America's Top Donors

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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
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
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
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
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
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
2014Kenneth C. GriffinIllinoisFinanceHarvard U. (Cambridge, Mass.)MassachusettsColleges and universitiesHarvard U. (Cambridge, Mass.) has received $150-million from Kenneth C. Griffin, founder of Citadel Investment Group, in Chicago. Most of the gift, $140-million, will support undergraduate financial aid. The remainder will establish a professorship in business administration at the university's business school. Mr. Griffin graduated from Harvard in 1989.$150,000,000
2014T. Denny SanfordSouth DakotaFinanceSanford Health (Sioux Falls, S.D.)South DakotaHealthPledgeSanford Health (Sioux Falls, S.D.) has received a pledge of $125-million from T. Denny Sanford, chairman of United National Corporation, in Sioux Falls, S.D., to create Sanford Imagenetics, which will enable primary-care doctors to use genetic testing and counseling to treat patients. To date, Mr. Sanford has donated over $735-million to Sanford Health.$125,000,000
2014Ernest RadyCaliforniaFinance, Real estateRady Children's Hospital Foundation (San Diego)CaliforniaHealthPledgeRady Children's Hospital Foundation has received a pledge of $120-million from Ernest Rady, founder and chairman of American Assets, a real-estate development company in San Diego, to establish the Rady Pediatric Genomics and Systems Medicine Institute. In 2006, Mr., Rady gave $60-million to the hospital.$120,000,000
2014Fred EshelmanNorth CarolinaHealth productsU. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Eshelman School of PharmacyNorth CarolinaColleges and universitiesGiftU. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, in Chapel Hill, has received a gift of $100-million from Fred Eshelman, founder of Pharmaceutical Product Development, a pharmaceutical-research services company in Wilmington, N.C. The gift will be used to create the Eshelman Institute for Innovation. Mr. Eshelman has previously donated $38-million to the school.$100,000,000
2014AnonymousOregon Health & Science U. Foundation (Portland)OregonColleges and universitiesPledgeOregon Health & Science U. Foundation (Portland) has received a pledge of $100-million from an anonymous donor to the Knight Cancer Institute to support research into the early detection and treatment of cancer.$100,000,000
2014Dennis and Carol TroeshCaliforniaIndustryLoma Linda University Health (Calif.)CaliforniaHealthPledgeLoma Linda University Health (Calif.) has received a pledge of $100-million from Dennis and Carol Troesh for its capital campaign to build a new adult medical center, a tower for its children's hospital, and an interdisciplinary research hub. Mr. Troesh is founder of Robertson's Ready Mix, a company that provides ready-mix concrete, in Corona, Calif.$100,000,000
2014Henry R. and Marie-Josée KravisNew YorkFinanceMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York)New YorkHealthMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York)has received $100-million from Henry R. and Marie-Josée Kravis to establish the Center for Molecular Oncology, which will analyze the DNA of patients and their tumors to match patients with medicines. Mr. Kravis is a founding partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company, a New York private-equity firm. Ms. Kravis is has been a member of the hospital's Boards of Overseers and Managers since 2000.$100,000,000
2014AnonymousDartmouth College (Hanover, N.H.)New HampshireColleges and universitiesGift ChallengeDartmouth College (Hanover, N.H.) has received a challenge gift of $100-million from an anonymous donor. Part of the gift will create between 30 to 40 endowed faculty positions. The donor is challenging Dartmouth to raise another $100-million.$100,000,000
2014Marc R. and Lynne BenioffCaliforniaTechnologyU. of California at San Francisco Benioff Children's HospitalCaliforniaHealthPledgeU. of California at San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital has received a pledge of $100-million over five years from Marc R. and Lynne Benioff to strengthen basic and clinical research and patient care. The gift will also benefit the hospital's affiliate, Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland. Both organizations have been renamed after the couple. Mr. Benioff is founder and chief executive officer of, a customer relationship management provider and Web-based computing company in San Francisco. The couple donated $100-million to the hospital in 2010.$100,000,000
2014Frederic HamiltonColoradoInvestments, OilDenver Art MuseumColoradoArtsEstimated NoncashDenver Art Museum has received 22 artworks worth an estimated $100-million from Frederic Hamilton, chairman of the Hamilton Companies, a private-equity firm in Denver that invests in oil and gas, real estate, and business ventures. He also founded Hamilton Oil Corporation. Mr. Hamilton was chairman of the museum's board from 1994 to 2013. The works are Impressionist and include paintings by Monet and van Gogh.$100,000,000
2014David RockefellerNew YorkFamily wealth, FinanceRockefeller U. (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesGiftRockefeller U. (New York), in New York, has received a gift of $75-million from David Rockefeller, retired chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank, in New York, to expand its campus along the East River in New York. Mr. Rockefeller has served as a trustee of the university, which his grandfather founded, since 1940.$75,000,000
2014John W. (Jay) Jordan IIIllinoisFinanceU. of Notre Dame (Ind.)IndianaColleges and universitiesU. of Notre Dame (Ind.), has received $75-million from John W. (Jay) Jordan II to create a research program in an area of science and technology that has not been announced yet. Mr. Jordan is a co-founder of the Jordan Company, a private investment firm in Chicago, and chairman and chief executive of Jordan Industries, a holding company in Chicago. He graduated from the university in 1969 and has been a board member since 1993. Two of his children also graduated from Notre Dame.$75,000,000
2014Alfred C. Warrington IV and Judy WarringtonTexasIndustryU. of Florida, Warrington College of Business Administration (Gainesville)FloridaColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Florida, Warrington College of Business Administration (Gainesville) has received a pledge of $75-million from Alfred C. Warrington IV and Judy Warrington for faculty research and teaching. Mr. Warrington is founder of Sanifill, which is now Waste Management Inc., the nation's largest waste disposal company, with headquarters in Houston. He graduated from the university in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. The couple's two sons also graduated from the university. In 2009, Mr. Warrington pledged $16-million to the College of Business to support accounting and entrepreneurship programs.$75,000,000
2014Sandra and Edward Meyer Foundation (Sandra and Edward Meyer)New YorkAdvertisingWeill Medical College of Cornell U. (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesWeill Medical College of Cornell U. (New York) has received $75-million from the Sandra and Edward Meyer Foundation to create and name a new cancer center. Mr. Meyer is former chairman and chief executive of Grey Global Group, an advertising company in New York. He graduated from Cornell in 1948 with a bachelor's degree in economics.$75,000,000
2014Keith L. and Katherine SachsPennsylvaniaIndustryPhiladelphia Museum of ArtPennsylvaniaArtsEstimatedPhiladelphia Museum of Art has received a collection of contemporary art estimated to be worth $70-million from Keith L. and Katherine Sachs. Mr. Sachs, a museum trustee since 1988, is former chief executive officer of Saxco International, a distributor of packaging material to producers of alcoholic beverages.$70,000,000
2014Jay H. ShidlerHawaiiInvestments, Real estateU. of Hawaii Foundation (Manoa)HawaiiColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Hawaii Foundation (Manoa) has received a pledge of $69-million in cash, securities, and income from land from Jay H. Shidler, founder and managing partner of the Shidler Group, a commercial real-estate company based in Honolulu, for the Shidler College of Business. The gift will endow faculty positions and support academic programs, faculty research, scholarships, and visiting faculty. Mr. Shidler graduated from the university in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. To date, he has given $100-million to the College of Business.$69,000,000
2014Charles T. MungerCaliforniaInvestmentsU. of California at Santa BarbaraCaliforniaColleges and universitiesGiftU. of California at Santa Barbara has received a gift of stock worth approximately $65-million from Charles T. Munger for a facility to house visiting scientists for its Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. Mr. Munger is vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, an investment company in Omaha. Mr. Munger donated class "A" shares of Berkshire Hathaway stock to the university.$65,000,000
2014Albert P. (Skip) ViraghMarylandFinance, InvestmentsJohns Hopkins Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center (Baltimore)MarylandColleges and universitiesBequestJohns Hopkins Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center (Baltimore) has received a bequest of $65-million from Albert P. (Skip) Viragh to construct a new outpatient cancer building, which will be named after him. Mr. Viragh was founder of Rydex Investments, in Rockville, Md.. and was treated for pancreatic cancer at Johns Hopkins. He died in 2003.$65,000,000
2014Vanier familyKansasAgricultureKansas State U. Foundation (Manhattan)KansasColleges and universitiesKansas State U. Foundation (Manhattan) has received $60-million from the Vanier family. Most of the gift, $40-million, will support student scholarships and fellowships, faculty positions and fellowships, and facilities. The remainder of the gift will support athletics. The Vanier family owns ranching interests across Kansas and are longtime donors to the university.$60,000,000
2014Mulva Family Foundation (James and Miriam Mulva)TexasEnergy, OilU. of Texas at AustinTexasColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Texas at Austin has received a pledge of $60-million from the Mulva Family Foundation (James and Miriam Mulva). Most of the gift, $40-million, will renovate the Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration buildings. The remainder will construct the Engineering Education and Research Center. Mr. Mulva is former chairman and chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips, the energy company headquartered in Houston. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from the university in 1968 and 1969, respectively.$60,000,000
2014Kavitark and Vidjealatchoumy ShriramCaliforniaTechnologyStanford U. (Calif.)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesStanford U. (Calif.), in Stanford, has received a of $57-million from Kavitark and Vidjealatchoumy Shriram to construct the Shriram Center for Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering. The gift will also endow a chair in the department of bioengineering. Mr. Shriram is founder of Sherpalo Ventures, a venture capital firm in Menlo Park, Calif. He was an early investor in Google.$57,000,000
2014Steve and Connie BallmerWashingtonTechnologyU. of Oregon (Eugene)OregonColleges and universitiesU. of Oregon (Eugene) has received $50-million from Steve and Connie Ballmer. Mr. Ballmer is former chief executive of Microsoft.$50,000,000
2014Charles Claude Johnson and Edith SpinkMissouriMedia and entertainmentSaint Louis Art Museum (St. Louis)MissouriArtsEstimatedSaint Louis Art Museum (St. Louis) has received an art collection worth an estimated $50-million from Charles Claude Johnson and Edith Spink.$50,000,000
2014Einhorn Family Charitable Trust (David and Cheryl Strauss Einhorn)New YorkFinanceCornell U. (Ithaca, N.Y.)New YorkColleges and universitiesPledgeCornell U. (Ithaca, N.Y.) has received a pledge of $50-million over 10 years from the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust (David and Cheryl Strauss Einhorn) to connect classroom learning to real-world experiences and encourage community engagement. Mr. Einhorn is founder and president of Greenlight Capital, a hedge fund in New York. The couple both graduated from Cornell in 1991.$50,000,000
2014Donald and Marilyn KeoughGeorgiaFood and beverageU. of Notre Dame (Ind.)IndianaColleges and universitiesU. of Notre Dame (Ind.) has received $50-million from Donald and Marilyn Keough to create the Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs. Mr. Keough is former president of the Coca-Cola Company and has been a trustee of Notre Dame since 1978. All five of the couple's children graduated from the university.$50,000,000
2014Jimmy HaslamTennesseeFamily wealth, RetailU. of Tennessee at KnoxvilleTennesseeColleges and universitiesU. of Tennessee at Knoxville has received $50-million from the Haslam family for the College of Business Administration, which will be renamed after the family's patriarch, James, who founded Pilot Flying J, a chain of rest stops headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. His son, Jimmy, is its chief executive. James graduated from the university in 1952; his son in 1976.$50,000,000
2014Agnese Nelms HauryArizonaFamily wealthU. of Arizona Foundation (Tucson)ArizonaColleges and universitiesBequestU. of Arizona Foundation (Tucson) has received a bequest of $50-million from Agnese Nelms Haury to establish a program focused on environment, society, and the Southwest. Ms. Haury's late husband, Emil, was the university's chair of its department of anthropology. She died in March 2014.$50,000,000
2014Thomas KlinePennsylvaniaLawDrexel U., Thomas R. Kline School of Law (Philadelphia)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesPledgeDrexel U., Thomas R. Kline School of Law (Philadelphia) has received a pledge of $50-million from Thomas Kline to create the Institute of Trial Advocacy, which will be named after him. Mr. Kline is founding partner of Kline & Specter, a personal injury law firm in Philadelphia, and a university trustee. His son graduated from the law school.$50,000,000
2014Gordon GundNew JerseyFinanceFoundation Fighting Blindness (Columbia, Md.)MarylandHealthEstimatedFoundation Fighting Blindness (Columbia, Md.) has received an estimated $50-million from Gordon Gund and his family to match gifts made to the organization to support research into new methods for treating degenerative diseases of the retina and restoring the vision of those who are blind, Mr. Gund is chief executive of Gund Investment Corporation, a venture-capital firm in Princeton, N.J. He is chairman and co-founder of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. He lost his vision in 1970 at the age of 30.$50,000,000
2014Timothy H. and Jeff UbbenFloridaFinancePosse Foundation (New York)New YorkEducationPledgePosse Foundation (New York) has received a pledge of $50-million over 10 years from Timothy H. and Jeff Ubben to prepare minority students for college. Timothy Ubben is founder and retired chairman of Lincoln Capital Management, in Chicago. He is a Posse board member and co-founded the organization's Chicago chapter. Jeff, his son, is founder and managing partner of ValueAct Capital, an investment firm in San Francisco, and the organization's national board chair.$50,000,000
2014Norm AsbjornsonOklahomaManufacturingMontana State U. (Bozeman)MontanaColleges and universitiesPledgeMontana State U. (Bozeman), in Bozeman, has received a pledge of $50-million from Norm Asbjornson for the College of Engineering. The gift will construct a laboratory and classroom facility. Mr. Asbjornson is founder and president of AAON, a ventilation and air conditioning manufacturer in Tulsa, Okla. He graduated from the university in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.$50,000,000
2014Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Foundation (Laura and Isaac Perlmutter)New YorkEntertainmentNew York U. Langone Medical CenterNew YorkHealthPledgeNew York U. Langone Medical Center has received a pledge of $50-million from the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Foundation for cancer research and treatment. The NYU Cancer Institute will be renamed the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center. Mr. Perlmutter is chairman and former chief executive of Marvel Entertainment. The couple belong to Langone's Board of Trustees. They previously donated approximately $8-million to Langone.$50,000,000
2014Gordon and Betty Irene MooreCaliforniaTechnologyU. of California at San FranciscoCaliforniaHealthPledgeU. of California at San Francisco has received a $50-million pledge from Gordon and Betty Irene Moore to establish a women's hospital, which will be named after Ms. Moore. Mr. Moore is a co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Intel Corporation, the technology company in Santa Clara, Calif.$50,000,000
2014Gary K. MichelsonCaliforniaHealth care, InventionU. of Southern California (Los Angeles)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesU. of Southern California (Los Angeles) has received $50-million from Gary K. Michelson, a retired orthopedic surgeon who holds more than 950 patents, to create the Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, which will focus on interdisciplinary medical research.$50,000,000
2014Bill and Kate CorbusAlaskaEnergyJuneau Community Foundation (Alaska)AlaskaCommunity foundationsJuneau Community Foundation (Alaska) has received a gift of stock worth approximately $48-million from Bill and Kate Corbus. The gift will establish five endowed funds, a donor-advised fund, and a number of directed grants. Mr. Corbus owns the Alaska Electric Light and Power Company, in Juneau. The company will be sold.$48,000,000
2014AnonymousGilmore Car Museum (Hickory Corners, Mich.)MichiganMuseums and librariesGilmore Car Museum (Hickory Corners, Mich.) has received a gift worth at least $40-million from an anonymous donor. The gift includes 50 cars, money to construct a building to house the cars, and an endowment for this new facility. The donor is a businessman from Detroit.$40,000,000
2014Robert FoisieFloridaIndustry, InvestmentsWorcester Polytechnic Institute (Mass.)MassachusettsColleges and universitiesWorcester Polytechnic Institute (Mass.) has received $40-million from Robert Foisie, an entrepreneur and founder of Matik North America, an import, distribution, and service firm specializing in paper-processing machinery, for student scholarships. Mr. Foisie graduated from the institute in 1956 and received financial assistance during his time there.$40,000,000
2014Mark and Kimbra WalterIllinoisFinanceNorthwestern U. (Evanston, Ill.)IllinoisColleges and universitiesNorthwestern U. (Evanston, Ill.) has received an unrestricted gift of $40-million from Mark and Kimbra Walter. The gift will be used for its capital campaign. Mr. Walter is founder and chief executive of Guggenheim Capital, a financial-services firm in Chicago. He earned a law degree from Northwestern in 1985. Ms. Walter earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the university in 1985.$40,000,000
2014Richard C. and Virginia A. HunsakerReal estateU. of Redlands (Calif.)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesU. of Redlands (Calif.) has received a $35-million from Richard C. and Virginia A. Hunsaker, owners of Hunsaker Managment, a real-estate company in Irvine, Calif., to establish a scholarship program for incoming College of Arts and Sciences students. The couple both graduated from the university in 1952.$35,000,000
2014Tracy Winfree and Ted McCourtneyNew YorkInvestmentsU. of Notre Dame (Ind.)IndianaColleges and universitiesU. of Notre Dame (Ind.) has received $35-million from Tracy Winfree McCourtney and Ted McCourtney to build a research facility that will be named after them. Mr. McCourtney is a general partner of Saw Mill Partners, a private investment company in Katonah, N.Y. He is an alumnus of the university.$35,000,000
2014T.W. "Tom" WhaleyTexasOilU. of Texas at Austin, Cockrell School of EngineeringTexasColleges and universitiesBequestU. of Texas at Austin, Cockrell School of Engineering has received a $35-million bequest to endow engineering and science scholarships. Mr. Whaley, who died in 2013, earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the university in 1968. $35,000,000
2014Donald and Christopher MullettWisconsinArizona State U. (Tempe)ArizonaColleges and universitiesGiftArizona State U. (Tempe), in Tempe, has received a gift of $32-million from Donald Mullett, chief executive of the Bradley Corporation, a company that makes commercial plumbing fixtures in Menomonee Falls, Wis., and his son, Christopher. The gift will enable the university's hockey team to compete at the NCAA's Division I level.$32,000,000
2014Brendan IribeCaliforniaTechnologyU. of Maryland at College ParkMarylandColleges and universitiesU. of Maryland at College Park has received $31-million from Brendan Iribe to construct the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation. The bulk of the gift will be directed to the building and $1-million will establish a scholarship in computer science. Mr. Iribe is co-founder and chief executive of Oculus, a virtual reality technology company, in Irvine, Calif. He briefly attended the university.$31,000,000
2014Stephen M. RossNew YorkReal estateWorld Resources Institute (Washington)District of ColumbiaOther groupsWorld Resources Institute (Washington) has received $30.5-million from Stephen M. Ross to establish the Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, which will focus on cities in developing countries. Mr. Ross is founder and chairman of the Related Companies, a New York real-estate development firm and owns the Miami Dolphins. He is a board member of the institute.$30,500,000