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

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2016Philip H. KnightOregonManufacturingStanford U. (Calif.)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesStanford U. has received $400 million from Philip Knight, co-founder and the chairman of Nike, to establish the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, a graduate program that aims to prepare the next generation of global leaders. Mr. Knight received a master's in business administration from Stanford in 1962. In 2006, he donated $105 million to the university to build a new campus for its graduate business school and to support faculty endowment.$400,000,000
2016Steven A. CohenConnecticutFinanceCohen Veterans Network (Stamford, Conn.)ConnecticutSocial servicesPledgeCohen Veterans Network (Stamford, Conn.) has received a pledge of $275 million from Steven Cohen to start a new veterans charity that will offer free care to former service members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental-health issues. Mr. Cohen founded SAC Capital Advisors, a hedge fund that now goes by the name Point72 Asset Management. He is the father of a Marine who served in Afghanistan.$275,000,000
2016Charles T. MungerCaliforniaInvestmentsU. of California at Santa BarbaraCaliforniaColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of California at Santa Barbara has received a pledge of $200 million from Charles Munger, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, for new student housing for undergraduates. In 2014, Mr. Munger gave the Santa Barbara campus more than $65 million to build a residence hall for visiting physicists. His grandson Charles Munger III earned bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science the university.$200,000,000
2016Paul G. AllenWashingtonTechnologyPaul G. Allen Frontiers Group (Seattle)WashingtonSciencePledgePaul G. Allen Frontiers Group (Seattle) has received a pledge of $100 million from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to create a new organization to support work in bioscience deemed too new or untested to attract grant money from the National Institutes of Health and other government agencies. The Frontier Group's first two grants of $30 million apiece are going to Stanford and Tufts universities to establish new research centers. Individual scientists will receive about $1 million each to support their research in areas such as antibiotic resistance, the development of brain circuitry, gene editing, and tissue regeneration.$100,000,000
2016Patricia and Phillip FrostFloridaU. of Miami (Coral Gables, Fla.)FloridaColleges and universitiesU. of Miami (Coral Gables, Fla.) has received $100 million from Phillip and Patricia Frost to support applied sciences and engineering. Mr. Frost is a physician who has led a number of pharmaceutical companies. He was chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center of Greater Miami from 1972 to 1990. The Frosts gave the university $33 million in 2003 for the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music.$100,000,000
2016Simons Foundation (Russell L. Carson and James Simons)New YorkFinance, InvestmentsNew York Genome CenterNew YorkOther groupsPledgeThe New York Genome Center has received pledges of $80 million from the Simons Foundation (James Simons) and $20 million the Carson Family Charitable Trust (Russell Carson). The grants are intended to help the nonprofit raise money from other donors. The donors have promised to match gifts up to a total of $100 million from others over the next three years. Mr. Simons is a hedge-fund manager and a mathematician, and Mr. Carson co-founded the private-equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe. The two men serve on the center's Board of Directors and in 2011 helped start the center.$100,000,000
2016Jim Moran Foundation (Jim Moran)IndustryFlorida State U. (Tallahassee)FloridaColleges and universitiesBequestFlorida State U. (Tallahassee) has received a $100-million donation from the Jim Moran Foundation to establish a school focusing on entrepreneurship. It will be named for Mr. Moran, a nationally known car dealer who died in 2007. The donation includes a $20-million bequest and $80 million to be paid out over 20 years.$100,000,000
2016Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation (Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen)ConnecticutFinanceNew York-Presbyterian HospitalNew YorkHealthNew York-Presbyterian Hospital has received $75 million from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation for a new hospital for prenatal and postnatal care. The hospital will be named for the couple. Mr. Cohen founded the hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors.$75,000,000
2016Mickey Sands and Rob Sands and Richard SandsFood and beverageRochester Area Community Foundation (N.Y.)New YorkCommunity foundationsThe Rochester Area Community Foundation (N.Y.) has received $61 million from Mickey Sands and her sons Rob and Richard to establish the Sands Family Supporting Foundation, which will support local arts, education, health, and other groups. Ms. Sands's late husband, Marvin, founded Constellation Brands, a wine, beer, and spirits company, in 1945. Rob Sands is chief executive of the company and Richard Sands is chairman of its board.$61,000,000
2016Sidney KimmelFloridaFinanceJohns Hopkins U. (Baltimore)MarylandColleges and universitiesJohns Hopkins U. (Baltimore) has received $50 million from Sidney Kimmel, founder of the Jones Apparel Group, to create the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. Researchers at the new center will focus on new and promising cancer therapies based on harnessing patients' immune systems to fight the disease. Mr. Kimmel's previous donations to the university include $150 million in 2001 to build the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.$50,000,000
2016Michael R. BloombergNew YorkMedia and entertainmentJohns Hopkins U. (Baltimore)MarylandColleges and universitiesJohns Hopkins U. (Baltimore) has received $50 million from Michael Bloomberg, founder of media company Bloomberg LP and former mayor of New York City, to create the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. Researchers at the new center will focus on new and promising cancer therapies based on harnessing patients' immune systems to fight the disease. Mr. Bloomberg has given more than $1 billion to Johns Hopkins since he graduated from the university in 1964.$50,000,000
2016Harriet Heyman and Michael MoritzCaliforniaU. of ChicagoIllinoisColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of Chicago has received a pledge of $50 million from Harriet Heyman and her husband, Michael Moritz, for the Odyssey Scholarship Challenge, which supports undergraduate students with great economic need. The donation, which will be paid over five years, will also expand the Collegiate Scholars Program, which encourages high-achieving students from low-income families to apply to and succeed in college. Ms. Heyman earned a master's degree from the university. She is a former editor at The New York Times and has written for several publications. Mr. Moritz is chairman of Sequoia, a venture-capital firm.$50,000,000
2016Fund II Foundation (Robert F. Smith)FinanceCornell U. (Ithaca, N.Y.)New YorkColleges and universitiesPledgeCornell U. (Ithaca, N.Y.) has received a pledge of $50 million from Fund II Foundation (Robert Smith) to endow the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, support African-American and female students studying engineering, and pay for a fellowship at Cornell Tech, the university's New York City campus. Mr. Smith, a Cornell alumnus, founded Vista Equity Partners, a private-equity firm focused on investments in enterprise software and technology businesses.$50,000,000
2016AnonymousYale U. (New Haven, Conn.)ConnecticutColleges and universitiesYale U. (New Haven, Conn.) has received $50 million from an anonymous donor to renovate the Hall of Graduate Studies to make it a humanities hub. The donation will also establish a permanent endowment for humanities programs and events.$50,000,000
2016Gross Family Foundation (William H. and Sue Gross)CaliforniaFinance, InvestmentsU. of California at IrvineCaliforniaColleges and universitiesU. of California at Irvine has received $40 million from the William and Sue Gross Family Foundation to establish a nursing school and help build a new building to house it. Mr. Gross is the co-founder of Pacific Investment Management Company, a bond-management firm in Newport Beach, Calif.$40,000,000
2016Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund (Kenneth C. Griffin)IllinoisFinanceMuseum of Modern Art (New York)New YorkArtsMuseum of Modern Art (New York) has received an unrestricted donation of $40 million from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund. Museum officials plan to name the institution's iconic building the Kenneth C. Griffin Building. Mr. Griffin is founder of Citadel Investment Group.$40,000,000
2016Ernest TschannenReal estate, EngineeringU. of California at Davis Eye CenterCaliforniaColleges and universitiesPledgeU. of California at Davis Eye Center has received a $37-million pledge from Ernest Tschannen to support glaucoma research, eye care, and doctor training at the university's Center for Vision Science. Mr. Tschannen started his career as an engineer and became a real-estate investor. After being diagnosed with glaucoma, he went to the UC Davis Eye Center where he underwent successful eye surgery. He previously gave the center $1.5 million.$37,000,000
2016Joe and Rika MansuetoIllinoisFinanceU. of ChicagoIllinoisColleges and universitiesU. of Chicago has received $35 million from Joe and Rika Mansueto to create the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation. Mr. Mansueto founded the investment-research firm Morningstar. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the university in 1978 and an M.B.A. from its Booth School of Business in 1980. Ms. Mansueto earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the university in 1991. In 2008, the couple donated $25 million to build the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library.$35,000,000
2016Dorothy Braude EdinburgMassachusettsRetailArt Institute of ChicagoIllinoisArtsBequestArt Institute of Chicago has received a bequest of more than $35 million from Dorothy Braude Edinburg to back acquisitions of new works of prints and drawings from the Renaissance to 1960 and Asian ceramics. She died in 2015 at age 94. She was the widow of the late Joseph Edinburg, who led Chandler and Farquhar hardware suppliers in Boston.$35,000,000
2016Howard and Rose-Marie MeyersManufacturingNew York U., College of NursingNew YorkColleges and universitiesNew York U. College of Nursing has received $30 million from Howard and Rose-Marie Meyers. Of the total, $22.5 million will endow scholarships for low-income, first-generation college students, and the rest will support academic programs and faculty. The university is renaming the nursing school the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing in honor of Ms. Meyers, who is a nurse. Like many of the students the gift will help, she was the first in her immediate family to go to college. Mr. Meyers, the chairman and chief executive of the metals company Quexco, graduated in 1964 from NYU's Stern School of Business. He serves on the university's Board of Trustees and on the Stern School's Board of Overseers.$30,000,000
2016Edward P. Roski Jr. and Gayle Garner RoskiCaliforniaReal estateU. of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine (Los Angeles)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesU. of Southern California (Los Angeles) has received $25 million from Edward Roski Jr., chairman and chief executive of Majestic Realty, and his wife, Gayle, to endow and name the Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute. Ms. Roski received cataract treatment at the institute that improved her ability to see. The couple are alumni of the university and Mr. Roski is a trustee.$25,000,000
2016Ross and Billie McKnightTexasAgriculture, Finance, OilOklahoma State U. (Stillwater)OklahomaColleges and universitiesOklahoma State U. (Stillwater) has received $25 million from Ross and Billie McKnight to establish an endowment for programming at the university's planned performing arts center. The new building will be named for the couple. The McKnights made their fortune in banking, ranching, and oil, and both graduated from the university. Mr. McKnight earned a bachelor's degree in animal science in 1971 and Ms. McKnight earned a bachelor's degree in general business in 1973.$25,000,000
2016Mordecai and Monique KatzEngineeringYeshiva U. (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesYeshiva U. (New York) has received $25 million from Mordecai and Monique Katz to establish the Mordecai D. and Monique C. Katz School of Graduate and Professional Studies. The school will offer degrees in several fields and its programs will include traditional and online courses, with a focus on helping students build professional networks and a portfolio of work. Mordecai Katz is a former aerospace executive and the current vice chairman of the Yeshiva University Board of Trustees. Monique Katz is a retired radiologist and a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, which was formerly affiliated with Yeshiva. She serves as vice chairman of the Board of Overseers at the university's Stern College for Women.$25,000,000
2016Tow Foundation (Leonard Tow and Emily Tow Jackson)TelecommunicationsBarnard College (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesBarnard College (New York) has received $25 million from the Tow Foundation (Leonard Tow and his daughter Emily Tow Jackson) that will go toward building a new teaching and learning center and related programs. Ms. Tow Jackson is an alumna and a trustee of the college. Her father founded Century Communications Corporation, a cable-television and cellular company he later sold.$25,000,000
2016Philip and Cheryl MilsteinNew YorkReal estateBarnard College (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesBarnard College (New York) has received $25 million from Philip and Cheryl Milstein that will go toward building a new teaching and learning center and related programs. Ms. Milstein is an alumna of the college and is vice chair of its board. Mr. Milstein owns Ogden CAP Properties, a New York real-estate company.$25,000,000
2016Jonathan NelsonRhode IslandFinanceBrown U. (Providence, R.I.)Rhode IslandColleges and universitiesBrown U. (Providence, R.I.) has received $25 million from alumnus Jonathan Nelson, founder and chief executive of Providence Equity Partners, to create the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship.$25,000,000
2016Charles WidgerPennsylvaniaInvestmentsVillanova U. School of Law (Pa.)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesVillanova U. School of Law (Pa.) has received $25 million from alumnus Charles Widger to bolster its endowment and support academic innovation. Mr. Widger is founder and executive chairman of Brinker Capital, an investment management firm in Berwyn, Pa.$25,000,000
2016Jack and Vickie FarberThomas Jefferson U. (Philadelphia)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesThomas Jefferson U. (Philadelphia) has received $20 million from Jack and Vickie Farber to expand a center for neurological research. The donation will be used to hire new clinical leaders and add laboratories devoted to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, and stroke-related research. The institute opened in 2002 with a $10 million lead gift from the couple. Mr. and Ms. Farber both serve in board roles at the university.$20,000,000
2016AnonymousColorado State U. (Fort Collins)ColoradoColleges and universitiesColorado State U. (Fort Collins) has received $20 million from an anonymous donor to build a regenerative medicine research facility.$20,000,000
2016Joshua and Amy BogerMassachusettsPharmaceuticalsWesleyan U. (Middletown, Conn.)ConnecticutColleges and universitiesWesleyan U. (Middletown, Conn.) has received $20 million from Joshua and Amy Boger to support scholarships, a professorship, and research. Mr. Boger graduated from Wesleyan in 1973. He founded Vertex Pharmaceuticals in 1989 and retired in 2009. He is executive chairman of Alkeus Pharmaceuticals.$20,000,000
2016P. Roy and Diana T. VagelosNew JerseyPharmaceuticalsBarnard College (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesBarnard College (New York) has received $20 million from Roy and Diana Vagelos that will go toward building a new teaching and learning center and related programs. Ms. Vagelos is an alumna of the college and serves on its executive committee. Mr. Vagelos is the retired chairman of Merck & Company, a pharmaceutical company.$20,000,000
2016Bob and Doris MalesardiFloridaFinance, Real estateBucknell U. (Lewisburg, Pa.)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesPledgeBucknell U. (Lewisburg, Pa.) has received a pledge of $20 million from alumnus Bob Malesardi and his wife, Doris, to support financial aid. Mr. Malesardi co-owned the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, Fla. He is retired.$20,000,000
2016Lupe Diaz CompeanCaliforniaReal estateSan Jose State U. (Calif.)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesSan Jose State U. (Calif.) has received $15 million from Lupe Diaz Compean for student programs, scholarships, and programs that encourage student success. Ms. Compean's late husband, Ramiro Compean, worked in construction with George Day Construction. The couple own several properties, which Ms. Compean still manages. Mr. Compean died in August 2002.$15,000,000
2016Harlan HelveyInvestments, Real estateU. of Southern California (Los Angeles)CaliforniaColleges and universitiesU. of Southern California (Los Angeles) has received $15 million from Harlan Helvey, a certified public accountant and a real-estate investor, to renovate the Leventhal School of Accounting building, which was built in 1926. Mr. Helvey earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the university in 1964 and an MBA in 1971. $15,000,000
2016Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. QuerreyFloridaFinance, InsuranceArtis-Naples (Fla.)FloridaArtsArtis-Naples (Fla.) has received $15 million from Louis Simpson and his wife, Kimberly Querrey, for its capital campaign. Ms. Querrey is a member of the nonprofit's board. Mr. Simpson is chairman and president of the investment firm SQ Advisors.$15,000,000
2016Robert A. and Renee E. BelferNew YorkEnergy, OilHarvard U. (Cambridge, Mass.)MassachusettsColleges and universitiesHarvard U. (Cambridge, Mass.) has received $15 million from Robert and Renee Belfer and their son Laurence to advance the work of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Belfer is founder of Belco Oil and Gas Corporation, which became Enron.$15,000,000
2016Becky BenaroyaReal estateTacoma Art Museum (Wash.)WashingtonArtsTacoma Art Museum (Wash.) has received $14 million and a collection of 225 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, and studio art glass from Becky Benaroya. The cash portion of the donation will endow the collection and a curator position and pay for a new gallery to show the collection. Ms. Benaroya's late husband, Jack, was a Seattle commercial real-estate developer. He died in 2012.$14,000,000
2016David Dobrow Trust (David Dobrow)CaliforniaHealth careU. of California at Los AngelesCaliforniaColleges and universitiesBequestU. of California at Los Angeles has received a $11.7-million bequest from the David Dobrow Trust to establish an endowment in the Herb Alpert School of Music to support classical music performances. Mr. Dobrow earned a medical degree from the university. He was an orthopedic surgeon. He died in 2013.$11,700,000
2016Lester and Sue Smith Foundation (Lester and Sue Smith)TexasEnergy, OilBaylor College of Medicine (Houston)TexasColleges and universitiesBaylor College of Medicine (Houston) has received $10.2 million from the Lester and Sue Smith Foundation to support treatment and research efforts at the Baylor Lung Institute. Mr. Smith is founder and president of Smith Energy Company.$10,200,000
2016Jerome ChazenNew YorkFinance, RetailColumbia Business School (New York)New YorkColleges and universitiesColumbia Business School (New York) has received $10 million from Jerome Chazen for the Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business. The donation will support existing programs and create new ones, including a research fellowship and a visiting faculty program. The institute has been renamed for Mr. Chazen. Mr. Chazen is founder and chairman of Chazen Capital Partners and chairman emeritus and co-founder of Liz Claiborne.$10,000,000
2016Elizabeth Grass Weese and Roger GrassFamily wealthJohns Hopkins U. (Baltimore)MarylandColleges and universitiesJohns Hopkins U. (Baltimore) has received $10 million from siblings Elizabeth Grass Weese and Roger Grass through the Alexander Grass Foundation to establish the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute. The institute is named for the donors' late father, Alexander Grass, founder of Rite Aid Corporation, a drugstore chain. Ms. Weese's daughter is a junior Writing Seminars major at the university and her son is a doctoral student in computer science there.$10,000,000
2016Philip H. and Penelope KnightOregonManufacturingFanconi Anemia Research Fund (Eugene, Ore.)OregonMedical researchPledgeFanconi Anemia Research Fund (Eugene, Ore.) has received a $10-million pledge from Nike co-founder Philip Knight and his wife, Penelope, to support the David B. Frohnmayer Scientific Research Fund, a dedicated fund within the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund. The money will go toward accelerating the pace of clinical trials, drug testing, gene therapies, and other treatments for children and adults with Fanconi anemia, a rare genetic disease.$10,000,000
2016Eric GleacherFinanceU. of Chicago Booth School of BusinessColleges and universitiesU. of Chicago Booth School of Business has received a $10-million donation from Eric Gleacher to endow a scholarship program for veterans. Mr. Gleacher is founder and retired chief executive of Gleacher and Company, an investment bank, which he sold in 2009.$10,000,000
2016Mary (Mickey) WelchOilWest Virginia U. (Morgantown)West VirginiaColleges and universitiesPledgeWest Virginia U. (Morgantown) has received a pledge of $10 million from Mary (Mickey) Welch to create two endowed scholarship programs for future students from Wood County, W.Va. The gift includes $9.5 million to establish the Mary "Mickey" Welch Scholars Program. The remaining $500,000 will create the Mary "Mickey" Welch Wood County 4-H Scholarship Fund. The scholars program will provide four years of support for students living in Wood County. Ms. Welch and her family were involved in the oil and gas industry.$10,000,000
2016Mary Bucksbaum and Patrick ScanlanU. of Iowa Foundation (Iowa City)IowaColleges and universitiesU. of Iowa Foundation (Iowa City) has received $10 million from Mary Bucksbaum Scanlan and Patrick Scanlan to establish the Martin and Melva Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, an early entrance academy for high-ability 10th graders. The academy is named for Ms. Scanlan's parents.$10,000,000
2016Daniel W. Dietrich IIPennsylvaniaFamily wealthPhiladelphia Museum of ArtPennsylvaniaArtsBequestPhiladelphia Museum of Art has received a bequest of $10 million Daniel Dietrich II to support curatorial programs in contemporary art. Mr. Dietrich, who was an heir to his family's business that once produced Luden's cough drops, also left 50 modernist artworks to the museum. He died in September 2015.$10,000,000
2016AnonymousDePauw U. (Greencastle, Ind.)IndianaColleges and universitiesDePauw U. (Greencastle, Ind.) has received $10 million from an anonymous donor to create a technology center and visualization laboratory. The donation will also help fund a director to lead technology programs and bolster the Founders Fund for Computer Science.$10,000,000
2016Jay H. and Patty BakerFloridaRetailGulfshore Playhouse (Naples, Fla.)FloridaArtsMatchingGulfshore Playhouse (Naples, Fla.) has received a $10-million matching donation from Jay and Patty Baker for its capital campaign to build a new theater. Mr. Baker is the former president of Kohl's Corporation, a department store chain.$10,000,000
2016Tim and Mary BoyleOregonFinanceU. of Oregon (Eugene)OregonColleges and universitiesU. of Oregon (Eugene) has received $10 million from alumni Tim and Mary Boyle to enhance the aquatic animal-care facility, acquire new equipment such as high-powered microscopes and DNA-sequencing technologies, and expand facilities used for genomics research. Mr. Boyle is chief executive of Columbia Sportswear, a clothing company in Portland, Ore.$10,000,000
2016Norman and Irma BramanFloridaRetail, TransportationGeorgetown U. (Washington)District of ColumbiaColleges and universitiesGeorgetown U. (Washington) has received $10 million from Norman and Irma Braman to establish a program on the forensic study of the Holocaust at the university's Center for Jewish Civilization. The donation will endow a professorship and support related research, teaching, and public-service programs. Mr. Braman is owner of Braman Enterprises, a Miami-based company that operates several car dealerships in Colorado and Florida.$10,000,000