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2015William H. ScheideNew JerseyFamily wealthPrinceton U. (N.J.)New JerseyColleges and universitiesNoncash GiftPrinceton U. (N.J.) has received a gift of rare books valued at $300-million from William H. Scheide, heir to a Pennsylvania oil fortune who died in November 2014. Among the books are a copy of the Gutenberg Bible and original printings of plays by Shakespeare. Mr. Scheide graduated from Princeton in 1936 with a bachelor's degree in history.$300,000,000
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
2015George and Liz KruppMassachusettsReal estateCombined Jewish Philanthropies (Boston)MassachusettsEducationChallenge GiftCombined Jewish Philanthropies (Boston) has received a challenge gift of $11.3-million from George and Liz Krupp to be split among five Jewish day schools in the Boston area. Mr. Krupp is the founder and chief executive of Berkshire Property Advisors, a real-estate investment firm in Boston.$11,250,000
2015Jerry and Gene JonesTexasProfessional SportsU. of Arkansas at FayettevilleArkansasColleges and universitiesGift NoncashU. of Arkansas at Fayetteville has received a gift of cash and land with a combined value of $10.7-million from Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys professional football team, and his wife, Gene. Both the land and the money will be used for its athletics program. Mr. Jones played football for the university from 1962 to 1964.$10,650,000
2015Jordan ZimmermanFloridaAdvertisingU. of South Florida (Tampa)FloridaColleges and universitiesGiftU. of South Florida, in Tampa, has received a gift of $10-million from Jordan Zimmerman, founder of Zimmerman Advertising, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and part-owner of the Florida Panthers professional hockey team, for its School of Advertising and Mass Communications. Mr. Zimmerman graduated from the university in 1984.$10,000,000
2015Ronald and JoAnne WillensCaliforniaTechnologyNorthwestern U. (Evanston, Ill.)IllinoisColleges and universitiesGiftNorthwestern U. (Evanston, Ill.) has received a gift of $10-million from Ronald and JoAnne Willens for a cancer-research center at its International Institute for Nanotechnology. Mr. Willens was the co-founder of the technology company Livingston Enterprises, which Lucent Technologies bought in 1997.$10,000,000
2015Steve E. TischCaliforniaMedia and entertainment, Professional SportsTel Aviv U. (Israel)Colleges and universitiesGiftTel Aviv U. (Israel) has received a gift of $10-million from Steve E. Tisch, a film producer in Los Angeles and co-owner and chairman of the New York Giants, to help turn its department of film and television into a graduate school.$10,000,000
2015Harold and Sarah GottliebMichiganHotelsTemple Israel (West Bloomfield, Mich.)MichiganReligious groupsGiftTemple Israel (West Bloomfield, Mich.) has received a gift of $10-million from Harold Gottlieb, a real-estate investor who owns 16 hotels, and his wife, Sarah, to establish a cantorial chair in its music program in honor of their late son, who died in 2006.$10,000,000
2015James Berbee and Karen WalshWisconsinHealth careU. of Wisconsin Hospital (Madison)WisconsinHealthGift ChallengeU. of Wisconsin Hospital (Madison) has received a challenge gift of $10-million from James Berbee, a professor of emergency medicine at the U. of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and his wife, Karen Walsh. The gift will expand the hospital's emergency clinic.$10,000,000
2015Louis A. SimpsonFloridaInsurancePrinceton U. (N.J.)New JerseyColleges and universitiesGiftPrinceton U. has received a gift of $10-million from Louis A. Simpson, former chief executive officer for capital operations at GEICO, the auto insurance company, to establish its Center for the Study of Macroeconomics. Mr. Simpson earned his master's degree in economics from the university in 1960 and was an economics instructor there for two years.$10,000,000
2015Kenneth C. GriffinIllinoisFinanceMuseum of Contemporary Art ChicagoIllinoisArtsGiftMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago has received a gift of $10-million from Kenneth C. Griffin, founder of Citadel Investment Group, in Chicago, to create the Galleries of Contemporary Art.$10,000,000
2015Lynn PippengerFloridaFinanceU. of South Florida (Tampa)FloridaColleges and universitiesGiftU. of South Florida (Tampa) has received a gift of $10-million from Lynn Pippenger, a retired accountant and senior vice president at Raymond James, a financial-services company in St. Petersburg, Fla., for its capital campaign.$10,000,000
2015AnonymousHaverford College (Pa.)PennsylvaniaColleges and universitiesGiftHaverford College (Pa.) has received gifts totaling $10-million from anonymous donors to renovate a gym into a center for visual culture, arts, and media.$10,000,000
2015Jim and Carol CollinsCaliforniaFood and beverageU. of California at Los AngelesCaliforniaColleges and universitiesGiftU. of California at Los Angeles has received a gift of $10-million from Jim Collins, former chairman of Worldwide Restaurant Concepts, which operates franchises of Sizzler and Kentucky Fried Chicken worldwide, and his wife, Carol. The gift will help expand the Wasserman Football Center. The couple met as students at the university in the 1940s.$10,000,000
2015Oscar and Lynn WyattTexasOilMuseum of Fine Arts, HoustonTexasArtsGiftMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, has received a gift of $10-million from Oscar Wyatt, founder of the Coastal Corporation, an oil company in Houston, and his wife, Lynn, for its capital campaign.$10,000,000
2015Lyda HillTexasFamily wealth, InvestmentsParkland Foundation (Dallas)TexasHealthPledge ChallengeParkland Foundation, in Dallas, has received a challenge pledge of $10-million from Lyda Hill, a businesswoman in Dallas and granddaughter of oilman H.L. Hunt, for the hospital's capital campaign.$10,000,000
2015Elon MuskCaliforniaRetail, Technology, TransportationFuture of Life Institute (Cambridge, Mass.)MassachusettsScienceGiftFuture of Life Institute (Cambridge, Mass.) has received a gift of $10-million from Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive of Tesla Motors, the electric-car company, and founder and chief executive of SpaceX, the space transport company. His gift will establish a global research program on artificial intelligence and its potential to help humankind.$10,000,000
2015AnonymousMissouri Western State U. Foundation (St. Joseph)MissouriColleges and universitiesGiftMissouri Western State U. Foundation, in St. Joseph, has received a gift of $10-million from an anonymous donor for its capital campaign.$10,000,000
2015Laura and Isaac PerlmutterNew YorkEntertainmentNew York U. Langone Medical CenterNew YorkColleges and universitiesGift$9-million gift from Isaac Perlmutter, chairman and former chief executive of Marvel Entertainment, and his wife, Laura. The gift, which will be shared with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, will support two joint cancer-research programs.$9,000,000