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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
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
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
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
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
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
2015Richard CorbettFloridaFinance, Real estateU. of Notre Dame (Ind.)IndianaColleges and universitiesU. of Notre Dame (Ind.) has received a $35-million donation from Richard Corbett of which $25 million will be used to construct a building to house the anthropology and psychology departments as well as a digital media center. The remaining $10 million will endow the football coach position. Mr. Corbett is chief executive of Concorde Companies, a real-estate investment firm in Tampa, Fla. He is an alumnus of the university.$35,000,000
2015AnonymousSan Francisco FoundationCaliforniaCommunity foundationsSan Francisco Foundation has received $34-million from an anonymous donor to be shared among 15 nonprofits providing health care, affordable housing, and other social services in low-income communities in Oakland, Calif.$34,000,000
2015John Luth and Joanne Chouinard-LuthNew YorkTransportationCollege of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Mass.)MassachusettsColleges and universitiesCollege of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Mass.) has received a $32.5-million donation from John Luth and Joanne Chouinard-Luth to create a recreation center and to renovate the college's athletics facilities. Mr. Luth is chairman and chief executive of the Seabury Group, a global aerospace advisory and investment company, and Ms. Chouinard-Luth is a dentist. Mr. Luth earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the college in 1974.$32,500,000
2015Jack C. TaylorMissouriRetailForest Park Forever (St. Louis)MissouriOther groupsForest Park Forever (St. Louis) has received a $30-million donation from Jack Taylor and his family to be placed in its endowment. The endowment supports the park's operations and maintenance. Mr. Taylor is founder of Enterprise Holdings in St. Louis, the parent company of Enterprise Rent-A-Car.$30,000,000
2015AnonymousSeattle U.WashingtonColleges and universitiesPledgeSeattle U. has received a $30-million pledge from an anonymous donor to support the new Center for Science and Innovation. Of the donation, $10 million will be used to create an endowment for student scholarships.$30,000,000
2015Stephenson Family Foundation (Charles Stephenson and Peggy Stephenson and Jim Gallogly and Janet Gallogly)OklahomaEnergy, OilU. of Oklahoma (Norman)OklahomaColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Oklahoma (Norman) has received a pledge of $30-million from Jim and Janet Gallogly and the Stephenson Family Foundation (Charles and Peggy Stephenson) to name the College of Engineering, construct an academic building in the Engineering Quadrangle to house the new School of Biomedical Engineering, establish twelve endowed positions, and endow graduate fellowships. Mr. Gallogly is the retired chief executive of LyondellBasell, a plastics, chemical, and refining company; and Mr. Stephenson is the retired chief executive of Vintage Petroleum, an energy company. Both are alumni of the university.$30,000,000
2015Weslie and William JanewayNew YorkFinanceU. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)Colleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Cambridge (United Kingdom) has received a $27-million pledge from Weslie and William Janeway to establish a professorship in financial economics at the university's Pembroke College as well as a fellowship. The gift will also establish the Janeway Economics Fund to support economics research, and provide support for postdoctoral fellows, doctoral and research students, and other programs. Mr. Janeway is a managing director at the American private-equity firm Warburg Pincus. He is an alumnus of the university. Ms. Janeway is a geneticist and president of the Pyewacket Foundation.$27,000,000
2015Golisano Foundation (B. Thomas Golisano)New YorkInvestmentsSpecial Olympics (Washington)District of ColumbiaSports and recreationPledgeSpecial Olympics (Washington) has received a pledge of $25 million from the Golisano Foundation (Thomas Golisano) to expand health services globally for people with intellectual disabilities. Mr. Golisano is founder and chairman of the payroll-services company, Paychex. He pledged $12 million to the organization in 2012.$25,000,000
2015Paolo and Marlene Fresco Foundation (Paolo and Marlene Fresco)Transportation, EngineeringNew York U. Langone Medical CenterNew YorkColleges and universitiesNew York U. Langone Medical Center has received $25 million from the Paolo and Marlene Fresco Foundation to create the Institute for Parkinson's and Movement Disorders, which will be named for the couple. Mr. Fresco is a former chairman of Fiat and serves on the center's Board of Trustees.$25,000,000
2015Lyda HillTexasFamily wealth, InvestmentsU. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas)TexasColleges and universitiesU. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas) has received a $25-million donation from Lyda Hill, businesswoman and granddaughter of oilman H.L. Hunt, to establish the department of bioinformatics. The money will go towards managing and analyzing large data sets related to scientific and medical challenges and will help pay for computing infrastructure, professorships, and training programs.$25,000,000
2015Rick and Tina CarusoCaliforniaReal estateU. of Southern California (Los Angeles)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesU. of Southern California (Los Angeles) has received a $25-million donation from Rick and Tina Caruso to endow the department of otolaryngology -- head and neck surgery and to endow the department's treatment center for children with hearing loss. Mr. Caruso is founder and chief executive of Caruso Affiliated, a real-estate company. He serves on the university's Board of Trustees and is an alumnus.$25,000,000
2015Jeff and Karen MillerCaliforniaFinanceSanta Clara U. (Calif.)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesPledgeSanta Clara U. (Calif.) has received $25-million pledge from Jeff and Karen Miller to support the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, which has been renamed the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship in honor of the donors. The donation will also help launch a fundraising campaign for a STEM facility that will house the center. Mr. Miller is president of JAMM Ventures, a business consulting company based in Diablo, Calif. He is a trustee of the university and has chaired the center's advisory board. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer science and an MBA from the university in 1973 and 1976, respectively.$25,000,000
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
2015Albert Higley Jr. and Beverly HigleyOhioConstructionCleveland FoundationOhioFoundationsBequestCleveland Foundation has received a bequest of $23-million from Albert Higley Jr. and his wife, Beverly, that will be added to the Higley Fund, which the couple established in 1994. Mr. Higley was chairman of his family's construction business. He died in 2012 and Ms. Higley died in 2014.$23,000,000
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
2015James R. and Susan Shallcross SwartzUtahInvestments, TechnologyCarnegie Mellon U. (Pittsburgh)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesCarnegie Mellon U. (Pittsburgh) has received a $21-million donation from James and Susan Swartz to establish the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship. Of the donation, $13 million will endow scholarships and fellowships for students, a professorship, an executive director post, and other positions within the new center. The remaining $8 million will support other programs across the university. The couple donated $10 million to the university in 2014. Mr. Swartz is founding partner of Accel Partners, a venture-capital firm in Palo Alto, Calif. He is an alumnus of the university.$21,000,000