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February 06, 2011

No. 9: Meyer and Renee Luskin

Reed Hutchinson

Meyer and Renee Luskin

Amount donated in 2010: $100.5-million

Beneficiary: University of California at Los Angeles

Donors’ background: Mr. Luskin is chairman of Scope Industries, a Santa Monica, Calif., company that manufactures an animal-feed ingredient from recycled bakery waste.

Mr. Luskin, 85, and his wife, Renee, 78, pledged $100-million to the University of California at Los Angeles.

Of the total, $50-million will endow the university’s School of Public Affairs; $40-million will help pay for a new building to house a conference center, guest quarters, and a faculty club; and $10-million will endow a speakers series.

Both the public-affairs school and the new building will be named for the Luskins. The couple have paid $22-million toward their pledge and plan to pay off the rest over the next few years.

They also gave $500,000 in 2010 to the university’s David Geffen School of Medicine.

The Luskins are UCLA alumni and met while they were students there. Both earned bachelor’s degrees at the institution: Mr. Luskin earned his in economics in 1949, and Ms. Luskin earned hers in sociology in 1953.

They gave the university $5-million in 1998 to establish the Luskin Center for Innovation, which is housed in the School of Public Affairs. Mr. Luskin serves on the university foundation’s Board of Directors.

—Maria Di Mento

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