The bequest, to the university's fund-raising arm in the United States, is from a couple who escaped from Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
Gifts to the university's athletic department are down after a losing football season during which the team threatened a boycott in support of student protests.
Big gifts are critical, but with concerns about the future of the liberal-arts institutions, some would-be donors are asking tougher questions before giving.
Fund raising jumped by 7.6 percent over 2014, with nearly a third of all contributions going to the top 20 institutions.
A study based partly on fake solicitation letters finds that whether alumni will give to their alma mater depends mostly on their trust in it.
Gains in the stock market over the past year powered a strong increase in charitable giving to academe, according to a survey by the Council for Aid to Education.
The stock market’s recent volatility notwithstanding, the country’s improved financial outlook in 2013 contributed to a surge in donations to higher education.
Fewer than half of alumni in this generation have given to their colleges, and many say they’d donate to other causes first. But fund raisers aren’t dismissing them.
A gay and lesbian caucus is among groups that oppose naming the center for a church official with "a narrow vision of what a family is."
The growth was well below 2011's 8.2-percent rise and, when adjusted for inflation, came to an increase of just 0.2 percent, says the Council for Aid to Education.
Nonprofit groups warned of dire results if the charitable deduction is limited. But some lawmakers wondered if the benefit is helping people most in need.
Las Positas College, a two-year institution, is soliciting private benefactors in the community to sponsor class sections at $5,500 each.
As donors worry about outliving their assets, fund raisers find success—and often bigger donations—in asking them for bequests.
Western colleges seeking gifts in China should be ready for a long march, said speakers at a Council for Advancement and Support of Education conference.
Gifts to education rose by just 0.9 percent after inflation in 2011, according to "Giving USA," the annual report on American philanthropy.
The university tallied the total as part of the unveiling of a children's hospital center to which the New York mayor contributed $120-million.