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2015William H. ScheideNew JerseyFamily wealthPrinceton U. (N.J.)New JerseyColleges and universitiesNoncash GiftPrinceton U. (N.J.) has received a gift of rare books valued at $300-million from William H. Scheide, heir to a Pennsylvania oil fortune who died in November 2014. Among the books are a copy of the Gutenberg Bible and original printings of plays by Shakespeare. Mr. Scheide graduated from Princeton in 1936 with a bachelor's degree in history.$300,000,000
2015Roberta Buffett ElliottFamily wealth, InvestmentsNorthwestern U. (Evanston, Ill.)IllinoisColleges and universitiesGiftNorthwestern U. (Evanston, Ill.) has received a gift of $100-million from Roberta Buffett Elliott, a sister of the prominent investor Warren Buffett, to create the Institute for Global Studies. Ms. Elliott graduated from the university in 1954.$100,000,000
2015Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla ChanCaliforniaTechnologySan Francisco General Hospital FoundationCaliforniaHealthGiftSan Francisco General Hospital Foundation (San Francisco) has received a gift of $75-million from Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, who completed part of her medical training at the hospital. The gift will pay for equipment and technology at the hospital's new acute care and trauma center.$75,000,000
2015Fayez S. SarofimTexasFamily wealth, FinanceMuseum of Fine Arts, HoustonTexasArtsGiftThe Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has received a gift of $70-million from Fayez S. Sarofim, an investor, former director of the Houston-based energy company Kinder Morgan, and the heir to an Egyptian cotton fortune. The gift will support its capital campaign for a new campus, which will be named in Mr. Sarofim's honor.$70,000,000
2015Raymond G. PerelmanPennsylvaniaFinance, InvestmentsChildren's Hospital of PhiladelphiaPennsylvaniaHealthGiftChildren's Hospital of Philadelphia has received a gift of $50-million from Raymond G. Perelman for pediatric research. Mr. Perelman is chairman and president of RGP Holdings, a holding company that owns businesses in finance, manufacturing, and mining.$50,000,000
2015Richard and Nancy KinderTexasEnergyMuseum of Fine Arts, HoustonTexasArtsGiftThe Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has received a gift of $50-million from Richard Kinder, the co-founder and chairman of Kinder Morgan, an energy company in Houston, and his wife, Nancy, for its capital campaign. Mr. Kinder serves as the chairman of the museum's Board of Trustees.$50,000,000
2015AnonymousLouisiana State U. (Baton Rouge)LouisianaColleges and universitiesPledgeLouisiana State U. (Baton Rouge) has received a pledge of $40-million from an anonymous donor. The gift, a planned bequest, will be split evenly between student-athlete scholarships and sports facilities, and scholarships in the College of Engineering's department of mechanical and industrial engineering.$40,000,000
2015Ron and Gayle ConwayCaliforniaFinance, TechnologyU. of California at San FranciscoCaliforniaColleges and universitiesGiftU. of California at San Francisco has received a gift of $40-million from Ron and Gayle Conway and their family for an outpatient medical building at the university's Medical Center at Mission Bay. Mr. Conway is the founder of SV Angel, a San Francisco-based venture-capital firm that invests in technology start-up companies.$40,000,000
2015Robert ThomsonPennsylvaniaInsurancePittsburgh Theological SeminaryPennsylvaniaReligious groupsBequest UnrestrictedPittsburgh Theological Seminary has received an unrestricted bequest of $20.3-million from Robert Thomson, co-founder of Thomson & Sproull Insurance in Pittsburgh. Mr. Thomson died in September 2014.$20,250,000
2015Eric TrumpNew YorkFamily wealth, Real estateSt. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Memphis)TennesseeHealthGiftSt. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Memphis) has received a gift of $20-million from Eric Trump, the youngest son of the real-estate investor Donald Trump and executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization in New York. The gift will be used for an intensive-care unit and pediatric-surgical center.$20,000,000
2015Louise Oriole BurevitchNorth CarolinaFamily wealthNorth Carolina Community Foundation (Raleigh)North CarolinaCommunity foundationsBequestNorth Carolina Community Foundation (Raleigh) has received a bequest of $20-million from Louise Oriole Burevitch to endow programs that primarily serve the eastern region of the state. Ms. Burevitch died in September 2014.$20,000,000
2015AnonymousCentre College (Danville, Ky.)KentuckyColleges and universitiesGift MatchingCentre College (Danville, Ky.) has received a matching gift of $20-million from an anonymous donor to establish a new scholarship program.$20,000,000
2015Stephen and Karen SangerMinnesotaFood and beverageU. of Michigan at Ann ArborMichiganColleges and universitiesGiftU. of Michigan at Ann Arbor has received a gift of $20-million from Stephen Sanger, former chief executive of the cereal company General Mills, and his wife, Karen. The gift will help expand leadership-development programs at the Ross School of Business, from which Mr. Sanger received a master's degree in 1970.$20,000,000
2015Alan and Daveen FoxTexasEntertainmentU. of Arizona (Tucson)ArizonaColleges and universitiesGiftU. of Arizona, in Tucson, has received a gift of $20-million from Alan Fox, chairman and chief executive officer of Vacations To Go, a travel agency in Houston, and his wife, Daveen, for its School of Music. The donors made the gift in honor of Mr. Fox's father, Fred, a classical French-horn player who has performed with the National Symphony, the Minneapolis Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.$20,000,000
2015Max BaumgardnerInvestmentsU. of Louisville (Ky.)KentuckyColleges and universitiesGiftU. of Louisville (Ky.) has received a gift of $12.6-million from Max Baumgardner, a retired pilot and investor from Louisville. The gift will be split by the university's School of Music and athletics program.$12,600,000
2015George and Liz KruppMassachusettsReal estateCombined Jewish Philanthropies (Boston)MassachusettsEducationChallenge GiftCombined Jewish Philanthropies (Boston) has received a challenge gift of $11.3-million from George and Liz Krupp to be split among five Jewish day schools in the Boston area. Mr. Krupp is the founder and chief executive of Berkshire Property Advisors, a real-estate investment firm in Boston.$11,250,000
2015Jerry and Gene JonesTexasProfessional SportsU. of Arkansas at FayettevilleArkansasColleges and universitiesGift NoncashU. of Arkansas at Fayetteville has received a gift of cash and land with a combined value of $10.7-million from Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys professional football team, and his wife, Gene. Both the land and the money will be used for its athletics program. Mr. Jones played football for the university from 1962 to 1964.$10,650,000
2015Louis A. SimpsonFloridaInsurancePrinceton U. (N.J.)New JerseyColleges and universitiesGiftPrinceton U. has received a gift of $10-million from Louis A. Simpson, former chief executive officer for capital operations at GEICO, the auto insurance company, to establish its Center for the Study of Macroeconomics. Mr. Simpson earned his master's degree in economics from the university in 1960 and was an economics instructor there for two years.$10,000,000
2015Kenneth C. GriffinIllinoisFinanceMuseum of Contemporary Art ChicagoIllinoisArtsGiftMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago has received a gift of $10-million from Kenneth C. Griffin, founder of Citadel Investment Group, in Chicago, to create the Galleries of Contemporary Art.$10,000,000
2015Lynn PippengerFloridaFinanceU. of South Florida (Tampa)FloridaColleges and universitiesGiftU. of South Florida (Tampa) has received a gift of $10-million from Lynn Pippenger, a retired accountant and senior vice president at Raymond James, a financial-services company in St. Petersburg, Fla., for its capital campaign.$10,000,000
2015AnonymousHaverford College (Pa.)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesGiftHaverford College (Pa.) has received gifts totaling $10-million from anonymous donors to renovate a gym into a center for visual culture, arts, and media.$10,000,000
2015Jim and Carol CollinsCaliforniaFood and beverageU. of California at Los AngelesCaliforniaColleges and universitiesGiftU. of California at Los Angeles has received a gift of $10-million from Jim Collins, former chairman of Worldwide Restaurant Concepts, which operates franchises of Sizzler and Kentucky Fried Chicken worldwide, and his wife, Carol. The gift will help expand the Wasserman Football Center. The couple met as students at the university in the 1940s.$10,000,000
2015Oscar and Lynn WyattTexasOilMuseum of Fine Arts, HoustonTexasArtsGiftMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, has received a gift of $10-million from Oscar Wyatt, founder of the Coastal Corporation, an oil company in Houston, and his wife, Lynn, for its capital campaign.$10,000,000
2015Lyda HillTexasFamily wealth, InvestmentsParkland Foundation (Dallas)TexasHealthPledge ChallengeParkland Foundation, in Dallas, has received a challenge pledge of $10-million from Lyda Hill, a businesswoman in Dallas and granddaughter of oilman H.L. Hunt, for the hospital's capital campaign.$10,000,000
2015Elon MuskCaliforniaRetail, Technology, TransportationFuture of Life Institute (Cambridge, Mass.)MassachusettsScienceGiftFuture of Life Institute (Cambridge, Mass.) has received a gift of $10-million from Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive of Tesla Motors, the electric-car company, and founder and chief executive of SpaceX, the space transport company. His gift will establish a global research program on artificial intelligence and its potential to help humankind.$10,000,000
2015AnonymousMissouri Western State U. Foundation (St. Joseph)MissouriColleges and universitiesGiftMissouri Western State U. Foundation, in St. Joseph, has received a gift of $10-million from an anonymous donor for its capital campaign.$10,000,000
2015Laura and Isaac PerlmutterNew YorkEntertainmentNew York U. Langone Medical CenterNew YorkColleges and universitiesGift$9-million gift from Isaac Perlmutter, chairman and former chief executive of Marvel Entertainment, and his wife, Laura. The gift, which will be shared with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, will support two joint cancer-research programs.$9,000,000
2015Michael J. and Vikki PriceNew YorkFinanceU. of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesGift$7-million gift from Michael J. Price, senior managing director at Evercore, an investment-banking firm in New York, and his wife, Vikki, to create a lab for the digital humanities. Mr. Price, who holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the university, is a overseer of its School of Arts and Sciences.$7,000,000
2015Richard N. WeeksNew JerseyEngineeringRutgers U. (New Brunswick, N.J.)New JerseyColleges and universitiesGift Challenge$6-million challenge gift from Richard N. Weeks, chairman of Weeks Marine, a marine construction, dredging, and tunneling firm in the United States and Canada, for its School of Engineering.$6,000,000
2015Theodore R. PetersonCaliforniaManufacturingDePauw U. (Greencastle, Ind.)IndianaColleges and universities$6-million from Theodore R. Peterson, who worked in a family lumber business owned by his father-in-law, for need-based financial aid. Mr. Peterson died in 2014.$6,000,000
2015Robert EddyTelecommunicationsU. of Minnesota (Minneapolis)MinnesotaColleges and universitiesGift$6-million gift from Robert Eddy, former president of Sherburne Tele Systems, a telecommunications company in Minneapolis, for its athletics facilities.$6,000,000
2015Nicholas and Eleanor ChabrajaFloridaIndustry, ManufacturingNorthwestern U. (Evanston, Ill.)IllinoisColleges and universitiesGift$5.6-million gift from Nicholas and Eleanor Chabraja for its capital campaign. Mr. Chabraja is the retired chief executive officer of General Dynamics, a defense industry company in Falls Church, Va.$5,600,000
2015Margaret S. OdiorneDelawareChemicalsSouthwestern U. (Georgetown, Tex.)TexasColleges and universitiesGift$5.1-million gift from Margaret S. Odiorne, whose late husband, Truman, was a physical chemist with DuPont, in Wilmington, Del., for its endowment.$5,100,000
2015Robert A. and Penny FoxPennsylvaniaFinanceU. of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesGift$5-million gift from Robert A. and Penny Fox to expand a scholarship program the couple established in 1999. Mr. Fox is chairman and chief executive officer of R.A.F. Industries, an investment firm in Jenkintown, Pa.$5,000,000
2015Karen Robinson and Kevin KeyesNew JerseyFinanceU. of Notre Dame (Ind.)IndianaColleges and universitiesGift$5-million gift from Karen Robinson Keyes, head basketball coach at Ridgewood High School in New Jersey, and her husband, Kevin, president of Annaly Capital Management, a real estate investment trust in New York. The gift will endow the head coach position of the women's basketball team, on which Ms. Keyes played from 1987 to 1991.$5,000,000
2015Joan PaydenCaliforniaFinance, InvestmentsU. of Southern California (Los Angeles)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesGift$5-million gift from Joan Payden, founder and chief executive of Payden and Rygel, an investment firm in Los Angeles, for a program to help low-income children in the neighborhoods surrounding the university.$5,000,000
2015Mark and Zygi WilfNew JerseyReal estateU. of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital (Minneapolis)MinnesotaHealthGift$5-million gift from Mark Wilf, a principal at Garden Homes Development, a real-estate firm in Short Hills, N.J., and his brother, Zygi Wilf, principal owner of the Minnesota Vikings professional football team. The gift will support education, communications, and technology at the hospital.$5,000,000
2015Mary Barton Akeley SmithCaliforniaTechnologyMaine Winter Sports Center (Caribou)MaineSports and recreationMatching Gift$5-million partial matching gift from Mary Barton Smith for its endowment. Ms. Smith's late husband, Rodney, was the chief executive officer of Altera Corp., a manufacturer of programmable logic devices in San Jose, Calif.$5,000,000
2015David and Constance Girard-DiCarloPennsylvaniaLawVillanova U. School of Law (Pa.)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesGift$5-million gift from David Girard-DiCarlo, a retired U.S. ambassador to Austria and former managing partner and chairman of the law firm Blank Rome, and his wife, Constance, a former senior executive at Aramark, which makes uniforms and equipment for janitorial and food-service workers. The gift will establish the Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance.$5,000,000
2015Michael and Billie KublyWisconsinHealth careMarquette U. College of Health Sciences (Milwaukee)WisconsinColleges and universitiesGift$5-million gift from Michael Kubly, an orthopedic surgeon in Milwaukee, and his wife, Billie, for a mental-health research center.$5,000,000
2015George and Dorothea MinkMichiganEngineeringLawrence Technological U. (Southfield, Mich.)MichiganColleges and universitiesBequest$5-million bequest from George and Dorothea Mink for engineering scholarships. Mr. Mink, who attended the university, was a Michigan engineer who held several patents for material-handling devices. The couple both died in 2013.$5,000,000
2015Judith HollingerCaliforniaLawU. of Southern California, Gould School of Law (Los Angeles)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesGift$5-million gift from Judith Hollinger, a retired judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court and Beverly Hills Municipal Court, for an alternative dispute-resolution program in arbitration and mediation.$5,000,000
2015Michael E. and Carole MarksCaliforniaFinanceJuilliard School (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesGift$5-million gift from Michael E. Marks, a founding partner of Riverwood Capital, a private-equity fund in Menlo Park, Calif., and his wife, Carole. The gift will establish the Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship, named for Mr. Marks's late brother, a pianist who graduated from Juilliard in 1971.$5,000,000
2015Thomas KosasaHawaiiFamily wealthU. of Hawaii Foundation (Manoa)HawaiiColleges and universitiesGift$5-million gift from the Kosasa family for clinical training, research, and faculty development at its medical school's department of obstetics and gynecology. The late Sidney S. Kosasa, who died in 2006, founded the department-store chain ABC Stores in 1964.$5,000,000
2015Preston HaskellFloridaConstructionMuseum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (Fla.)FloridaArtsGift$5-million gift from Preston Haskell, founder of the Haskell Company, an architecture and construction firm in Jacksonville, Fla., for its endowment.$5,000,000
2015Arthur F. and Patricia RyanFloridaFinanceProvidence College (R.I.)Rhode IslandColleges and universitiesGift$5-million gift from Arthur F. Ryan, retired chairman of Prudential Financial, in Newark, N.J., and his wife, Patricia, for a new Center for Business Studies. Mr. Ryan graduated from the college with a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1963.$5,000,000
2015John and Alison FerringMissouriManufacturingCenter of Creative Arts (St. Louis)MissouriArtsUnrestricted Pledge$5-million unrestricted pledge from John Ferring, chairman of PLZ Aeroscience, a St. Louis holding company for businesses that manufacture aerosol packaging, and his wife, Alison, for its endowment.$5,000,000
2015Robert P. and Christine StillerVermontFood and beverageNorton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach, Fla.)FloridaArtsGift$5-million gift from Robert P. Stiller, founder of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, in Waterbury, Vt., and his wife, Christine, for its capital campaign.$5,000,000
2015William N. VaughanFloridaFinanceLawrenceville School (N.J.)New JerseyEducationBequest Unrestricted$5-million unrestricted bequest from William N. Vaughan, who worked at the New York Stock Exchange from 1946 until he retired in 2005. Mr. Vaughan graduated from the private school in 1938.$5,000,000
2015Ronald ReadVermontInvestmentsBrattleboro Memorial Hospital "}\ (Vt.)VermontHealthBequest Unrestricted$4.8-million unrestricted bequest from Ronald Read, a retired janitor from Dummerston, Vt., who secretly amassed a fortune through investments over his lifetime.$4,800,000