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Big Charitable Gifts: Where Donors Have Given $1 Million or More

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2015John SantikosTexasReal estateSan Antonio Area FoundationTexasCommunity foundationsBequestSan Antonio Area Foundation has received a bequest of $605 million from John Santikos to establish the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation. Mr. Santikos, who died in December 2014, stipulated that he wanted the money to support people in need; youth and education; public libraries, parks, and museums; arts and culture; and healthcare and medical research primarily in the San Antonio area. He was founder of Santikos Theaters, a cinema chain, and owned a commercial real-estate business.$605,000,000
2015John A. PaulsonNew YorkFinanceHarvard U. (Cambridge, Mass.)MassachusettsColleges and universitiesUnrestrictedHarvard U. (Cambridge, Mass.) has received an unrestricted $400-million donation from John Paulson, president and portfolio manager of the hedge fund Paulson & Company, to endow its School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, which will be named after Mr. Paulson. The donation will also support research, financial aid, and faculty-development programs. Mr. Paulson is an alumnus of the university.$400,000,000
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
2015David H. KochNew YorkOilMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York)New YorkHealthPledgeMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York) has received a pledge of $150-million from David H. Koch for a new outpatient cancer-care building, which will be named for him. Mr. Koch is executive vice president at Koch Industries, a multinational group of energy, chemicals, investment, and other types of companies, in Wichita, Kan.$150,000,000
2015Stephen A. SchwarzmanNew YorkInvestmentsYale U. (New Haven, Conn.)ConnecticutColleges and universitiesYale U. (New Haven, Conn.) has received a $150-million donation from Stephen Schwarzman to renovate the historic Commons and Memorial Hall to create a high-tech student life and cultural center. Mr. Schwarzman is co-founder and chief executive of the Blackstone Group, an investment company in New York. He is an alumnus of the university.$150,000,000
2015Donald SirkinWashingtonConstructionLighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (San Francisco)CaliforniaHuman and social servicesBequestLighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (San Francisco) has received a bequest of $125 million from Donald Sirkin, founder of several businesses including a trade newspaper for construction contractors called Construction Weekly and Contractors Bonding and Insurance Company. Mr. Sirkin died in 2014.$125,000,000
2015David GeffenCaliforniaEntertainmentU. of California at Los AngelesCaliforniaColleges and universitiesU. of California at Los Angeles has received $100 million from producer and film-studio executive David Geffen for a new academy that will provide college-prepatory education for Los Angeles-area students in grades 6 through 12. The money will support financial aid for low- and middle-income families and establish a $30-million endowment. The new school will be named the Geffen Academy at UCLA. Mr. Geffen is co-founder of DreamWorks Animation SKG. His late brother, Mitchell Geffen, a lawyer who died in 2006, graduated from the UCLA School of Law.$100,000,000
2015Jay Robert and Mary Kathryn PritzkerIllinoisFamily wealth, FinanceNorthwestern U. (Evanston, Ill.)IllinoisColleges and universitiesNorthwestern U. (Evanston, Ill.) has received $100 million from Jay Robert Pritzker and his wife, Mary Kathryn, to endow the School of Law and to support a number of social justice-related centers there and various programs. The law school will be renamed for the Pritzker family. The donation will also endow the law school's Entrepreneurship Law Center, which will be renamed for Mr. Pritzker's father, Donald, a founder of the Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and will support a Master of Science in Law program for professionals working in scientific, engineering, and medical fields. Mr. Pritzker is co-founder and managing partner at Pritzker Group, a venture-capital firm focused primarily on industrial and technology companies. He earned a J.D. degree from Northwestern's law school in 1993.$100,000,000
2015Ranjan and Chandrika TandonNew YorkEngineeringNew York U.New YorkColleges and universitiesNew York U. has received a $100-million donation from Ranjan and Chandrika Tandon to hire more faculty and to support academic programs in the School of Engineering. The school will be named for the couple. Mr. Tandon is an engineer and founder and chair of Libra Advisors, a hedge fund. Ms. Tandon is a former McKinsey & Company partner. She founded Tandon Capital Associates, a financial advisory firm, and is a Grammy-nominated musician. She serves on the university's Board of Trustees.$100,000,000
2015Pearson Family Members Foundation (Thomas and Timonthy Pearson)InvestmentsU. of ChicagoIllinoisColleges and universitiesU. of Chicago has received a $100-million donation from the Pearson Family Members Foundation (twin brothers Thomas and Timonthy Pearson) to create the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, a research institute at the University of Chicago, and the Pearson Global Forum, an annual event that will bring together international policy leaders and scholars from different fields. A portion of the donation will also establish four professorships in conflict studies and create a fellowship program for graduate students. Thomas and Timothy Pearson are investors.$100,000,000
2015Gordon and Betty MooreCaliforniaTechnologyCalifornia Institute of Technology (Pasadena)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesPledge UnrestrictedCalifornia Institute of Technology (Pasadena) has received an unrestricted pledge of $100 million from Gordon and Betty Moore. The donation go towards fellowships for graduate students. Mr. Moore is co-founder and chairman emeritus of Intel Corporation, a technology company in Santa Clara, Calif. He earn his doctorate from the university 1954.$100,000,000
2015Conrad T. PrebysCaliforniaConstructionSanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (La Jolla, Calif.)CaliforniaHealthSanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (La Jolla, Calif.) has received $100 million from Conrad T. Prebys, president and owner of Progress Construction and Management, for research programs aimed at spurring the development of new drugs and other medical therapies.$100,000,000
2015Henry R. and Marie-Josée KravisNew YorkFinanceRockefeller U. (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesRockefeller U. (New York) has received a $100-million donation from Henry R. and Marie-Josée Kravis for a new laboratory building. Mr. Kravis is a founding partner of the private-equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company and vice chair of the university's Board of Trustees.$100,000,000
2015Marion AndersonCaliforniaU. of California at Los Angeles, Anderson School of ManagementCaliforniaColleges and universitiesU. of California at Los Angeles Anderson School of Management has received a $100-million donation from Marion Anderson, widow of John Anderson, for whom the school is named. Of the donation, $60 million will endow financial aid and fellowships for students, research, and other programs; and $40 million will pay for a new building that will house research centers and faculty. Mr. Anderson founded Topa Equities, a holding company. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the university in 1940 and died in 2011.$100,000,000
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
2015Thompson Family Foundation (Wade F.B. Thompson)OhioManufacturingPark Avenue Armory (New York)New YorkHistoric preservationBequestPark Avenue Armory (New York) has received a bequest of $65 million from the Thompson Family Foundation (Wade F.B. Thompson) to create an endowment for its arts and educational programs. The late Mr. Thompson was chairman of Thor Industries, a recreational-vehicle manufacturer in Jackson Center, Ohio. He died in November 2009.$65,000,000
2015Zell Family Foundation (Sam and Helen Zell)IllinoisFinance, Hotels, Media and entertainment, Real estateU. of Michigan at Ann ArborMichiganColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Michigan at Ann Arbor has received a pledge of $60 million from the Zell Family Foundation (Sam and Helen Zell) for the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. The money will go to the institute's endowment, which develops entrepreneurship programs for students and alumni. Mr. Zell is co-founder and chairman of Equity Group Investments, an investment firm in Chicago. The couple are alumni of the university.$60,000,000
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
2015Myrtle WoldsonWashingtonGonzaga University (Spokane, Wash.)WashingtonColleges and universitiesBequestGonzaga University (Spokane, Wash.) has received a bequest of $55 million from Myrtle Woldson, a businesswoman. Of the donation, $30 million will go towards building a new performing-arts center and $25 million be used to endow scholarships. A portion of the gift includes several parcels of valuable waterfront properties in Seattle. Ms. Woldson died in April 2014. She had been involved with the university for decades as both a donor and a booster, attending sports and other campus events.$55,000,000
2015Miller familyFloridaConstructionU. of Miami (Coral Gables, Fla.)FloridaColleges and universitiesU. of Miami (Coral Gables, Fla.) has received a $55-million donation from the Miller family of which $50 million will go towards constructing a new medical education building and $5 million will support the Frost School of Music. Stuart Miller is the chief executive of Lennar, a Miami-based homebuilding company.$55,000,000
2015Ray DolbyCaliforniaTechnologyU. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)Colleges and universitiesBequestU. of Cambridge (United Kingdom) $52.6-million bequest from Ray Dolby to support Pembroke College. Mr. Dolby founded Dolby Laboratories, a San Francisco developer of audio equipment. He died in 2013.$52,600,000
2015Stephen Robert and Thomas Tisch and Alice TischDistrict of ColumbiaEducation, FinanceBrown U., Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs (Providence, R.I.)Rhode IslandColleges and universitiesBrown U., Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs (Providence, R.I.) has received a joint gift of $50 million from Stephen Robert, Thomas and Alice Tisch, and the Thomas J. and Olive C. Watson Jr. Foundation. The donation will be used to construct a new building, expand the program and hire additional faculty, and support existing research and teaching programs. Mr. Robert, an alumnus and chancellor emeritus of the university, is former chairman and chief executive of Oppenheimer & Company, an investment firm. Mr. Tisch, who is also an alumnus, is the current chancellor of the university. The institute was established in the early 1980s with a gift from the Watson family.$50,000,000
2015AnonymousWellesley College (Mass.)MassachusettsColleges and universitiesWellesley College (Mass.) has received $50 million from two anonymous donors to establish a new career program for women called the College to Career Initiative. The money will go toward constructing a new space for the college's career services, hiring a new director and other staff, and broadening students' exposure to possible career paths. The donors are alumni of the university.$50,000,000
2015AnonymousCollege of William & Mary (Williamsburg, Va.)VirginiaColleges and universitiesCollege of William & Mary (Williamsburg, Va.) has received $50 million from an anonymous couple for the business and law schools. The schools will each receive $22 million for scholarships, teaching awards, and a conference. The remainder of the donation will be used to provide athletic facility improvements.$50,000,000
2015Peter J. CooperCaliforniaFinance, Real estateGeorgetown U. (Washington)District of ColumbiaColleges and universitiesGeorgetown U. (Washington) has received $50 million from Peter Cooper, founder of Cooper and Company, a real-estate and private-equity investment firm, and his wife, Susan, to establish an academically based program that develops leadership skills for students involved in the university's Division I sports. The program will be named for the donors. A portion of the gift will also help complete work on a sports field. All of the Coopers' five children are Georgetown alumni.$50,000,000
2015Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Family Foundation (Herbert and Nicole Wertheim)FloridaHealth products, Invention, ManufacturingU. of Florida (Gainesville)FloridaColleges and universitiesU. of Florida (Gainesville) has received a $50-million donation from the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Family Foundation to expand the College of Engineering. Mr. Wertheim founded Brain Power, a manufacturer of eye-care instruments.$50,000,000
2015Nancy and Ab NicholasWisconsinFinanceU. of Wisconsin Foundation (Madison)WisconsinColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Wisconsin Foundation (Madison) has received a pledge of $50 million from Nancy and Ab Nicholas for undergraduate and athletic scholarships and graduate fellowships for University of Wisconsin at Madison students. Mr. Nicholas founded Nicholas Company, an investment-management firm in Milwaukee. The couple are alumni of the university.$50,000,000
2015Peter and Nancy MeinigOklahomaFinance, InvestmentsCornell U. (Ithaca, N.Y.)New YorkColleges and universitiesCornell U. (Ithaca, N.Y.) has received $50 million from Peter and Nancy Meinig to endow the School of Biomedical Engineering. Mr. Meinig is chief executive officer of HM International, a holding company in Tulsa, Okla., and former chairman of the university's Board of Trustees. The couple are alumni of the university.$50,000,000
2015Andrew J. ViterbiCaliforniaTechnologyAmerica Technion Society (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesAmerica Technion Society (New York) has received a $50-million donation from Andrew Viterbi, co-founder of Qualcomm Corporation, for a professorship in electrical and computer engineering at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The donation will also go toward increasing the faculty and attracting more electrical engineering graduate students and pay for upgrades to the university's teaching and research facilities.$50,000,000
2015AnonymousU. of California at San FranciscoCaliforniaColleges and universitiesU. of California at San Francisco has received a $50-million donation from an anonymous donor for a new mental-health center at its Mission Bay campus.$50,000,000
2015Dwight C. and Martha ScharFloridaConstruction, FinanceInova Health System (Falls Church, Va.)VirginiaHealthInova Health System (Falls Church, Va.) has received a $50-million donation from Dwight C. and Martha Schar for a new cancer center, which will be named for the donors. Mr. Schar is chairman and chief executive officer of NVR, a homebuilding company in Reston, Va.$50,000,000
2015Benificus Foundation (John and Ann Doerr)CaliforniaInvestmentsRice U. (Houston)TexasColleges and universitiesRice U. (Houston) has received a $50-million donation from the Benificus Foundation (John and Ann Doerr) to establish a leadership institute. Mr. Doerr, a venture capitalist, and his wife both earned bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the university. In 2009, they donated $15 million to establish the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership.$50,000,000
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
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
2015David and Dana DornsifeCaliforniaManufacturingDrexel U. (Philadelphia)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesDrexel U. (Philadelphia) has received $45 million from David and Dana Dornsife to the School of Public Health to establish an urban-health program, endow professorships and scholarships, expand the global public-health program, and support other public-health projects. The school will be named for the couple. Mr. Dornsife is chairman of the Herrick Corporation, a steel fabrication company in Stockton, Calif., and Ms. Dornsife co-founded Axiom Design, an architectural electronic and lighting-design firm, and founded Adorn, a lighting and interior-design company. She received a bachelor's degree in business from the university in 1983.$45,000,000
2015Ilitch familyMichiganFood and beverage, Professional SportsWayne State U. (Detroit)MichiganColleges and universitiesWayne State U. (Detroit) has received $40 million in property and cash from the Ilitch family for a new building for its business school. Of the total, $35 million will support construction costs and $5 million will go toward endowment. The business school is being renamed the Mike Ilitch School of Business. Mr. Ilitch, a former minor-league baseball player in the 1950s, and his wife, Marian, started the Little Caesars Pizza chain in 1959. Mr. Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers baseball team and Red Wings, a professional hockey team.$40,000,000
2015David and Dana DornsifeCaliforniaManufacturingWorld Vision (Federal Way, Wash.)WashingtonConservation and the environmentPledgeWorld Vision (Federal Way, Wash.) has received a pledge of $40 million from David and Dana Dornsife to support its water, sanitation, and hygiene programs in Africa. The donation will be paid out over five years. The couple gave $35 million to World Vision in 2010 and has been involved with the charity since 1981. Mr. Dornsife is chairman of the Herrick Corporation, a steel fabrication company in Stockton, Calif.$40,000,000
2015Stephen A. and Christine Hearst SchwarzmanNew YorkInvestmentsInner-City Scholarship Fund (New York)New YorkReligious groupsInner-City Scholarship Fund has received a donation of $40 million from Stephen A. and Christine Schwarzman for its endowment campaign. Mr. Schwarzman is co-founder and chairman of the Blackstone Group, an investment company in New York. Ms. Schwarzman is a trustee of the fund and a former lawyer. The couple previously donated $8 million to the fund.$40,000,000
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