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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
2014Spencer and Marlene HaysTennesseeReal estate, RetailTexas Christian U. (Fort Worth)TexasColleges and universitiesGiftTexas Christian University (Fort Worth) has received $30-million from Spencer and Marlene Hays, to expand the Neeley School of Business. Mr. Hays is chairman of the Southwestern Company, a business that recruits college students to sell textbooks and other products door-to-door. He graduated from the university in 1959 with a bachelor's degree in commerce.$30,000,000
2014J. Michael and Christine PearsonPharmaceuticalsDuke U. (Durham, N.C.)North CarolinaColleges and universitiesPledgeDuke U. (Durham, N.C.) has received a pledge of $30-million from J. Michael and Christine Pearson for the Pratt School of Engineering to advance science and engineering education across the university. Mr. Pearson, who is American, is chairman and chief executive officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, in Montreal. He graduated from Duke in 1981. Ms. Pearson graduated from the university's School of Nursing in 1984. To date, the couple has donated more than $50-million to Duke.$30,000,000
2014Mark and April AnthonyTexasHealth careAbilene Christian U. (Tex.)TexasColleges and universitiesAbilene Christian U. (Tex.), in Abilene, has received a of $30-million from April and Mark Anthony. Half of the gift, $15-million, will construct a football stadium. Seven million will support the College of Business Administration; $5-million to build the he Robert R. Onstead Center for Science and Humanities; and $3-million that has not been designated yet. Ms. Anthony is chief executive of Encompass Home Health and Homecare Homebase, a software company focused on the home health care and hospice industry, in Dallas. The couple both graduated from the university; she in 1989, and he in 1986.$30,000,000
2014Albert MarcotteMassachusettsConsultingDana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School (Boston)MassachusettsHealthDana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School (Boston) has received $30-million from Albert Marcotte, founder and president of Advanced Management Systems, a management consulting firm in Abington, Mass., for its capital campaign. The gift will also create the Marcotte Center for Cancer Research.$30,000,000
2014Philip H. and Penelope KnightOregonManufacturingProvidence Health and Services (Portland, Ore.)OregonHealthGiftProvidence Health and Services has received $25-million from Phil and Penny Knight for a new cardiovascular center at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Mr. Knight is a co-founder and the chairman of Nike, in Beaverton, Ore.$25,000,000
2014Sheldon G. and Miriam AdelsonNevadaHotelsAriel U. (Israel)Colleges and universitiesAriel U. (Israel) has received $25-million from Sheldon G. and Miriam Adelson for its School of Health Sciences. The school is embarking on an expansion plan that includes the establishment a regional medical center that will service the area's Jewish and Arab populations. Mr. Adelson is the developer of the Venetian, a hotel in Las Vegas, and chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.$25,000,000
2014Conrad T. PrebysCaliforniaConstruction, Real estateSalk Institute for Biological Studies (La Jolla, Calif.)CaliforniaHealthSalk Institute for Biological Studies (La Jolla, Calif.), in La Jolla, has received a of $25-million from Conrad T. Prebys, president and owner of Progress Construction and Management, in San Diego, for its endowment. One of Mr. Prebys's brother contracted polio as a child.$25,000,000
2014Hall Family Foundation (Hall family)MissouriRetailU. of Kansas Endowment (Lawrence)KansasColleges and universitiesU. of Kansas Endowment (Lawrence) has received $25-million from the Hall Family Foundation to construct a new health-education building. Mr. Joyce Hall founded Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Mo.$25,000,000
2014Julie Ann WrigleyNevadaFamily wealth, InvestmentsArizona State U. (Tempe)ArizonaColleges and universitiesArizona State U. (Tempe) has received $25-million from Julie Ann Wrigley for its Global Institute of Sustainability, to study the effects of human activity on the Earth's ability to sustain all species. Ms. Wrigley is president of Wrigley Investments, in Sun Valley, Idaho. Her late husband, William, was president of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, the chewing-gum manufacturer in Chicago. To date, she has donated $50-million to the institute.$25,000,000
2014AnonymousU. of Kansas Endowment (Lawrence)KansasColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Kansas Endowment (Lawrence) has received a pledge of $25-million from an anonymous donor. Most of the gift, $20-million, will support outreach programs of the university's alumni association. The remainder will be evenly split between scholarships and a fund supporting the university's greatest needs.$25,000,000
2014Leon and Toby Cooperman Family Foundation (Leon G. and Toby Cooperman)New JerseyFinanceSaint Barnabas Medical Center (Livingston, N.J.)New JerseyHealthPledgeSaint Barnabas Medical Center (Livingston, N.J.), in Livingston, has received a pledge of $25-million from the Leon and Toby Cooperman Family Foundation to build a new wing. Mr. Cooperman is chairman and chief executive officer of Omega Advisors, a hedge fund, and former chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, both in New York.$25,000,000
2014Andrew BarowskyMaineFood and beverageDominican U. of California (San Rafael)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesPledgeDominican U. of California (San Rafael) has received a partial pledge of $25-million from Andrew Barowsky. Most of the gift, $17.5-million, has been paid outright. The gift also will establish the Andrew P. Barowsky School of Business, create the Françoise O. Lepage Center for Global Innovation, and support campus renovations. Mr. Barowsky, chair of the university's Board of Trustees, is former chief executive of Lepage Bakeries, which was sold to Flower Foods in 2012.$25,000,000
2014Blavatnik Family Foundation (Len Blavatnik)New YorkChemicals, Media and entertainment, Real estate, TelecommunicationsTel Aviv U. (Israel)Colleges and universitiesTel Aviv U. (Israel), in Tel Aviv, has received a of $20-million from Blavatnik Family Foundation (Len Blavatnik) to create the Blavatnik Initiative, a multiyear program focused on interdisciplinary scientific research, student film production, and faculty recruitment. Mr. Blavatnik is founder and chairman of Access Industries, an investment company in New York with holdings in media and telecommunications, natural resources and chemicals, and real estate. $20,000,000
2014C.M. (Bill) GattonTennesseeFinance, Real estateU. of Kentucky (Lexington)KentuckyColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Kentucky (Lexington) has received a pledge of $20-million from C.M. (Bill) Gatton to build a new student center. Mr. Gatton founded Area Bancshares, a bank holding company that was sold to BB&T in 2002. He graduated from the university in 1954.$20,000,000
2014Peter BuckConnecticutFood and beverageWestern Connecticut Health Network (Danbury)ConnecticutHealthPledgeWestern Connecticut Health Network (Danbury), in Danbury, has received a pledge of $20-million from Peter Buck, co-founder of the Subway sandwich chain, for its $50-million capital campaign. The gift will support a patient tower. In 2013, Mr. Buck donated $10-million to the organization.$20,000,000
2014Conrad T. PrebysCaliforniaConstruction, Real estateSan Diego State U.CaliforniaColleges and universitiesSan Diego State U. has received $20-million from Conrad T. Prebys, president and owner of Progress Construction and Management, in San Diego, to endow scholarships for at least 150 students annually.$20,000,000