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2015Samuel Tak LeeFamily wealth, Real estateMassachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge)MassachusettsColleges and universitiesGiftMassachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge) has received a gift of $118-million from Samuel Tak Lee, the head of Prudential Enterprise, an international real-estate investment firm in Hong Kong founded by his father. Mr. Lee, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the university, directed his gift to establish a real-estate entrepreneurship lab that will promote social responsibility among real-estate professionals worldwide.$118,000,000
2015Fayez S. SarofimTexasFamily wealth, FinanceMuseum of Fine Arts, HoustonTexasArtsGiftThe Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has received a gift of $70-million from Fayez S. Sarofim, an investor, former director of the Houston-based energy company Kinder Morgan, and the heir to an Egyptian cotton fortune. The gift will support its capital campaign for a new campus, which will be named in Mr. Sarofim's honor.$70,000,000
2015Raymond G. PerelmanPennsylvaniaFinance, InvestmentsChildren's Hospital of PhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaHealthGiftChildren's Hospital of Philadelphia has received a gift of $50-million from Raymond G. Perelman for pediatric research. Mr. Perelman is chairman and president of RGP Holdings, a holding company that owns businesses in finance, manufacturing, and mining.$50,000,000
2015Richard and Nancy KinderTexasEnergyMuseum of Fine Arts, HoustonTexasArtsGiftThe Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has received a gift of $50-million from Richard Kinder, the co-founder and chairman of Kinder Morgan, an energy company in Houston, and his wife, Nancy, for its capital campaign. Mr. Kinder serves as the chairman of the museum's Board of Trustees.$50,000,000
2015Ron and Gayle ConwayCaliforniaFinance, TechnologyU. of California at San FranciscoCaliforniaColleges and universitiesGiftU. of California at San Francisco has received a gift of $40-million from Ron and Gayle Conway and their family for an outpatient medical building at the university's Medical Center at Mission Bay. Mr. Conway is the founder of SV Angel, a San Francisco-based venture-capital firm that invests in technology start-up companies.$40,000,000
2015Stephen and Karen SangerMinnesotaFood and beverageU. of Michigan at Ann ArborMichiganColleges and universitiesGiftU. of Michigan at Ann Arbor has received a gift of $20-million from Stephen Sanger, former chief executive of the cereal company General Mills, and his wife, Karen. The gift will help expand leadership-development programs at the Ross School of Business, from which Mr. Sanger received a master's degree in 1970.$20,000,000
2015Alan and Daveen FoxTexasEntertainmentU. of Arizona (Tucson)ArizonaColleges and universitiesGiftU. of Arizona, in Tucson, has received a gift of $20-million from Alan Fox, chairman and chief executive officer of Vacations To Go, a travel agency in Houston, and his wife, Daveen, for its School of Music. The donors made the gift in honor of Mr. Fox's father, Fred, a classical French-horn player who has performed with the National Symphony, the Minneapolis Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.$20,000,000
2015Max BaumgardnerInvestmentsU. of Louisville (Ky.)KentuckyColleges and universitiesGiftU. of Louisville (Ky.) has received a gift of $12.6-million from Max Baumgardner, a retired pilot and investor from Louisville. The gift will be split by the university's School of Music and athletics program.$12,600,000
2015Jerry and Gene JonesTexasProfessional SportsU. of Arkansas at FayettevilleArkansasColleges and universitiesGift NoncashU. of Arkansas at Fayetteville has received a gift of cash and land with a combined value of $10.7-million from Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys professional football team, and his wife, Gene. Both the land and the money will be used for its athletics program. Mr. Jones played football for the university from 1962 to 1964.$10,650,000
2015Oscar and Lynn WyattTexasOilMuseum of Fine Arts, HoustonTexasArtsGiftMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, has received a gift of $10-million from Oscar Wyatt, founder of the Coastal Corporation, an oil company in Houston, and his wife, Lynn, for its capital campaign.$10,000,000
2015Lyda HillTexasFamily wealth, InvestmentsParkland Foundation (Dallas)TexasHealthPledge ChallengeParkland Foundation, in Dallas, has received a challenge pledge of $10-million from Lyda Hill, a businesswoman in Dallas and granddaughter of oilman H.L. Hunt, for the hospital's capital campaign.$10,000,000
2015Elon MuskCaliforniaRetail, Technology, TransportationFuture of Life Institute (Cambridge, Mass.)MassachusettsScienceGiftFuture of Life Institute (Cambridge, Mass.) has received a gift of $10-million from Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive of Tesla Motors, the electric-car company, and founder and chief executive of SpaceX, the space transport company. His gift will establish a global research program on artificial intelligence and its potential to help humankind.$10,000,000
2015AnonymousMissouri Western State U. Foundation (St. Joseph)MissouriColleges and universitiesGiftMissouri Western State U. Foundation, in St. Joseph, has received a gift of $10-million from an anonymous donor for its capital campaign.$10,000,000
2015Nicholas and Eleanor ChabrajaFloridaIndustry, ManufacturingNorthwestern U. (Evanston, Ill.)IllinoisColleges and universitiesGift$5.6-million gift from Nicholas and Eleanor Chabraja for its capital campaign. Mr. Chabraja is the retired chief executive officer of General Dynamics, a defense industry company in Falls Church, Va.$5,600,000
2015Preston HaskellFloridaConstructionMuseum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (Fla.)FloridaArtsGift$5-million gift from Preston Haskell, founder of the Haskell Company, an architecture and construction firm in Jacksonville, Fla., for its endowment.$5,000,000
2015Arthur F. and Patricia RyanFloridaFinanceProvidence College (R.I.)Rhode IslandColleges and universitiesGift$5-million gift from Arthur F. Ryan, retired chairman of Prudential Financial, in Newark, N.J., and his wife, Patricia, for a new Center for Business Studies. Mr. Ryan graduated from the college with a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1963.$5,000,000
2015John and Alison FerringMissouriManufacturingCenter of Creative Arts (St. Louis)MissouriArtsUnrestricted Pledge$5-million unrestricted pledge from John Ferring, chairman of PLZ Aeroscience, a St. Louis holding company for businesses that manufacture aerosol packaging, and his wife, Alison, for its endowment.$5,000,000
2015Robert P. and Christine StillerVermontFood and beverageNorton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach, Fla.)FloridaArtsGift$5-million gift from Robert P. Stiller, founder of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, in Waterbury, Vt., and his wife, Christine, for its capital campaign.$5,000,000
2015William N. VaughanFloridaFinanceLawrenceville School (N.J.)New JerseyEducationBequest Unrestricted$5-million unrestricted bequest from William N. Vaughan, who worked at the New York Stock Exchange from 1946 until he retired in 2005. Mr. Vaughan graduated from the private school in 1938.$5,000,000
2015Eunice SingfeldtInvestmentsBethel U. (Minn.)MinnesotaColleges and universitiesBequest$3-million bequest from Eunice Singfeldt, a retired public-school teacher and investor from Chicago, for scholarships. Ms. Singfeldt died last June at age 91.$3,000,000
2015Thomas P. and Barbara PutnamNew HampshireManufacturingNew England College (Henniker, N.H.)New HampshireColleges and universitiesGift$3-million gift from Thomas P. Putnam, former chairman of the Markem Corporation, a printer-manufacturing company in Keene, N.H., his wife, Barbara, and their family. The college will rename its performing-arts center for Mr. Putnam's mother, Rosamond Page Putnam.$3,000,000
2015James Herbert and Judith Herbert and James Herman and Susan HermanMichiganFood and beverageSparrow Health System (Lansing, Mich.)MichiganHealthGift$2.5-million gift from James and Judith Herbert and James and Susan Herman. Mr. Herbert is chairman and chief executive of Neogen, a food-safety company based in Lansing, Mich. His wife, Judith, received treatments for cancer from Dr. Herman, who is the medical director of the Sparrow Cancer Center.$2,500,000
2015Mukund PadmanabhanNew YorkFinanceU. of California at Los Angeles, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied ScienceCaliforniaColleges and universitiesGift$2.5-million gift from Mukund Padmanabhan, a researcher in statistical financial modeling for Renaissance Technologies, a New York-based hedge-fund management firm, and founder of the Guru Krupa Foundation. The gift will help establish an engineering laboratory.$2,500,000
2015Lorry I. LokeyOregonMedia and entertainmentLewis & Clark College (Portland, Ore.)OregonColleges and universitiesGift$2-million gift from Lorry I. Lokey, founder and chairman emeritus of Business Wire, a news-distribution company in San Francisco, which he sold to Berkshire Hathaway in 2006. His gift will endow the Lorry Lokey Faculty Excellence Awards.$2,000,000
2015Cynthia HoehlVermontHealth care, TechnologyStern Center for Language and Learning (Williston, Vt.)VermontEducationGift$2-million gift from Cynthia Hoehl for its endowment. Her late husband, Robert, co-founded IDX Systems Corporation, a health-care software technology company that was later sold to General Electric.$2,000,000
2015Phil and Jocelyn HagermanMichiganRetailU. of Michigan at FlintMichiganColleges and universitiesGift$2-million gift from Phil Hagerman, chief executive of the Diplomat Pharmacy chain of drugstores in Flint, Mich., and his wife, Jocelyn, for entrepreneurship programs at its School of Management.$2,000,000
2015James W. Bradshaw and Carlos E. EvansSouth CarolinaReal estateHilton Head Preparatory Academy (Hilton Head Island, S.C.)South CarolinaEducationGiftA gift of real estate valued at $2-million from James W. Bradshaw and Carlos E. Evans, real-estate investors on Hilton Head Island. The property will be used as the private school's theater and community arts center.$1,950,000
2015Richard SwitzerIllinoisMcDonough District Hospital Foundation (Macomb, Ill.)IllinoisHealthGift$1.9-million gift from Richard Switzer of Macomb, Ill., to establish the Dolores Kator Switzer Women's Center in honor of his late wife.$1,900,000
2015Andre Agassi and Steffi GrafNevadaProfessional SportsKeep Memory Alive (Las Vegas)NevadaHealthGift$1.5-million gift from Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, both professional tennis players, to support the work of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas.$1,500,000
2015Carl and Sally GableGeorgiaLawAtlanta Symphony OrchestraGeorgiaArtsPledge$1.3-million pledge from Carl Gable, a corporate attorney and manufacturing business executive in Atlanta, and his wife, Sally, for the Musicians' Endowment Fund.$1,250,000
2015Joe F. Sanderson Jr. and Kathy SandersonMississippiFood and beverageWilliam Carey U. (Hattiesburg, Miss.)MississippiColleges and universitiesGift$1.1-million gift from Joe F. Sanderson Jr., chief executive of Sanderson Farms, a poultry company in Laurel, Miss., and his wife, Kathy, for its School of Pharmacy and physical-therapy doctoral program.$1,100,000
2015Marvin JohnsonNorth CarolinaAgriculture, Food and beverageU. of North Carolina at WilmingtonNorth CarolinaColleges and universitiesGift$1-million gift from Marvin Johnson, chairman of the House of Raeford Farms, a poultry company in Rose Hill, N.C., and his family for its baseball program.$1,000,000
2015Edward J. Brown III and Jan BrownNorth CarolinaRetailBenedictine Military School (Savannah, Ga.)GeorgiaEducationGift$1-million gift from Edward J. Brown III, president of the Hendrick Automotive Group in Charlotte, N.C., and his wife, Jan. Mr. Brown graduated from the school in 1966.$1,000,000
2015AnonymousU. of Maine at AugustaMaineColleges and universitiesGift$1-million gift from an anonymous donor for its capital campaign.$1,000,000
2015Robert MannOhioBiotechnologyU. of Miami (Coral Gables, Fla.)FloridaColleges and universitiesGift$1-million gift from Robert Mann, a co-founder of U.S. Biochemical Corporation, a life science and biotechnology company in Cleveland, for its athletics department. Mr. Mann serves on the university's Board of Trustees' Athletics Advisory Committee.$1,000,000
2015Keith and Laurie TennantFloridaU. of Kansas (Lawrence)KansasColleges and universitiesGift$1-million gift from Keith and Laurie Tennant, both retired professors of health, sport, and exercise science at the university, for its medical center.$1,000,000