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2006Warren E. BuffettNebraskaInvestmentsBill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle)WashingtonFoundationsPledge NoncashMr. Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway, an insurance and investment company in Omaha, pledged 10 million shares of Berkshire Hathaway class "B" stock worth approximately $36.1-billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The money will be used to support the foundation's work on global health and improving American schools. His pledge to the Gates Foundation is the largest in the history of philanthropy. He will continue to pay the foundation 5 percent of the remaining balance of the earmarked shares every year until his death. Starting in 2009 the Gates Foundation is required to spend Mr. Buffett's annual payout from the previous year, plus the yearly amount the federal government requires all private foundations to disburse - usually at least 5 percent of the value of a foundation's assets.$36,100,000,000
2007Helen R. WaltonArkansasFamily wealth, RetailWalton Family Foundation (Bentonville, Ark.)ArkansasFoundationsBequest Gift EstimatedThe death in April 2007 of Helen R. Walton, the widow of Sam M. Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart Stores, could mean that billions of dollars from her estate will soon flow into the family's foundation, potentially making it one of the wealthiest grant makers in the United States. Forbes magazine recently ranked Ms. Walton the 29th-richest person in the world with a net worth of $16.4-billion, and she has been widely expected to pass a large amount of her estate to the Walton Family Foundation, in Bentonville, Ark. If most of her money went there, the foundation would probably be bigger than the Ford Foundation, which has $12.2-billion in assets. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with $33-billion in assets, would be the only American grant maker that is larger.$16,400,000,000
2008Leona M. HelmsleyNew YorkFamily wealth, HotelsLeona and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust (New York)New YorkFoundationsBequest EstimatedMs. Helmsley, head of the Helmsley Hotel Chain, died in August of 2007 of heart failure. Her estate is estimated to be worth between $4-billion and $8-billion. Through her will, she directed that all of her assets, including cash from the sale of her homes and other property, be given to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Ms. Helmsley created the trust in 1999, according to the will.$5,200,000,000
2008James LeVoy SorensonUtahInvention, InvestmentsSorenson Legacy Foundation (Salt Lake City)UtahFoundationsBequest EstimatedJames LeVoy Sorenson, an inventor and investor who died in January 2008, has bequeathed most of his fortune—about $4.5-billion, according to Forbes magazine's annual ranking of the wealthiest Americans—to his family foundation. That means the foundation, whose largest grants have gone primarily to medical causes, is likely to become one of the 20 wealthiest grant makers in the United States. Mr. Sorenson, who was 86 when he died of cancer, was chairman of Sorenson Development, a holding company and the investment arm of Sorenson Companies, in Salt Lake City. His money will go to the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, also in Salt Lake City. The foundation supports arts organizations, colleges and universities, charities that help abused children, medical-research programs, religious groups (especially those with a Mormon emphasis), and youth organizations, according to its Web site.$4,500,000,000
2006Warren E. BuffettNebraskaInvestmentsSusan Thompson Buffett Foundation (Omaha)NebraskaFoundationsPledge Noncash EstimatedMr. Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, an insurance and investment company in Omaha, pledged one million shares of the class "B" stock Berkshire Hathway worth $3.6-billion -- of which $151.3-million has been paid -- to the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, in Omaha. The foundation supports education, medical research, and efforts to curb population growth. It was named for Mr. Buffett's first wife, Susan, who was president of the foundation until her death in 2004.$3,600,000,000
2006Warren E. BuffettNebraskaInvestmentsHoward G. Buffett Foundation (Decatur, Ill.)IllinoisFoundationsPledge Noncash EstimatedWarren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, an insurance and investment company in Omaha, pledged 350,000 shares of Berkshire Hathaway stock worth $1.3-billion to each one of his three children's foundations: the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, in Decatur, Ill.; the Susan A. Buffett Foundation, in Omaha; and the NoVo Foundation, Peter Buffett's foundation in New York. As he did with his pledge to the Gates Foundation, Mr. Buffett said he would pay the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation and the three foundations run by his children 5 percent of the remaining balance of the shares every year until his death.$1,300,000,000
2006Warren E. BuffettNebraskaInvestmentsSusan A. Buffett Foundation (Omaha)NebraskaFoundationsPledge Estimated NoncashWarren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, an insurance and investment company in Omaha, pledged 350,000 shares of Berkshire Hathaway stock worth $1.3-billion to each one of his three children's foundations: the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, in Decatur, Ill.; the Susan A. Buffett Foundation, in Omaha; and the NoVo Foundation, Peter Buffett's foundation in New York. As he did with his pledge to the Gates Foundation, Mr. Buffett said he would pay the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation and the three foundations run by his children 5 percent of the remaining balance of the shares every year until his death.$1,300,000,000
2006Warren E. BuffettNebraskaInvestmentsNoVo Foundation (New York)New YorkFoundationsNoncash Pledge EstimatedWarren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, an insurance and investment company in Omaha, pledged 350,000 shares of Berkshire Hathaway stock worth $1.3-billion to each one of his three children's foundations: the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, in Decatur, Ill.; the Susan A. Buffett Foundation, in Omaha; and the NoVo Foundation, Peter Buffett's foundation in New York. As he did with his pledge to the Gates Foundation, Mr. Buffett said he would pay the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation and the three foundations run by his children 5 percent of the remaining balance of the shares every year until his death.$1,300,000,000
2007Barron HiltonCaliforniaFamily wealth, HotelsConrad N. Hilton Foundation (Reno, Nev.)NevadaFoundationsPledgeThe hotel mogul Barron Hilton has pledged $1.2-billion to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, in Reno, Nev. This will push up the total value of the foundation to approximately $4.5-billion, making it one of the 15 wealthiest grant makers in the United States. Mr. Hilton, 80, recently told the foundation's board members that he intends to leave 97 percent of his entire net worth — estimated by the foundation to be about $2.3-billion — to the philanthropy when he dies. His father, Conrad, created the foundation in 1944 and left his entire estate to the fund when he died in 1979. The Hilton foundation finances a range of activities, including efforts to prevent and treat blindness worldwide, improve water and sanitation systems in developing countries, curb drug abuse among young people, provide early childhood education to disabled children, and help homeless Americans find housing.$1,200,000,000
2012Warren E. BuffettNebraskaInvestmentsNoVo Foundation (New York)New YorkFoundationsPledgeWarren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, an insurance and investment company in Omaha, pledged shares of Berkshire Hathaway class "B" stock worth $1,027,773,653 to each of his three children's foundations: the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which fights poverty; Susan Buffett's Sherwood Foundation, which supports social justice and early-childhood education; and Peter Buffett's NoVo Foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of women and girls. These new pledges are being made on top of the $1-billion he previously donated to each foundation in 2006. Mr. Buffett said he would pay the three foundations 5 percent of the remaining balance of the shares every year until his death. The amount of the pledges is based on the value of the stock on the day Mr. Buffett announced them.$1,027,773,653
2012Warren E. BuffettNebraskaInvestmentsHoward G. Buffett Foundation (Decatur, Ill.)IllinoisFoundationsPledgeWarren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, an insurance and investment company in Omaha, pledged shares of Berkshire Hathaway class "B" stock worth $1,027,773,653 to each of his three children's foundations: the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which fights poverty; Susan Buffett's Sherwood Foundation, which supports social justice and early-childhood education; and Peter Buffett's NoVo Foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of women and girls. These new pledges are being made on top of the $1-billion he previously donated to each foundation in 2006. Mr. Buffett said he would pay the three foundations 5 percent of the remaining balance of the shares every year until his death. The amount of the pledges is based on the value of the stock on the day Mr. Buffett announced them.$1,027,773,653
2012Warren E. BuffettNebraskaInvestmentsSherwood Foundation (Omaha)NebraskaFoundationsPledgeWarren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, an insurance and investment company in Omaha, pledged shares of Berkshire Hathaway class "B" stock worth $1,027,773,653 to each of his three children's foundations: the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which fights poverty; Susan Buffett's Sherwood Foundation, which supports social justice and early-childhood education; and Peter Buffett's NoVo Foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of women and girls. These new pledges are being made on top of the $1-billion he previously donated to each foundation in 2006. Mr. Buffett said he would pay the three foundations 5 percent of the remaining balance of the shares every year until his death. The amount of the pledges is based on the value of the stock on the day Mr. Buffett announced them.$1,027,773,653
2008Peter G. PetersonNew YorkFinancePeter G. Peterson Foundation (New York)New YorkFoundationsPledgePeter G. Peterson, the 81-year-old private-equity titan, has announced plans to give at least $1-billion over the next several years through his newly created foundation. Mr. Peterson is a co-founder and the senior chairman of the Blackstone Group, in New York, and a former Secretary of Commerce during the Nixon administration. Mr. Peterson said his foundation will focus primarily on problems he says the country is facing because of the growth of federal entitlement programs, such as Medicare and Social Security; ballooning health-care costs; and the increase in budget and trade deficits, low savings rates, and soaring foreign debt. The foundation will also work toward making the country's educational system more competitive and quashing the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The organization will be headed by David M. Walker, who currently leads the U.S. Government Accountability Office as the comptroller general of the United States.$1,000,000,000
2013Mark ZuckerbergCaliforniaTechnologySilicon Valley Community Foundation (Mountain View, Calif.)CaliforniaCommunity foundationsSilicon Valley Community Foundation (Mountain View, Calif.) has received 18 million shares of Facebook worth $989.8-million from Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook. The amount of the pledge is based on the value of the stock on the day Mr. Zuckerberg announced them. In 2012, he donated 18 million shares of Facebook stock to the foundation.$992,160,000
2009Fiona B. and Stanley F. DruckenmillerFinanceDruckenmiller Foundation (New York)New YorkFoundationsGiftStanley Druckenmiller, founder of Duquesne Capital Management, an investment firm in Pittsburgh, and his wife, Fiona, a former investment portfolio manager at the Dreyfus Corporation, in New York, have given $705-million to their Druckenmiller Foundation, in New York. The money will be used for medical research, education, and efforts to fight poverty. The couple established the foundation in 1993.$705,000,000
2007Jon M. Huntsman Sr. and Karen HuntsmanUtahChemicals, ManufacturingHuntsman Foundation (Salt Lake City)UtahFoundationsGift EstimatedJon M. Huntsman Sr., a Utah businessman, and his wife, Karen, have endowed their foundation with nearly $700-million, and say they plan to add as much as $700-million more within the next 10 years. Mr. Huntsman said his foundation will no longer simply serve as a conduit for the couple's yearly giving, but will be permanently endowed and will begin accepting grant proposals. The fund will focus on those causes the Huntsmans have long supported in their philanthropy: cancer research and treatment, domestic violence, education, and homelessness.$700,000,000
2013Philip H. and Penelope KnightOregonManufacturingOregon Health & Science U. (Portland)OregonColleges and universitiesPledgeOregon Health & Science U. (Portland) has received a $500-million pledge from Phil Knight, a co-founder of of Nike, and his wife, Penelope, for cancer research. The university must raise an additional $500-million to receive the money.$500,000,000
2012Mark ZuckerbergCaliforniaTechnologySilicon Valley Community Foundation (Mountain View, Calif.)CaliforniaCommunity foundationsGiftSilicon Valley Community Foundation (Mountain View, Calif.) has received a gift of 18 million shares of Facebook stock worth $498.8-million from Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and chief executive officer of the online social network. On his Facebook page, Mr. Zuckerberg said the gift will go to health and education causes, but was not more specific.$498,780,000
2007T. Denny SanfordSouth DakotaFinanceSioux Valley Hospitals and Health System (Sioux Falls, S.D.)South DakotaHealthGiftThe Sioux Valley Hospitals and Health System was renamed Sanford Health following a $400-million gift from T. Denny Sanford, who made his fortune through a credit-card company based in Sioux Falls, S.D. The gift will help open a chain of pediatric clinics. The Sanford Project, a research effort, would attempt to solve "one of the pressing medical issues of our day." The system will spend $30-million to $50-million, of investment returns, over 10 years to open at least five pediatric clinics in the United States, and perhaps one each in Canada and Mexico. Sanford Health will spend $50-million over the next decade to build up its joint research operation with the medical school of the University of South Dakota, and an additional $30-million on the Sanford Project.$400,000,000
2007John W. KlugeNew YorkMedia and entertainmentColumbia U. (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesPledge BequestThe media magnate John W. Kluge has promised to provide $400-million to Columbia University when he dies, the largest gift a living donor has pledged to an American college or university, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Mr. Kluge, a 92-year-old self-made billionaire who attended the university on a scholarship, earmarked the money to support financial aid for students. A German immigrant who graduated from Columbia in 1937 with a bachelor's degree in economics, Mr. Kluge founded and serves as chairman of Metromedia, which has invested in entertainment companies. Half of the gift will support and expand financial aid for undergraduates at Columbia College, and the remaining $200-million will go to scholarships and fellowships in other schools and institutions at the university.$400,000,000
2008Harold AlfondFloridaManufacturing, RetailHarold Alfond Foundation (Portland, Me.)MaineFoundationsBequest EstimatedHarold Alfond, the founder of the Dexter Shoe Company who died in November 2007, has bequeathed approximately $360-million to the Harold Alfond Foundation, in Portland, Me. The bequest will push the foundation's assets up to more than $500-million. The Harold Alfond College Challenge will receive some of the money to provide college scholarship grants of $500 to every child born in Maine beginning in January 2009. Mr. Alfond also pledged to make grants to several institutions, including a $5-million grant to the Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA at the Alfond Youth Center, in Waterville, Me.; $3-million to Colby College, also in Waterville; $2.7-million to the Kents Hill School, in Maine; $1.5-million to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, in Boothbay; and $250,000 to the University of Maine, in Orono.$360,000,000
2009William H. (Bill) Gates IIIWashingtonTechnologyBill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle)WashingtonFoundationsGiftBill Gates, co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation, in Redmond, Wash., and his wife, Melinda, have given $350-million to their foundation in Seattle to pay for construction costs at its new headquarters and campus. To date, the Gateses have donated $21-billion to their foundation.$350,000,000
2013Michael R. BloombergNew YorkMedia and entertainmentThe Johns Hopkins U. (Baltimore)MarylandColleges and universitiesPledgeThe Johns Hopkins U. (Baltimore) has received a pledge of $350-million from Michael R. Bloomberg. Most of the gift, $250-million, to endow 50 professorships for interdisciplinary studies and research. The remainder will be directed to financial aid for undergraduate students. Mr. Bloomberg is the mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg LP. He has donated over $1-billion to the university to date.$350,000,000
2008David G. and Suzanne Deal BoothTexasFinanceU. of Chicago Booth School of BusinessColleges and universitiesPledgeDavid G. Booth, the founder of Dimensional Fund Advisors, an investment firm in Santa Monica, Calif., and his wife, Suzanne, have pledged $300-million to the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Mr. Booth, who earned a master's degree from the business school in 1971, said it could use the money for any purpose.$300,000,000
2012Paul G. AllenWashingtonTechnologyAllen Institute for Brain Science (Seattle)WashingtonSciencePledgeAllen Institute for Brain Science (Seattle) has received a pledge of $300-million over four years from Paul G. Allen to expand its research programs and double its staff. Mr. Allen is a co-founder of Microsoft and founder and head of Vulcan Inc., an investment company in Seattle. To date, he has donated $500-million to the institute.$300,000,000
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
2008Frank C. DobleMassachusettsEnergyTufts U. (Medford, Mass.)MassachusettsColleges and universitiesBequest UnrestrictedTufts and Lesley Universities are sharing an unrestricted $272-million gift from trusts established by the late Frank C. Doble, who died in 1969. Tufts will use the gift to build a new laboratory for collaborative research in engineering and biology. Some of the remaining money will go toward student aid. The gift triples the size of Lesley's endowment, bringing it to the $200-million mark. The university plans to put the full amount in its endowment and is still determining how much of the money to spend on academic programs, student aid, facilities, and endowment growth. Mr. Doble graduated from Tufts in 1911. His Doble Engineering Company, which tested the safety and reliability of power systems, was based on Tufts's campus. He was a trustee at Lesley. Both universities had previously received $34-million each in dividends from the trusts since Mr. Doble died.$272,000,000
2011William S. Dietrich IIPennsylvaniaManufacturingCarnegie Mellon U. (Pittsburgh)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesPledgeCarnegie Mellon U., in Pittsburgh, has received a pledge of $265-million from William S. Dietrich II to support its global projects and for interdisciplinary academic programs. Mr. Dietrich is the former chairman of Dietrich Industries, a manufacturer of light metal framing for the construction industry, which was sold to Worthington Industries in 1996. The university will name its College of Humanities and Social Sciences after the donor's mother, Marianna Brown Dietrich.$265,000,000
2007Sanford I. Weill Jr. and Joan WeillNew YorkFinanceWeill Medical College of Cornell U. (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesGiftSanford I. Weill, chairman emeritus of Citigroup, and his wife, Joan, have announced that they are providing $250-million to Cornell University's medical school in New York City. Mr. Weill is an alumnus of Cornell and chairs the board of the medical school. The Weills have previously given $215-million to the medical school, which in 1998 changed its name to the Weill Medical College in honor of their gifts.$250,000,000
2013Charles B. JohnsonCaliforniaFinanceYale U. (New Haven, Conn.)ConnecticutColleges and universitiesPledgeYale U. (New Haven, Conn.) has received a pledge of $250-million from Charles B. Johnson to build two new residential colleges. Mr. Johnson is former chairman and chief executive of Franklin Resources, the parent company of Franklin Templeton Investments, in San Mateo, Calif. He graduated from Yale in 1954.$250,000,000
2006David RockefellerNew YorkFamily wealth, FinanceRockefeller Brothers Fund (New York)New YorkInternationalBequest PledgeDavid Rockefeller, the 91-year-old financier and last living child of John D. Rockefeller Jr., has pledged $225-million to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. It will be made as a bequest from his estate after his death. Mr. Rockefeller says his "philosophy of giving" revolves around several key principles, some of which are drawn from his 35-year career at Chase Manhattan Bank, in New York, where he retired as chairman in 1981. This gift to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund will establish the David Rockefeller Global Development Fund to further the foundation's support of projects that improve access to health care, conduct research on international finance and trade, fight poverty, and support sustainable development. The efforts Mr. Rockefeller's gift will underwrite will be separate from the organization's other grant-making programs, but the money will be added to the foundation's endowment, which was $821.8-million as of August 2006.$225,000,000
2008Dorothy Clarke PattersonFloridaFamily wealthPatterson Foundation (Sarasota, Fla.)FloridaFoundationsBequestThe Patterson Foundation, in Sarasota, Fla., has received a bequest of $225-million from the estate of Dorothy Clarke Patterson, who died last year, for unrestricted use. Ms. Patterson's husband, James, who died in 1992, was vice president and assistant managing editor at the Daily News, in New York, a newspaper that his father co-founded. Mr. Patterson was also a descendant of Joseph Medill, one of the founding partners of the Tribune Company, in Chicago.$225,000,000
2011Raymond G. and Ruth C. PerelmanPennsylvaniaFinance, InvestmentsU. of Pennsylvania, Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine (Philadelphia)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesPledgeThe University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, has received a pledge of $225-million from Raymond G. and Ruth Perelman to create a permanent endowment for financial aid, faculty recruitment, and research. Mr. Perelman is the chairman and president of RGP Holdings, a holding company that owns businesses in finance, manufacturing, and mining. He is a trustee of the School of Medicine and earned a bachelor's degree from the university's Wharton School of Business in 1940. To date, the couple has donated over $250-million to the university.$225,000,000
2006Mary Joan PalevskyCaliforniaFamily wealth, InvestmentsCalifornia Community Foundation (Los Angeles)CaliforniaCommunity foundationsBequest UnrestrictedMary Joan Palevsky, a Los Angeles philanthropist and former wife of a computer-technology tycoon, has bequeathed $200-million to the California Community Foundation, a Los Angeles fund that supports the arts and human development, community revitalization, education, and health care. Her unrestricted gift came as a surprise, since her only other donation to the foundation amounted to $2,200 and was made in 1997. Ms. Palevsky, of Los Angeles, died in March 2006 at age 80. The foundation has created the Joan Palevsky Endowment for the Future of Los Angeles, which will focus on helping disadvantaged people and supporting the arts, civic participation, civil liberties, education, and housing. Ms. Palevsky married Max Palevsky, who founded Scientific Data Systems — sold to Xerox in 1969 for close to $1-billion — and who later helped found Intel. The couple divorced in 1968.$200,000,000
2007Robert DayCaliforniaFinanceClaremont McKenna College (Calif.)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesGiftRobert Day, a California financier, is giving $200-million to his alma mater, Claremont McKenna College, a liberal-arts institution in Claremont, Calif., to pay for a new master's-degree program for economics and finance. Mr. Day helped the college design the program. In addition, the college plans to upgrade undergraduate programs in those fields and finance new scholarships. The gift will be used to create an alternative to the traditional master of business administration program. Mr. Day graduated from the college in 1965 and has served on its Board of Trustees since 1970.$200,000,000
2006Dawn M. Green and the Jerome L. Greene FoundationNew YorkFamily wealth, LawColumbia U. (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesGiftColumbia University, in New York, has received $200-million for a new research institute. Dawn M. Greene and the Jerome L. Greene Foundation gave Columbia the largest donation in the university's 252-year history, made in honor of Mrs. Greene's late husband, Jerome L. Greene. The gift will construct a center for neurobiology. University officials said the money will come from Mrs. Greene and the Greene Foundation but they declined to disclose specific terms of the gift. Mr. Greene was a founding member of Marshall, Bratter, Greene, Allison & Tucker, a New York law firm. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia in 1926, followed by a law degree in 1928. In his lifetime, Mr. Greene was a major supporter of arts, education, and health-care institutions in New York. Mrs. Greene is chief executive officer of the Greene foundation.$200,000,000
2010AnonymousBaylor U. (Waco, Tex.)TexasColleges and universitiesPledgeAn anonymous donor has pledged approximately $200-million to Baylor University, in Waco, Tex., to support research into the aging process, the School of Social Work, and other programs. The donor, who graduated from the university, stipulated that upon his or her death, the money will establish a private foundation through which Baylor will begin receiving the money.$200,000,000
2011David and Dana DornsifeCaliforniaManufacturingU. of Southern California, School of Social Work (Los Angeles)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesThe University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, has received a pledge of $200-million from David and Dana Dornsife to provide unrestricted endowment support for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Mr. Dornsife is the chairman of the Herrick Corporation, a steel-fabrication company in Stockton, Calif. He graduated from USC in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and is a trustee of the university.$200,000,000
2012Mortimer B. ZuckermanNew YorkMedia and entertainment, Real estateColumbia U. (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesPledgeColumbia U. (New York) has received a $200-million pledge from Mortimer B. Zuckerman, chairman and editor-in-chief of U.S. News and World Report and New York Daily News, and chairman and chief executive officer of Boston Properties, to endow the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at the university. The gift will also support interdisciplinary research in the field of neuroscience.$200,000,000
2013Stephen M. RossNew YorkReal estateU. of Michigan at Ann ArborMichiganColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Michigan at Ann Arbor has received a $200-million pledge from Stephen M. Ross, founder of the Related Companies, a real-estate development firm. Half of the gift will go toward the business school, which was named for Mr. Ross in 2004, and the remaining $100-million will go toward athletics. Mr. Ross graduated from the university in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in business.$200,000,000
2007Brooke Russell AstorNew YorkFamily wealthNew York Public LibraryNew YorkMuseums and librariesBequest Gift EstimatedBrooke Astor, the philanthropist and New York socialite who gave away nearly $195-million over her lifetime, died of pneumonia in August 2007. She was 105. Several nonprofit causes will probably benefit from her estate, but which ones will get how much is not yet clear and her bequests are likely to be snared in court battles. Her personal fortune was said to be approximately $130-million at her death, and a trust left to Mrs. Astor by her late husband, Vincent Astor, was worth more than $60-million. The New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, both in New York, are named as major beneficiaries in Mrs. Astor's will. A representative for Mrs. Astor's estate could not be reached for comment.$190,000,000
2007Eli and Edythe L. BroadCaliforniaFinance, Real estateBroad Foundations (Los Angeles)CaliforniaFoundationsPledgeEli Broad, founding chairman of the KB Home Corporation and SunAmerica, a financial-services company in Los Angeles, and his wife, Edythe, have pledged $176-milllion to the Broad Foundations, in Los Angeles.$176,000,000
2007John P. and Tashia F. MorgridgeCaliforniaTechnologyFund for Wisconsin Scholars (Madison)WisconsinColleges and universitiesGiftJohn P. and Tashia F. Morgridge have donated $175-million to establish the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars, in Madison, to provide tuition grants to needy graduates of Wisconsin public schools who attend public colleges and universities. In the 2008-9 school year, approximately 2,000 students will receive grants of $1,000 to $5,000 each; in the future, more than 3,000 students will receive grants annually. Ms. Morgridge is a retired elementary-school special-education teacher, and Mr. Morgridge is chairman emeritus of Cisco Systems, a San Jose, Calif., company that designs and sells networking and communications technology and services.$175,000,000
2012Fred W. FieldsCaliforniaManufacturingOregon Community Foundation (Portland)OregonCommunity foundationsBequestOregon Community Foundation (Portland) has received a bequest of $166-million from Fred W. Fields, former president of Coe Manufacturing Company, in Tigard, Ore., to establish the Fields Fund to support education and the arts. He died in December of 2011.$166,000,000
2006T. Boone PickensTexasInvestments, OilOklahoma State U. (Stillwater)OklahomaColleges and universitiesGiftBoone Pickens, the oil and investment executive, has donated $165-million to support athletics at Oklahoma State University, in Stillwater. The gift is the largest single donation to a college athletics program in U.S. history, university officials said. Mr. Pickens graduated from the university in 1951 with a degree in geology. He is the founder of Mesa Petroleum, an oil and gas company, and of BP Capital Management, an investment firm in Dallas. The university will use the donation to build soccer, track, and tennis facilities, an indoor practice area, an equestrian center, a baseball stadium, and outdoor practice fields, and for improvements at the Boone Pickens Stadium.$165,000,000
2013Muriel BlockNew YorkFamily wealth, Real estateYeshiva U., Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesBequestYeshiva U., Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York) has received a bequest of $160-million from Muriel Block for biomedical research. A portion of the gift, $20-million, will endow 10 new chairs. The bequest will establish institutes that will be named after the Blocks for brain research and clinical research and to construct a building to house research and administration. Ms. Block, along with her late husband, Harold, owned commercial real estate in New York. In 2004, she donated a building to Einstein that was sold for $21-million to build a research pavilion. Ms. Block died in 2010.$160,000,000
2013John ArrillagaCaliforniaReal estateStanford U. (Calif.)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesGiftStanford U. (Calif.), in Stanford, has received a gift of $151-million from John Arrillaga, co-founder of Peery-Arrillaga, a real estate-development firm in Palo Alto, Calif. Mr. Arrillaga graduated from the university in 1960. In 2006, he donated $100-million to the university.$151,000,000
2007AnonymousU. of California at San FranciscoCaliforniaColleges and universitiesPledgeAn anonymous donor has pledged to give the University of California at San Francisco $150-million for clinical and research programs at the university's Comprehensive Cancer Center. The anonymous pledge to the San Francisco institution will be used to develop new cancer treatment drugs and clinical trials for patients, to establish a database to track cancer patients' responses to therapy and their recovery, and to support other cancer-center programs.$150,000,000
2008Helen L. KimmelNew YorkReal estateNew York U. Langone Medical CenterNew YorkColleges and universitiesPledgeHelen L. Kimmel, of New York, has pledged $150-million to New York University's Langone Medical Center for a new patient facility. Ms. Kimmel serves on the medical center's Board of Trustees. She is the widow of Martin S. Kimmel, who co-founded Kimco Realty Corporation, a real-estate development company, in New Hyde Park, N.Y. Mr. Kimmel died in April.$150,000,000
2011Robert E. and Dorothy J. KingCaliforniaFinanceStanford U. Graduate School of Business (Calif.)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesGift MatchingRobert King, and his wife, Dorothy, have donated $150-million to Stanford U. Graduate School of Business, in Calif., to establish the Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies. Researchers at the institute will study entrepreneurship. The university must raise an $50-million more from other sources to receive the Kings' donation. Mr. King is a partner at the investment firm Peninsula Capital, in Menlo Park, Calif. He earned a master's degree in business administration from the school in 1960.$150,000,000