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2015Stefan Edlis and Gael NeesonIllinoisManufacturingArt Institute of ChicagoIllinoisArtsNoncash GiftArt Institute of Chicago has received a noncash gift of 42 pop and contemporary art estimated at approximately $400-million from Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson. The donated collection includes works by noted artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns. Mr. Edlis is the former president of Apollo Plastics Corporation, a plastic injection molding manufacturer in Chicago.$400,000,000
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
2015Rady Family Foundation (Ernest and Evelyn Rady)CaliforniaReal estateU. of California at San Diego, Rady School of ManagementCaliforniaColleges and universitiesU. of California at San Diego, Rady School of Management has received a donation of $100-million from the Rady Family Foundation (Ernest and Evelyn Rady) to help recruit and retain faculty. Mr. Rady is founder and chairman of American Assets, a real-estate development company in San Diego. The couple's previous donation of $30-million in 2004 helped to establish the school.$100,000,000
2015David GeffenCaliforniaEntertainmentLincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York)New YorkArtsGiftLincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York) has received a gift of $100-million from David Geffen, a co-founder of DreamWorks Studios SKG and founder of Geffen Records. The performing-arts venue plans to rename its Avery Fisher Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic, in his honor this fall.$100,000,000
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
2015Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. QuerreyFloridaInsuranceNorthwestern U. (Evanston, Ill.)IllinoisColleges and universitiesGiftNorthwestern U. (Evanston, Ill.) has received a gift of $92-million from Louis A. Simpson, chairman of the investment firm SQ Advisors and former chief executive officer of capital operations at the auto-insurance company GEICO, and his wife, Kimberley Querrey. The gift will be used for biomedical research programs at its medical school, with a focus on regenerative medicine. Mr. Simpson graduated from the university in 1958.$92,000,000
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
2015John and Rosemary BrownMichiganHealth productsAuburn U. (Ala.)AlabamaColleges and universitiesAuburn U. (Ala.) has received a donation of $57-million from John and Rosemary Brown to create two new facilities: a performing arts center and a student achievement center in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. Mr. Brown is former chairman and chief executive of Stryker Corporation, a medical device company in Kalamazoo, Mich. The couple are alumni of the university.$57,000,000
2015Mark and Mary StevensCaliforniaInvestmentsU. of Southern California (Los Angeles)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesU. of Southern California (Los Angeles) has received a $50-million donation from Mark and Mary Stevens to name and endow the Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute. Mr. Stevens is a former partner of Sequoia Capital, a venture capital firm in Menlo Park, Calif. He is an alumnus of the university, where he earned bachelor's degrees in economics and electrical engineering in 1981 and a master's in computer engineering in 1984.$50,000,000
2015William Louis-DreyfusNew YorkEnergy, Family wealthHarlem Children's Zone (New York)New YorkChildren and youthsPledgeHarlem Children's Zone (New York) has received a pledge of up to $50-million from William Louis-Dreyfus, chairman of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services, in New York. Mr. Louis-Dreyfus is selling his art collection and has promised the proceeds to the charity.$50,000,000
2015Ronald and Maxine LindeIllinoisManufacturingCalifornia Institute of Technology (Pasadena)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesGift Unrestricted EstimatedCalifornia Institute of Technology (Pasadena) has received an unrestricted gift of at least $50-million from Ronald and Maxine Linde. The gift will create an endowment. Mr. Linde was founder and chief executive of Envirodyne Industries, a Chicago company that made sausage casings, plastic cutlery, and drinking straws that was bought out in 1989. Ms. Linde worked as a scientific programmer at the university's Jet Propulsion Laboratory during the 1960s.$50,000,000
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
2015Allen and Kelli QuestromTexasRetailBoston U. School of ManagementMassachusettsColleges and universitiesPledgeBoston U. School of Management has received a pledge of $40-million from Allen and Kelli Questrom to endow 10 professorships and create a new graduate program facility. Mr. Questrom has led various retail companies such as the JC Penney Company, Barneys New York, and the Federated Department Stores. He is an alumnus of the university and serves on its Board of Trustees.$40,000,000
2015Ruth BedfordConnecticutFamily wealthWestport Weston Family YMCA (Conn.)ConnecticutSocial servicesBequestWestport Weston Family YMCA (Conn.) has received a bequest of $40-million from Ruth Bedford. Ms. Bedford was granddaughter of Edward T. Bedford, who served as director of Standard Oil in the early 1900's. He's credited with helping to develop Vaseline. Ms. Bedford was trustee emeritus of the organization's board. She died in June 2014.$40,000,000
2015Ruth BedfordConnecticutFamily wealthNorwalk Hospital (Conn.)ConnecticutHealthBequestNorwalk Hospital (Conn.) has received a bequest of $40-million from Ruth Bedford. Ms. Bedford was granddaughter of Edward T. Bedford, who served as director of Standard Oil in the early 1900's. He's credited with helping to develop Vaseline. Ms. Bedford volunteered at the hospital for many years. She died in June 2014.$40,000,000
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
2015Lisbet Rausing and Peter BaldwinFamily wealthYale U. (New Haven, Conn.)ConnecticutColleges and universitiesYale U. (New Haven, Conn.) has received $25-million from Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing to renovate the Hall of Graduate Studies and house the humanities departments there. The couple has asked that the tower at the Hall of Graduate Studies be named in honor of the university's chief investment officer, David Swensen. Mr. Baldwin, an alumnus of the university, is a history professor at the University of California at Los Angeles. Ms. Rausing is heiress to the Tetra Pak food processing and packaging company fortune.$25,000,000
2015Henry M. and Eleanor RowanNew JerseyManufacturingDoane Academy (Burlington, N.J.)New JerseyEducationGiftDoane Academy (Burlington, N.J.) has received a gift of $22-million from Henry M. Rowan, founder and chief executive officer of Inductotherm, a Rancocas, N.J., company that manufactures equipment and systems for melt shops and foundries, and his wife, Eleanor. Of the gift, $17-million will support the private school's endowment and $5-million will help rebuild a school building destroyed in a fire.$22,000,000
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
2015Green Family Foundation (Steven Green and Dorothea Green and Kimberly Green)FloridaFinance, GovernmentFlorida International U. Foundation (North Miami)FloridaColleges and universitiesFlorida International U. Foundation (North Miami) has received a donation of $20-million from the Green Family Foundation (Steven and Dorothea Green and their daughter, Kimberly) for the School of International and Public Affairs. The donation will be used to establish an endowment, construct a new building, and secure the school's membership in the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. Mr. Green is chairman and chief executive of Greenstreet Partners, a private merchant bank, and former U.S. ambassador to Singapore. His wife is a former member of the foundation's board.$20,000,000
2015Simon B. and Sylvia PoytaNew YorkHealth careWNET.org (New York)New YorkOther groupsBequestWNET.org (New York) has received a bequest of $20-million from Simon B. and Sylvia Poyta to establish an endowment for projects that fight anti-Semitism and related issues. Mr. Poyta was a dentist and Ms. Poyta was a comptroller. He died in 2006 and she passed in 2012.$20,000,000
2015Donald T. BollingerLouisianaConstructionNational World War II Museum (New Orleans)LouisianaMuseums and librariesGiftNational World War II Museum (New Orleans) has received a gift of $20-million from Donald T. Bollinger to expand the museum's New Orleans campus. Mr. Bollinger is former chairman and chief executive of Bollinger Shipyards, a company that constructs ships and various vessels in Lockport, La. He is former chairman of the museum's board.$20,000,000
2015Lowell BaierMarylandLaw, Real estateIndiana U. Maurer School of Law (Bloomington)IndianaColleges and universitiesPledgeIndiana U. Maurer School of Law (Bloomington) has received a pledge of $20-million from Lowell Baier to renovate and expand its facilities. Mr. Baier practiced law in Washington, D.C., before founding Baier Properties, a developer of warehouses, residential properties, and shopping centers, in Bethesda, Md. He earned a law degree from the university in 1964.$20,000,000
2015Rogers Foundation (Beverly Rogers)NevadaMedia and entertainmentU. of Nevada at Las Vegas, Black Mountain InstituteNevadaColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Nevada at Las Vegas Black Mountain Institute has received a pledge of $20-million from the Rogers Foundation (Beverly Rogers). The donation will be used to add graduate-level programs in creative nonfiction and dramatic writing and hire new graduate assistants and faculty. Ms. Rogers is the widow of James Rogers, former chief executive of Sunbelt Communications, a company that owns several television stations. He died in June 2014.$20,000,000
2015Scott MuellerOhioRetailCleveland Museum of ArtOhioArtsGift ChallengeCleveland Museum of Art has received a challenge gift of $20-million from Scott Mueller, founder and chief executive of Dealer Tire, in Cleveland. Mr. Mueller gave $10-million anonymously in September 2014; he has now made the gift public and increased his challenge to $19-million, with another $1-million given to the museum's capital campaign.$20,000,000
2015Ray IraniCaliforniaEngineeringU. of Southern California (Los Angeles)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesGiftU. of Southern California (Los Angeles) has received a gift of $20-million from Ray Irani, professor of chemical engineering at the university, for its capital campaign. The university plans to use the gift to build a residential and retail center on campus.$20,000,000
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
2015Isabel Hamilton BenhamNew YorkFinanceBryn Mawr College (Pa.)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesBequestBryn Mawr College (Pa.) has received a bequest of $15-million from Isabel Hamilton Benham to permanently endow female science students and international-studies faculty. Ms. Benham held a series of high positions in the financial industry. She died in May 2013.$15,000,000
2015James F. and Anne RothenbergCaliforniaFinance, InvestmentsCalifornia Institute of Technology (Pasadena)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesPledgeCalifornia Institute of Technology (Pasadena) has received a pledge of $15-million from James F. and Anne Rothenberg to endow fellowships and research. Mr. Rothenberg is chairman of Capital Group Companies, a Los Angeles-based investment management firm. He is a trustee of the school.$15,000,000
2015Oscar L. TangNew YorkFinance, InvestmentsMetropolitan Museum of Art (New York)New YorkArtsPledgeMetropolitan Museum of Art (New York) has received a pledge of $15-million from Oscar L. Tang to create an endowment for the department of Asian Art to support new staff appointments and programs. Mr. Tang is a co-founder and former president of Reich and Tang, an investment firm in New York. He is trustee emeritus of the museum.$15,000,000
2015AnonymousU. of Southern California (Los Angeles)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesU. of Southern California (Los Angeles) has received $15-million from an anonymous donor to endow one of the residential colleges in the planned USC Village, a residential and retail center.$15,000,000
2015Felda and Dena HardymonMassachusettsFinanceClark Art Institute (Williamstown, Mass.)MassachusettsArtsGiftClark Art Institute (Williamstown, Mass.) has received a gift of $15-million from Felda Hardymon, a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, a venture-capital firm in Cambridge, Mass., and his wife, Dena, who serves on the museum's Board of Trustees. The gift will support the museum's campus expansions and programs.$15,000,000
2015Barbara WaltersNew YorkMedia and entertainmentSarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, N.Y.)New YorkColleges and universitiesGiftSarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, N.Y.) has received a gift of $15-million from Barbara Walters, the broadcast journalist, to build a new student-life center. Ms. Walters graduated from the college in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in English.$15,000,000
2015Paul J. and Jan VarelloTexasConstructionVillanova U. College of Engineering (Pa.)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesPledgeVillanova U. College of Engineering (Pa.) has received a pledge of $13.5-million from Paul J. and Jan Varello for the dean's Strategic Initiatives Fund. Mr. Varello is chief executive of Sterling Construction Company, a heavy civil construction company based in the Woodlands, Tex. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the university in 1965.$13,500,000
2015Coralyn Wright WhitneyEducationSmithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History (Washington)District of ColumbiaMuseums and librariesThe Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (Washington) has received $13-million from Coralyn Wright Whitney, a former research professor at the University of Washington, for its science education center, Q?rius. The donation will be used to offer weekday classes to school groups and to endow daily educational programs and activities for the public. Ms. Whitney is a former donor and a member of the Smithsonian Gemstone Collectors committee.$13,000,000
2015Dick E. MorandMichiganEngineeringPlanned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan (Dryden)MichiganFoundationsBequestPlanned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan (Dryden) has received a bequest of $13-million from Dick E. Morand, which will be distributed to five nonprofits in the Detroit-metro area. Mr. Morand was founder and owner of D.E. Machinery Company and was vice president of Addy-Morand Machinery company. He died in 1977.$13,000,000
2015Helen WallaceCaliforniaHealth careU. of California at BerkeleyCaliforniaColleges and universitiesBequestU. of California at Berkeley has received a bequest of $13-million from Helen Wallace, former professor and chair in the maternal and child health program, to establish the Wallace Maternal and Child Health Center in the School of Public Health. Dr. Wallace died in 2013.$13,000,000
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
2015Albert Lepage Foundation (Albert Lepage)Food and beverageTulane U. Freeman School of Business (New Orleans)LouisianaColleges and universitiesTulane U. Freeman School of Business (New Orleans), has received a $12.5-million donation from the Albert Lepage Foundation to establish a center for entrepreneurship and innovation. Mr. Lepage is former chairman of his family's baking company. He is an alumnus.$12,500,000
2015Mary Griggs BurkeNew YorkFamily wealthMinneapolis Institute of ArtsMinnesotaArtsBequestMinneapolis Institute of Arts has received a bequest of $12.5-million, as well as masterworks of Japanese and Korean art, from the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation (Mary Griggs Burke). The monetary donation will be used to purchase Japanese art and fund exhibits, programs, and fellowships. Ms. Burke was an art collector. Her family had prosperous businesses in railroads, banking, and lumber. She died in December 2012.$12,500,000
2015Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation (Mary Griggs Burke)New YorkFamily wealthMetropolitan Museum of Art (New York)New YorkArtsBequestMetropolitan Museum of Art (New York) has received a bequest of $12.5-million, as well as masterworks of Japanese and Korean art, from the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation (Mary Griggs Burke). The monetary donation will be used to purchase Japanese art and fund exhibits, programs, and fellowships. Ms. Burke was an art collector. Her family had prosperous businesses in railroads, banking, and lumber. She died in December 2012.$12,500,000
2015Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation (Henry W. and Marion Bloch)MissouriFinanceNelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, Mo.)MissouriArtsNelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, Mo.) has received a donation of $11.7-million from the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation to renovate the museum so it can expand its collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. The couple are also giving the museum a collection of paintings they had promised in 2010. Mr. Bloch is co-founder of H&R Block, a tax-services company.$11,700,000
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