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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
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 salesforce.com, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
2014Bezos familyWashingtonRetail, TechnologyFred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle)WashingtonHealthGiftFred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle) has received a gift of $20-million from the Bezos family for immunotherapy research. Jeff Bezos is the founder and chief executive of Amazon.com. In 2009, the family made a $10-million challenge gift for this same purpose.$20,000,000
2014Daniel A. D'AnielloDistrict of ColumbiaFinanceAmerican Enterprise Institute (Washington)District of ColumbiaOther groupsPledgeAmerican Enterprise Institute (Washington) has received a pledge of $20-million from Daniel A. D'Aniello, chairman and co-founder of the Carlyle Group, a private-equity firm in Washington, for its capital campaign to move into a permanent building. Mr. D'Aniello is vice chairman of the institute's Board of Trustees.$20,000,000
2014Robert J. AppelNew YorkFinance, InvestmentsJazz at Lincoln Center (New York)New YorkArtsPledgeJazz at Lincoln Center (New York) has received a pledge of $20-million from Robert J. Appel for its performances, broadcasts, and educational programs. Mr. Appel is a former managing partner of Neuberger Berman, an investment and brokerage company in New York. He is chairman of the organization's Board of Directors.$20,000,000
2014Anna and John J. Sie Foundation (Anna and John J. Sie)ColoradoMedia and entertainmentU. of DenverColoradoColleges and universitiesU. of Denver has received $17-million from the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation to construct a new building for the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Mr. Sie, a former university trustee, is the founder and former chairman of Starz Entertainment Group, the parent company of cable movie channels.$17,000,000
2014Adelson Family Foundation (Sheldon G. and Miriam Adelson)NevadaHotelsSpaceIL (Israel)ScienceSpaceIL (Israel) in Tel Aviv, has received $16.4-million from the Adelson Family Foundation (Sheldon G. and Miriam Adelson) to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon. Sheldon Adelson is the developer of the Venetian, a hotel in Las Vegas, and chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.$16,400,000
2014Ben B. and Joyce E. Eisenberg Foundation (Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer)CaliforniaReal estateLos Angeles Jewish Home (Reseda, Calif.)CaliforniaSocial servicesLos Angeles Jewish Home (Reseda, Calif.) has received $15-million from the Ben B. and Joyce E. Eisenberg Foundation (Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer) for its capital campaign. Ms. Eisenberg-Keefer is president of Ben B. Eisenberg Properties, a real-estate management firm located in Los Angeles.$15,000,000
2014Jay H. and Patty BakerFloridaRetailHunter College (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesHunter College (New York) has received $15-million from Jay H. and Patty Baker to purchase a building to house the theater department. Mr. Baker is the former president of the Kohl's Corporation, the retail chain, in Menomonee Falls, Wis. Ms. Baker is a theater producer who graduated with a bachelor's degree in theater from Hunter in 1982. She is a trustee of the college.$15,000,000
2014A. Alfred TaubmanMichiganReal estateU. of Michigan at Ann ArborMichiganColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Michigan at Ann Arbor has received a pledge of $12.5-million from A. Alfred Taubman, founder of Taubman Centers, a mall- and retail-design company in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., to renovate the facilities of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. To date, he has given more than $154-million to the university.$12,500,000
2014Paul J. DiMare Foundation (Paul and Swanee DiMare)FloridaAgriculture, Food and beverageU. of Miami (Coral Gables, Fla.)FloridaColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Miami (Coral Gables, Fla.) has received a pledge of $12.5-million from the Paul J. DiMare Foundation (Paul and Swanee DiMare). Most of the gift, $6-million, will support scholarships at the Leonard M. MIller School of Medicine. Another $500,000 will go to the Miller school's sports medicine division for research related to regenerative medicine in sports. Two million dollars will be given to the Frost School of Music to build a new recital hall. The couple will donate $1.5-million for athletic scholarships and $1-million for the new Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence. Mr. DiMare is president of DiMare Brothers and DiMare Homestead, organizations of growers, packers, and shippers of whole fresh fruits and vegetables$12,500,000
2014Ed DowdCaliforniaReal estateSanta Clara U. (Calif.)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesSanta Clara U. (Calif.) has received $12-million from Ed Dowd, owner of EMD Properties, a real-estate investment firm in San Francisco,to build an art and art history facility. Mr. Dowd graduated from the university in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in commerce.$12,000,000
2014Tom CotterCaliforniaFinanceU. of Montana Foundation (Missoula)MontanaColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Montana Foundation (Missoula) has received a pledge of $11-million from Tom Cotter, a former investment banker at Franklin Templeton, for academic scholarships. He earned a master's degree from the university in 1953 and his daughter is an alumna.$11,000,000
2014Byron and Carlene ChrismanColoradoLaw, Real estateU. of Colorado at Boulder Law SchoolColoradoColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Colorado at Boulder Law School has received a pledge of $10-million from Byron and Carlene Chrisman to endow two faculty chairs in free enterprise. Mr. Chrisman is co-founder of Chrisman and Bynum, a law firm in Boulder, and a real-estate developer. He graudated from the law school in 1966.$10,000,000
2014John C. MeditzNew JerseyFinanceFairfield U. (Conn.)ConnecticutColleges and universitiesFairfield U. (Conn.) has received $10-million from John C. Meditz, co-founder of Horizon-Kinetics, an investment firm in New York, for its recreational complex. Mr. Meditz earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the university in 1970 and is a trustee.$10,000,000
2014John and Lisa Robinson ChidseyFloridaFood and beverageDavidson College (N.C.)North CarolinaColleges and universitiesPledgeDavidson College (N.C.) has received a pledge of $10-million from John and Lisa Robinson Chidsey to build a commons area, scholarships for students, and for the Chidsey Center for Leadership and Development. Mr. Chidsey is former chief executive of Burger King Corporation and chair of the college's Board of Trustees. The couple both graduated from Davidson in 1983.$10,000,000
2014Anthony Fusco Sr.DelawareReal estateSalesianum School (Wilmington, Del.)DelawareEducationPledgeSalesianum School (Wilmington, Del.) has received a pledge of $10-million from Anthony Fusco Sr., a real-estate developer, for financial aid. Several of his grandchildren attended the school.$10,000,000
2014John and Kathy SchreiberIllinoisFinance, Real estateLoyola U. Chicago, Quinlan School of BusinessIllinoisColleges and universitiesLoyola U. Chicago, Quinlan School of Business has received $10-million from John and Kathy Schreiber for a new building. Mr. Schreiber is a co-founder of Blackstone Real Estate Advisors and former partner of JMB Realty Corporation. He graduated from Loyola in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.$10,000,000
2014David NazarianCaliforniaFinance, Investments, Real estateCalifornia State U. at NorthridgeCaliforniaColleges and universitiesCalifornia State U. at Northridge has received $10-million from David Nazarian, founder and chief executive of Nimes Capital, a private-equity and real-estate investment firm in Los Angeles, to name its College of Business and Economics. Mr. Nazarian graduated from the university in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.$10,000,000
2014Jay H. and Patty BakerFloridaRetailIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York)New YorkHealthIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York) has received $10-million from Jay H. and Patty Baker to create the National Palliative Care Center, which will be named after them. The center will focus on improving access to palliative care for people with serious illnesses. Mr. Baker retired as president of the Kohl's Corporation, the retail chain, in Menomonee Falls, Wis.$10,000,000
2014AnonymousDartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, N.H.)New HampshireHealthDartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, N.H.) has received $10-million from an anonymous donor to create the Center for Palliative and Hospice Care.$10,000,000
2014Ed and Carol KaplanIllinoisTechnologyIllinois Institute of Technology (Chicago)IllinoisColleges and universitiesIllinois Institute of Technology (Chicago) has received $10-million from Ed and Carol Kaplan to establish the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship. Mr. Kaplan is co-founder of Zebra Technologies, a company that specializes in bar code technology, in Lincolnshire, Ill. He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the university in 1965.$10,000,000
2014Howard and Mary ConradIdahoNorthwest Nazarene U. (Nampa, Idaho)IdahoColleges and universitiesBequestNorthwest Nazarene U. (Nampa, Idaho), in Nampa, has received an unrestricted bequest of $10-million from Howard and Mary Conrad. Mr. Conrad was a farmer and a founding board member of the university's foundation.$10,000,000
2014James R. and Susan Shallcross SwartzUtahInvestments, TechnologyCarnegie Mellon U. (Pittsburgh)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesCarnegie Mellon U. (Pittsburgh) has received $10-million from James R. and Susan Shallcross Swartz to build an academic hub focused on entrepreneurship. Mr. Swartz is founding partner of Accel Partners, a venture-capital firm that invests in technology companies, in Palo Alto, Calif. He earned a master's degree in industrial administration from the university in 1966.$10,000,000
2014Victor and Margaret PavelHawaiiU. of Hawaii Foundation (Manoa)HawaiiColleges and universitiesBequestU. of Hawaii Foundation (Manoa) has received a bequest of $10-million from Victor and Margaret Pavel to endow a chair in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology; endow a chair in astronomy; support scholarships for needy students in 10 campuses; protect Hawaii's endangered plants; and to build an advanced culinary training facility.$10,000,000
2014James C. WyantArizonaEducation, TechnologyU. of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences (Tucson)ArizonaColleges and universitiesU. of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences (Tucson) has received $10-million from James C. Wyant for graduate student scholarships. Mr. Wyant is professor emeritus of optical sciences at the university and chairman of 4d Technology Corporation, an optics company in Tucson.$10,000,000
2014Janet W. PrindleNew YorkFinanceDePauw U. (Greencastle, Ind.)IndianaColleges and universitiesPledgeDePauw U. (Greencastle, Ind.) has received a pledge of $10-million from Janet W. Prindle to endow the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics. Ms. Prindle is a former managing director of Neuberger Berman, an investment-management firm in New York. She graduated from the university in 1958.$10,000,000
2014Joan McGowanFloridaFamily wealth, Real estateMartin Health System (Stuart, Fla.)FloridaHealthMartin Health System (Stuart, Fla.) has received $10-million from Joan McGowan and her family. Ms. McGowan's late husband, Edward, was a real-estate developer in Long Island, N.Y..$10,000,000
2014Alberto and Olga María BeeckFloridaInvestmentsGeorgetown U. (Washington)District of ColumbiaColleges and universitiesGeorgetown U. (Washington) has received $10-million from Alberto and Olga María Beeck to create the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation to test new ideas from students to solve social problems. Mr. Beeck is an investor. Ms. Beeck graduated from the university in 1981. The couple has two children currently attending the university.$10,000,000
2014Quantitative Foundation (Jaffray Woodriff)VirginiaFinanceU. of Virginia (Charlottesville)VirginiaColleges and universitiesU. of Virginia (Charlottesville) has received $10-million from the Quantitative Foundation (Jaffray Woodriff) to endow its new Data Science Institute. Mr. Woodriff is chief executive of Quantitative Investment Management, a hedge fund in Charlottesville, Va. He graduated from the university's McIntire School of Commerce in 1991.$10,000,000
2014AnonymousMarquette U. (Milwaukee)WisconsinColleges and universitiesMarquette U. (Milwaukee) has received $10-million from an anonymous donor. Most of the gift, $7.5-million, will build an on-campus residence for Jesuit priests. The remainder will support need-based scholarships.$10,000,000
2014John and Dyan SmithIowaTransportationCornell U., Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management (Ithaca, N.Y.)New YorkColleges and universitiesCornell U., Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management (Ithaca, N.Y.) has received $10-million from John and Dyan Smith to establish the Smith Family Business Initaitive to prepare students to start and run family businesses. Mr. Smith is president of CRST International, a cargo-transportation company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He earned a master's degree in business administration from Cornell in 1974 and the couple's son is currently enrolled in the business school.$10,000,000