• February 1, 2015

Biggest Gifts by Individuals Announced in 2011

Amount Donor Beneficiaries
$800-million From the Walton Family Foundation; Alice Walton is an heiress to the Wal-Mart Stores fortune To the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, Ark.) for endowment
$350-million (pledge) From the Atlantic Philanthropies, founded by Charles F. Feeney, who is also a co-founder of the Duty Free Shoppers Group To Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.) for an applied-science and technology campus in New York
$265-million (bequest) From William S. Dietrich II, who was chairman of Dietrich Industries To Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh)
$225-million From Raymond G. Perelman, chairman of RGP Holdings, and his wife, Ruth To the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) for its School of Medicine
$200-million (pledge) From David Dornsife, chairman of the Herrick Corporation, and his wife, Dana To the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) for the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
$150-million From Robert E. King, a partner at Peninsula Capital, and his wife, Dorothy To Stanford University (Calif.) for an entrepreneurship institute
$150-million (pledge) From the Simons Foundation; James Simons is chairman of Renaissance Technologies To the State University of New York at Stony Brook for medical research, endowed professorships, and scholarships
$125-million (bequest) From William S. Dietrich II, who was chairman of Dietrich Industries To the University of Pittsburgh
$110-million (pledge) From John Mork, chief executive of Energy Corporation of America, and his wife, Julie To the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) for scholarships
$100-million (pledge) From Richard O. Jacobson, founder of Jacobson Companies To the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.)
$100-million (bequest) From the Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation; Margie Petersen was the widow of Robert E. Petersen who founded the Petersen Publishing Company To the Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation (Los Angeles)
$70-million (bequest) From Arthur G. Glasgow, who was a co-founder of Humphreys & Glasgow, and his wife, Margaret To the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond) to endow acquisitions
Note: Does not include gifts of artwork or other noncash donations or gifts from anonymous donors.


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