFinanceDruckenmiller Foundation (New York)New YorkFoundationsGiftStanley Druckenmiller, founder of Duquesne Capital Management, an investment firm in Pittsburgh, and his wife, Fiona, a former investment portfolio manager at the Dreyfus Corporation, in New York, have given $705-million to their Druckenmiller Foundation, in New York. The money will be used for medical research, education, and efforts to fight poverty. The couple established the foundation in 1993.$705,000,000
2007Jon M. Huntsman Sr. and Karen HuntsmanUtahChemicals, ManufacturingHuntsman Foundation (Salt Lake City)UtahFoundationsGift EstimatedJon M. Huntsman Sr., a Utah businessman, and his wife, Karen, have endowed their foundation with nearly $700-million, and say they plan to add as much as $700-million more within the next 10 years. Mr. Huntsman said his foundation will no longer simply serve as a conduit for the couple's yearly giving, but will be permanently endowed and will begin accepting grant proposals. The fund will focus on those causes the Huntsmans have long supported in their philanthropy: cancer research and treatment, domestic violence, education, and homelessness.$700,000,000
2014Stanley Family Foundation (Theodore (Ted) Stanley)ConnecticutMarketingBroad Institute (Cambridge, Mass.)MassachusettsHealthPledgeBroad Institute (Cambridge, Mass.) has received a pledge of $650-million from the Stanley Family Foundation (Ted Stanley) for research into psychiatric disorders. Mr. Stanley is the founder of MBI, a Connecticut firm that markets and sells collectibles. In 2007, Mr. Stanley gave $175-million to the institute to create the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research. His son, Jonathan, was treated for bipolar disorder as a college student.$650,000,000
2015John SantikosTexasReal estateSan Antonio Area FoundationTexasCommunity foundationsBequestSan Antonio Area Foundation has received a bequest of $605 million from John Santikos to establish the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation. Mr. Santikos, who died in December 2014, stipulated that he wanted the money to support people in need; youth and education; public libraries, parks, and museums; arts and culture; and healthcare and medical research primarily in the San Antonio area. He was founder of Santikos Theaters, a cinema chain, and owned a commercial real-estate business.$605,000,000
2014Sean ParkerCaliforniaTechnologyParker Foundation (San Francisco)CaliforniaFoundationsGiftThe Parker Foundation (San Francisco) has received a gift of $550 million from Sean Parker, a technology entrepreneur who founded the music-sharing service Napster and served as the first president of Facebook, to create this new foundation. Through the fund, Mr. Parker made a $250-million grant to establish the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy in April 2016.$550,000,000
2013Philip H. and Penelope KnightOregonManufacturingOregon Health & Science U. (Portland)OregonColleges and universitiesPledgeOregon Health & Science U. (Portland) has received a $500-million pledge from Phil Knight, a co-founder of of Nike, and his wife, Penelope, for cancer research. The university must raise an additional $500-million to receive the money.$500,000,000
2014Nicholas and Jill WoodmanCaliforniaTechnologySilicon Valley Community Foundation (Mountain View, Calif.)CaliforniaCommunity foundationsSilicon Valley Community Foundation (Mountain View, Calif.) has received stock worth $500-million from Nicholas and Jill Woodman to create a donor-advised fund. The couple has transferred 5.8 million shares of GoPro into the foundation. founder and chief executive of GoPro high-tech camera company, in San Mateo, Calif.$500,000,000
2014David H. MurdockCaliforniaFood and beverage, Real estateDavid H. Murdock Research Institute (Kannapolis, N.C.)North CarolinaScienceEstimated PledgeDavid H. Murdock Research Institute (Kannapolis, N.C.) has received an estimated pledge of $500-million from David H. Murdock, owner and chairman of Dole Food Company, in Westlake Village, Calif., and Castle & Cooke, a real-estate development company in Los Angeles, to provide an annual $15-million endowment gift in perpetuity.$500,000,000
2014Jerry PerenchioCaliforniaMedia and entertainmentLos Angeles County Museum of ArtCaliforniaArtsPledgeLos Angeles County Museum of Art has received a pledge of artworks worth approximately $500-million from Jerry Perenchio, former chairman of Univision Communications.$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
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
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
2012Mark ZuckerbergCaliforniaTechnologySilicon Valley Community Foundation (Mountain View, Calif.)CaliforniaCommunity foundationsGiftSilicon Valley Community Foundation (Mountain View, Calif.) has received a gift of 18 million shares of Facebook stock worth $498.8-million from Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and chief executive officer of the online social network. On his Facebook page, Mr. Zuckerberg said the gift will go to health and education causes, but was not more specific.$498,780,000
2007T. Denny SanfordSouth DakotaFinanceSioux Valley Hospitals and Health System (Sioux Falls, S.D.)South DakotaHealthGiftThe Sioux Valley Hospitals and Health System was renamed Sanford Health following a $400-million gift from T. Denny Sanford, who made his fortune through a credit-card company based in Sioux Falls, S.D. The gift will help open a chain of pediatric clinics. The Sanford Project, a research effort, would attempt to solve "one of the pressing medical issues of our day." The system will spend $30-million to $50-million, of investment returns, over 10 years to open at least five pediatric clinics in the United States, and perhaps one each in Canada and Mexico. Sanford Health will spend $50-million over the next decade to build up its joint research operation with the medical school of the University of South Dakota, and an additional $30-million on the Sanford Project.$400,000,000
2007John W. KlugeNew YorkMedia and entertainmentColumbia U. (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesPledge BequestThe media magnate John W. Kluge has promised to provide $400-million to Columbia University when he dies, the largest gift a living donor has pledged to an American college or university, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Mr. Kluge, a 92-year-old self-made billionaire who attended the university on a scholarship, earmarked the money to support financial aid for students. A German immigrant who graduated from Columbia in 1937 with a bachelor's degree in economics, Mr. Kluge founded and serves as chairman of Metromedia, which has invested in entertainment companies. Half of the gift will support and expand financial aid for undergraduates at Columbia College, and the remaining $200-million will go to scholarships and fellowships in other schools and institutions at the university.$400,000,000
2015Stefan Edlis and Gael NeesonIllinoisManufacturingArt Institute of ChicagoIllinoisArtsNoncash GiftArt Institute of Chicago has received a noncash gift of 42 pop and contemporary art estimated at approximately $400-million from Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson. The donated collection includes works by noted artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns. Mr. Edlis is the former president of Apollo Plastics Corporation, a plastic injection molding manufacturer in Chicago.$400,000,000
2015John A. PaulsonNew YorkFinanceHarvard U. (Cambridge, Mass.)MassachusettsColleges and universitiesUnrestrictedHarvard U. (Cambridge, Mass.) has received an unrestricted $400-million donation from John Paulson, president and portfolio manager of the hedge fund Paulson & Company, to endow its School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, which will be named after Mr. Paulson. The donation will also support research, financial aid, and faculty-development programs. Mr. Paulson is an alumnus of the university.$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
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
2008Harold AlfondFloridaManufacturing, RetailHarold Alfond Foundation (Portland, Me.)MaineFoundationsBequest EstimatedHarold Alfond, the founder of the Dexter Shoe Company who died in November 2007, has bequeathed approximately $360-million to the Harold Alfond Foundation, in Portland, Me. The bequest will push the foundation's assets up to more than $500-million. The Harold Alfond College Challenge will receive some of the money to provide college scholarship grants of $500 to every child born in Maine beginning in January 2009. Mr. Alfond also pledged to make grants to several institutions, including a $5-million grant to the Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA at the Alfond Youth Center, in Waterville, Me.; $3-million to Colby College, also in Waterville; $2.7-million to the Kents Hill School, in Maine; $1.5-million to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, in Boothbay; and $250,000 to the University of Maine, in Orono.$360,000,000
2009William H. (Bill) Gates IIIWashingtonTechnologyBill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle)WashingtonFoundationsGiftBill Gates, co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation, in Redmond, Wash., and his wife, Melinda, have given $350-million to their foundation in Seattle to pay for construction costs at its new headquarters and campus. To date, the Gateses have donated $21-billion to their foundation.$350,000,000
2013Michael R. BloombergNew YorkMedia and entertainmentThe Johns Hopkins U. (Baltimore)MarylandColleges and universitiesPledgeThe Johns Hopkins U. (Baltimore) has received a pledge of $350-million from Michael R. Bloomberg. Most of the gift, $250-million, to endow 50 professorships for interdisciplinary studies and research. The remainder will be directed to financial aid for undergraduate students. Mr. Bloomberg is the mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg LP. He has donated over $1-billion to the university to date.$350,000,000
2014Morningside Foundation (Gerald and Ronald Chan)MassachusettsFamily wealth, Finance, InvestmentsHarvard School of Public Health (Boston)MassachusettsColleges and universitiesHarvard School of Public Health (Boston) has received $350-million from Morningside Foundation (Gerald and Ronald Chan) for its endowment. The Chan family founded Morningside Group, a private-equity and venture-capital firm. Gerald Chan earned a master's degree in medical radiological physics and a doctorate in radiation biology in 1975 and 1979 respectively, from Harvard.$350,000,000
2008David G. and Suzanne Deal BoothTexasFinanceU. of Chicago Booth School of BusinessColleges and universitiesPledgeDavid G. Booth, the founder of Dimensional Fund Advisors, an investment firm in Santa Monica, Calif., and his wife, Suzanne, have pledged $300-million to the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Mr. Booth, who earned a master's degree from the business school in 1971, said it could use the money for any purpose.$300,000,000
2012Paul G. AllenWashingtonTechnologyAllen Institute for Brain Science (Seattle)WashingtonSciencePledgeAllen Institute for Brain Science (Seattle) has received a pledge of $300-million over four years from Paul G. Allen to expand its research programs and double its staff. Mr. Allen is a co-founder of Microsoft and founder and head of Vulcan Inc., an investment company in Seattle. To date, he has donated $500-million to the institute.$300,000,000
2015William H. ScheideNew JerseyFamily wealthPrinceton U. (N.J.)New JerseyColleges and universitiesNoncash GiftPrinceton U. (N.J.) has received a gift of rare books valued at $300-million from William H. Scheide, heir to a Pennsylvania oil fortune who died in November 2014. Among the books are a copy of the Gutenberg Bible and original printings of plays by Shakespeare. Mr. Scheide graduated from Princeton in 1936 with a bachelor's degree in history.$300,000,000
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
2014AnonymousSanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (La Jolla, Calif.)CaliforniaMedical researchPledgeSanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (La Jolla, Calif.) has received a pledge of $275-million over 10 years from an anonymous donor to hasten the development of drugs to treat diseases.$275,000,000
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
2008Frank C. DobleMassachusettsEnergyTufts U. (Medford, Mass.)MassachusettsColleges and universitiesBequest UnrestrictedTufts and Lesley Universities are sharing an unrestricted $272-million gift from trusts established by the late Frank C. Doble, who died in 1969. Tufts will use the gift to build a new laboratory for collaborative research in engineering and biology. Some of the remaining money will go toward student aid. The gift triples the size of Lesley's endowment, bringing it to the $200-million mark. The university plans to put the full amount in its endowment and is still determining how much of the money to spend on academic programs, student aid, facilities, and endowment growth. Mr. Doble graduated from Tufts in 1911. His Doble Engineering Company, which tested the safety and reliability of power systems, was based on Tufts's campus. He was a trustee at Lesley. Both universities had previously received $34-million each in dividends from the trusts since Mr. Doble died.$272,000,000
2011William S. Dietrich IIPennsylvaniaManufacturingCarnegie Mellon U. (Pittsburgh)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesPledgeCarnegie Mellon U., in Pittsburgh, has received a pledge of $265-million from William S. Dietrich II to support its global projects and for interdisciplinary academic programs. Mr. Dietrich is the former chairman of Dietrich Industries, a manufacturer of light metal framing for the construction industry, which was sold to Worthington Industries in 1996. The university will name its College of Humanities and Social Sciences after the donor's mother, Marianna Brown Dietrich.$265,000,000
2007Sanford I. Weill Jr. and Joan WeillNew YorkFinanceWeill Medical College of Cornell U. (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesGiftSanford I. Weill, chairman emeritus of Citigroup, and his wife, Joan, have announced that they are providing $250-million to Cornell University's medical school in New York City. Mr. Weill is an alumnus of Cornell and chairs the board of the medical school. The Weills have previously given $215-million to the medical school, which in 1998 changed its name to the Weill Medical College in honor of their gifts.$250,000,000
2013Charles B. JohnsonCaliforniaFinanceYale U. (New Haven, Conn.)ConnecticutColleges and universitiesPledgeYale U. (New Haven, Conn.) has received a pledge of $250-million from Charles B. Johnson to build two new residential colleges. Mr. Johnson is former chairman and chief executive of Franklin Resources, the parent company of Franklin Templeton Investments, in San Mateo, Calif. He graduated from Yale in 1954.$250,000,000
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