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Major Private Gifts to Higher Education Since 1967

This list was published in the August 29, 2008, issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac. Additions to and changes in the list since then appear in bold italics. Last updated on February 4, 2009. Supplements to earlier gifts are counted separately.

$101-million and above

Gates Millennium Scholars program: from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, $1-billion over 20 years; cash; 1999*

Vedanta University (India): from the Anil Agarwal Foundation, $1-billion endowment to establish the university; cash; 2006*

California Institute of Technology: from Gordon and Betty Moore and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, $600-million, consisting of $300-million over 5 years and $300-million over 10 years; cash and stock; 2001*

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering: from the F.W. Olin Foundation, $460-million to establish the college; cash; 1997

National Taiwan University: from Terry Gou, $454.5-million, to establish a cancer-care clinic and to conduct cancer research; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007*

The Broad Institute: from Eli and Edythe L. Broad, $400-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2008*

Columbia University: from John W. Kluge, $400-million; bequest; 2007*

Stanford University: from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, $400-million; cash; 2001*

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: from an anonymous donor, $360-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2001

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: from Patrick J. and Lore Harp McGovern, estimated at $350-million over 20 years; cash; 2000*

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville: from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation, $300-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2002

University of Chicago: from the Booth Family Trust, $300-million; cash, income from stock, and stock; 2008*

Emory University: from the Lettie Pate Evans, Joseph B. Whitehead, and Robert W. Woodruff Foundations, $295-million; stock; 1996

Emory University: from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, $261.5-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2006*

Jacobs University Bremen (Germany): from the Jacobs Foundation, $254-million (200 million euros); nature of gift not disclosed; 2006*

Cornell University Weill Medical College: from Sanford I. and Joan Weill, $250-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007

New York University: from Sir Harold Acton, a 57-acre Italian estate, a collection of Renaissance art, and at least $25-million in cash with a value estimated by the university of at least $250-million and perhaps as much as $500-million; 1994

University of Colorado system: from William T. Coleman III and Claudia Coleman, $250-million; stock; 2001*

University of Texas at Austin: from John A. (Jack) Jackson, $232-million; bequest; 2002

Ave Maria University: from Thomas S. Monaghan, $200-million to establish the university; cash and real estate; 2002

Claremont McKenna College: from Robert A. Day, $200-million; cash and securities; 2007

Columbia University: from Dawn M. Greene and the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, $200-million to establish a neuroscience center; nature of gift not disclosed; 2006*

New York University: from the Leon Levy Foundation, $200-million to create an institute on the ancient world; cash; 2006*

University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine: from David Geffen, $200-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2002

Vanderbilt University: from the Ingram Charitable Fund, $178-million; stock; 1998

Fund for Wisconsin Scholars: from Tashia and John Morgridge, $175-million, to create the college-scholarship program for Wisconsin students; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007*

University of Southern California: from George Lucas's Lucasfilm Foundation, $175-million, to establish a new film school; nature of gift not disclosed; 2006*

Oklahoma State University: from T. Boone Pickens, $165-million; cash; 2006

Johns Hopkins University: from Sidney Kimmel, $150-million; cash and bequest; 2001*

New York University: from Julius Silver, $150-million; bequest; 2002

New York University: from Helen L. Kimmel, $150-million for the NYU Langone Medical Center; nature of gift not disclosed; 2008*

University of California at San Francisco: from an anonymous donor, $150-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007*

Polytechnic University: from Donald and Mildred Topp Othmer, $144.2-million; cash; 1998

Lesley University: from trusts created by Frank C. Doble, $136-million; cash; 2008

Tufts University: from trusts created by Frank C. Doble, $136-million; cash; 2008

DePauw University: from Ruth Clark and Philip Forbes Holton, $128-million; stock; 1997

Harvard University: from Hansjörg Wyss, $125-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2008*

Louisiana State University: from Claude B. (Doc) Pennington, $125-million; stock and gas-and-oil royalties; 1981

University of Nebraska: from Mildred Topp Othmer, $125-million; cash; 1998

University of Utah: from Jon M. Huntsman, $125-million; cash; 2000

LaGrange College and Mercer University: from Remer H. and Emily Fisher Crum, $123-million; real estate; 2000*

University of Pennsylvania: from Walter H. Annenberg, $120-million; cash; 1993

University of Southern California: from Walter H. Annenberg, $120-million; cash; 1993

Furman University: from the estate of John D. Hollingsworth Jr., $115-million; real estate and other assets; 2001

University of California at Berkeley: from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, $113-million; cash; 2007*

University of Southern California: from Alfred E. Mann, $112.5-million; stock and cash; 1998

New York University: from an anonymous donor, $110-million for the NYU Langone Medical Center; nature of gift not disclosed; 2008*

University of California at San Diego: from Irwin M. and Joan Jacobs, $110-million; cash and bequest; 2003*

University of Southern California: from the W.M. Keck Foundation, $110-million; cash; 1999*

Rollins College: from George Cornell, $105.5-million; cash bequest; 2004

Emory University: from Robert W. Woodruff, $105-million; stock; 1979 Indiana University at Bloomington: from the Lilly Endowment, $105-million; cash; 2000

New York University: from Jan T. Vilcek, $105-million; future royalties on drug, cash and trust; 2005*

Stanford University: from Philip H. Knight, $105-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2006*

University of Washington: from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, $105-million; cash; 2007*

University of California at San Francisco: from Catellus Development Corporation, $101.3-million; land; 1999

Princeton University: from Peter B. Lewis, $101-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2005

$100-million

Arizona State University: from Ira A. and Mary Lou Fulton, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2005

Baylor College of Medicine: from Dan L. Duncan, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2006*

Baylor College of Medicine: from the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007*

The Broad Institute: from Eli and Edythe L. Broad, $100-million to establish the biomedical-research institute; nature of gift not disclosed; 2003*

The Broad Institute: from Eli and Edythe L. Broad, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2005*

The Broad Institute: from the Stanley Medical Research Institute, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007*

Brown University: from Sidney E. Frank, $100-million; trust; 2004

Brown University: from the Warren Alpert Foundation, $100-million; cash; 2007*

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University: from Alfred and Norma Lerner, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2002*

Colby College: from Peter H. and Paula Crane Lunder, art collection with value of at least $100-million; 2007*

Cornell University: from an anonymous donor, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 1999

Cornell University Weill Medical College: from Sanford I. and Joan Weill, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 1998

Cornell University Weill Medical College: from Sanford I. and Joan Weill, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2002

Cornell University Weill Medical College: from an anonymous donor, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007

Harvard University: from David M. Rockefeller, $100-million; bequest; 2008*

Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Massachusetts General Hospital: from the Phillip T. and Susan M. Ragon Institute Foundation, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2009*

John Motley Morehead Foundation: from the Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation, $100-million for scholarships at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; securities; 2007

Johns Hopkins University: from an anonymous donor, $100-million; cash; 2001

Johns Hopkins University: from an anonymous donor, $100-million; cash; 2006

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: from Kenan E. Sahin, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 1999*

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: from David H. Koch, $100-million; cash; 2007*

New York University: from Kenneth G. Langone, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 1999

New York University: from Kenneth G. Langone, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2008*

Oklahoma State University: from T. Boone Pickens, $100-million; cash; 2008

Oregon Health & Science University: from Philip H. and Penny Knight, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2008*

Princeton University: from Gordon Y.S. Wu, $100-million; cash and securities; 1995

Princeton University: from Gerhard R. Andlinger, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2008*

Regent University: from the Christian Broadcasting Network, $100-million; interest-bearing note convertible to stock; 1992

Rockefeller University: from David Rockefeller Sr., $100-million; bequest; 2005*

Rowan University: from Henry M. and Betty L. Rowan, $100-million; stock and cash; 1992

Scripps Research Institute: from L. Samuel and Aline W. Skaggs, $100-million; cash; 1996

Stanford University, Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital: from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, $100-million; cash; 2001

Stanford University: from John Arrillaga, $100-million; cash; 2006

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology: from Alfred E. Mann, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2004*

Tufts University: from Pierre and Pam Omidyar, $100-million; stock; 2005

University of California at Davis: from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, $100-million over 11 years, to establish a new nursing school; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007*

University of Chicago: from an anonymous donor, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007

University of Illinois: from Thomas M. Siebel, $100-million; bequest; 2007*

University of Miami: from family of the late Leonard M. Miller, $100-million; mostly cash; 2004*

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor: from Stephen M. Ross, $100-million; cash and bequest; 2004*

University of Mississippi School of Education, Barksdale Reading Institute: from James L. and Sally Barksdale, $100-million; stock; 2000*

University of North Dakota: from Ralph and Betty Engelstad, $100-million; cash, stock, and other assets; 1998

University of Oregon: from Philip H. and Penny Knight, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007*

University of Pennsylvania: from the Abramson Family Foundation, $100-million; cash; 1997

University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication: from the Annenberg Foundation, $100-million; cash; 2002

University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication: from the Annenberg Foundation, $100-million; cash; 2002

University of the Pacific: from Robert C. and Jeannette Powell, $100-million; bequest; 2007*

University of Virginia: from Frank Batten Sr., $100-million; cash; 2007*

Washington and Lee University: from an anonymous donor, $100-million; cash and stock; 2007*

Washington University in St. Louis: from the Danforth Foundation, $100-million; stock; 1986

Washington University in St. Louis: from the Danforth Foundation, $100-million; stock; 1997

Yale University: from an anonymous donor, $100-million for the School of Music; nature of gift not disclosed; 2005

Yeshiva University: Ronald P. Stanton, $100-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2006

$99.9-million to $50.1-million

Ohio University: from Delores and Fritz Russ, estimated at $91.8-million; bequest; 2008*

Stanford University: from James H. Clark, $90-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 1999

University of Fribourg (Switzerland): from the Adolphe Merkle Foundation, $90-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007*

University of Utah: from Jon M. Huntsman, $90-million; cash; 1995

Yale University: from the estate of Paul Mellon, $90-million; cash, 155 artworks and historical and personal objects; 1999

University of Arizona College of Law: from James E. Rogers, $87.5-million; cash and other assets; 1998

Emory University School of Theology: from the estates of W.I.H. and Lula Pitts, $83.3-millon; trust; 1999

Young Harris College: from the estates of W.I.H. and Lula Pitts and Margaret Adger Pitts, $82-million; trust; 1999

Iowa State University: from an anonymous donor, $80-million; stock; 1999

Stanford University: from William R. Hewlett and David Packard, $77-million; cash and securities; 1994

Florida International University: from Mitchell Wolfson, a museum and its collection; with a value estimated by the university of $75.5-million; 1997

Claremont McKenna College: from Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Foundation, $75-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2008

Duke University: from the Duke Endowment, $75-million; cash; 2005

Georgetown University: from the estate of Robert L. McDevitt, $75-million; bequest; 2008

Mount Sinai School of Medicine: from the Frederick and Sharon Klingenstein Fund, $75-million; cash and securities; 1999*

Northwestern University Medical School: from the Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation, $75-million; cash; 2002

Stanford University: from Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki, $75-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007*

Westmont College: from an anonymous donor, $75-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2006

University of Oregon: from Lorry I. Lokey, $74.5-million; cash; 2007*

Duke University: from Peter M. and Ruth Virginia Lilly Nicholas, $72-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2004

California Institute of Technology: from Rea and Lela Axline, $71-million; cash; 1999

Harvard University: from John L. and Frances Lehman Loeb, $70.5-million; cash; 1995

California Institute of Technology: from the W.M. Keck Foundation, $70-million; cash; 1985

Indiana University system: from Gene Cox, $70-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2005*

Liberty University: from Arthur and Angela Williams, $70-million; cash; 1997

Oral Roberts University: from Mart Green, $70-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007*

Stanford University: from David and Lucile Packard, $70-million; stock and cash; 1986

University of Cincinnati Medical Center: from the estate of William A. French, $70-million; trust; 1999

University of Washington: from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, $70-million; cash; 2003

California Institute of Technology: from the W.M. Keck Foundation, $65.3-million; cash; 1991

University of Virginia: from the estate of David A. Harrison III and Mary Harrison, $64-million; cash; 2002

Oklahoma State University: from T. Boone Pickens, $63-million; cash; 2008

University of Iowa: from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, $63-million; cash; 2002*

University of Virginia: from Frank Batten Sr., $62-million; stock; 1999

California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo: from an anonymous donor, $60-million; bequest; 2007*

College of Charleston: from Guy E. Beatty Jr., $60-million; estate trust; 2008*

Columbia University: from John W. Kluge, $60-million; cash, stock, and bonds; 1993

Georgetown University Medical Center: from the estate of Harry A. Toulmin Jr., $60-million; charitable trust; 1997*

Gordon College (Mass.): from Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler, $60-million; bequest; 2007*

Harvard University Medical School: from Isabelle and Leonard Goldenson, $60-million; planned gifts of an undisclosed nature; 1994

Illinois Institute of Technology: from Robert W. Galvin, $60-million; cash; 1996

Illinois Institute of Technology: from Robert A. Pritzker, $60-million; cash; 1996

Stanford University: from the estate of Richard W. (Ric) Weiland, $60-million; bequest; 2008

State University of New York at Stony Brook: from the Simons Foundation, $60-million; cash; 2008*

Thunderbird School of Global Management: from Samuel S. and Rita Garvin, $60-million; liquid assets; 2004*

University of Mississippi: from the Joseph C. Bancroft Charitable and Educational Fund, $60-million; trust; 1997

University of Saint Thomas (Minn.): from Lee and Penny Anderson, $60-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007

University of Southern California: from Jane Anne Nohl, $60-million; bequest; 2007

Washington University in St. Louis: from the Danforth Foundation, $60-million; cash and stock; 1977

University of Cambridge (England): from Ros and Steve Edwards, $58.7-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2008*

Johns Hopkins University: from an anonymous donor, $58.5-million; cash; 2001

Asbury Theological Seminary: from Ralph Waldo Beeson, $58-million; stock and bonds; 1990

Gates Millennium Scholars program: from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, $58-million; cash; 2006

Oklahoma State University: from Amy and Malone Mitchell III, $57.2-million; stock; 2008*

Berry College: from J. Bulow Campbell, $55-million; charitable trust; 1995

Carnegie Mellon University: from David A. and Marlene Tepper, $55-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2004*

Columbia Theological Seminary: from J. Bulow Campbell, $55-million; charitable trust; 1995

Johns Hopkins University: from Michael R. Bloomberg, $55-million; cash; 1995

Oklahoma State University: from T. Boone Pickens, $55-million; trust and planned bequest; 2003*

Princeton University: from Peter B. Lewis, $55-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 1999

University of Texas at Austin: from Ernest and Sarah Butler, $55-million; cash and planned bequest; 2008*

Washington University in St. Louis: from the Danforth Foundation, $55-million; stock; 1986

Samford University: from Ralph Waldo Beeson, $54.8-million; stock and bonds; 1990

Carnegie Mellon University: from an anonymous donor, $54-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 1997

Indiana University at Bloomington: from the Lilly Endowment, $53-million; cash; 2004

University of Arkansas system: from Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust, $53-million and lease to ranch; 2004*

University of Virginia: from Ward Buchanan, $52.6-million; bequest; 2002

Purdue University: from William E. Bindley, $52.5-million; cash and bequest; 2002*

Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School: from the estate of Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat, $52-million; bequest; 2007

Texas A&M University: from Dwight Look, $52-million; land; 1992

University of Southern California: from Andrew J. and Erna Viterbi, $52-million; cash; 2004

Pepperdine University: from Blanche Ebert Seaver, $51.7-million; cash and stock; 1996

University of Houston: from John and Rebecca Moores, $51.4-million; stock; 1991

Marquette University: from Raymond A. and Kathryn A. Eckstein, $51-million; personal and private family foundation resources; 2007*

Georgia Institute of Technology, athletics department: from the estate of Lee Edwards Candler, $50.5-million; stock; 1999

$50-million

Arizona State University: from William Polk Carey, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2003

Arizona State University: from Ira A. Fulton, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2003

Bard College: from Leon Levy, $50-million; cash; 2001

Brown University: from Walter H. Annenberg, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 1993

California Institute of Technology: from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, $50-million; cash and stock; 1986

College for Creative Studies: from Josephine Ford, $50-million; bequest; 2006

College of Idaho: from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, $50-million; cash; 2007

Columbia University School of Public Health: from the William H. Gates Foundation, $50-million; cash; 1999

Cornell University: from Sanford I. and Joan Weill, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007

Cornell University Medical College: from an anonymous donor, $50-million; charitable trust; 1983

Cornell University Weill Medical College: from Maurice R. and Corinne Greenberg, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2002

Cornell University Weill Medical College: from an anonymous donor, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2003

Creighton University: from an anonymous donor, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2004*

Drake University: from Dwight D. Opperman, $50-million; cash and charitable remainder trust; 1997*

Duke University: from the Duke Endowment, $50-million; cash; 2008

Emory University: from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation and Grace Crum Rollins, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007*

Indiana University Medical Center: from Melvin and Bren Simon, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2006

Johns Hopkins University: from the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund, $50-million; cash; 1992

Johns Hopkins University: from William Polk Carey, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2006*

Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences: from the W.M. Keck Foundation, $50-million; cash; 1997

Le Moyne College: from the estate of Robert and Catherine McDevitt, $50-million; bequest; 2008

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: from the Jeffry M. and Barbara Picower Foundation, $50-million; cash; 2001

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: from Legatum, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007*

Middlebury College: from an anonymous donor, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2004*

New York University: from Constance and Martin Silver, $50-million; cash and bequest; 2007*

Stanford University: from Helen and Peter Bing, $50-million, for a new concert hall; nature of gift not disclosed; 2006

Stanford University: from William R. Hewlett, $50-million; cash and stock; 1986

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso: from Paul L. Foster, $50-million; stock; 2007

Tufts University: from the Cummings Foundation, $50-million; cash; 2004*

United Negro College Fund: from Walter H. Annenberg, $50-million; cash; 1990

University of Arizona College of Law: from James E. Rogers, $50-million; cash; 1998*

University of Arkansas: from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation, $50-million; cash; 1998

University of California at San Francisco: from the Atlantic Philanthropies, $50-million; cash; 2007*

University of Michigan: from an anonymous donor, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007*

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: from Dennis and Joan Gillings, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007*

University of Notre Dame: from Joan B. Kroc, $50-million; bequest; 2003

University of Oklahoma: from Clara Weitzenhoffer, $50-million and art; bequest; 2000

University of Oklahoma at Tulsa: from the George Kaiser Family Foundation, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2008

University of Oxford (England): from Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2008*

University of Pennsylvania: from Jerome and Anne Fisher, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2008*

University of Richmond: from E. Claiborne Robins, $50-million; stock; 1969

University of Saint Thomas (Minn.): from Richard M. and Sandra Schulze, $50-million; cash and stock; 2000

University of Saint Thomas (Minn.): from an anonymous donor, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2008*

University of San Diego: from Joan B. Kroc, $50-million; bequest; 2003

University of Tennessee at Knoxville: from an anonymous donor, $50-million; gift and bequest; 2006*

University of Texas at Austin College of Business Administration: from B.J. (Red) McCombs, $50-million, to be paid over eight years; cash; 2000*

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: from the T. Boone Pickens Foundation, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007*

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas: from an anonymous donor, $50-million; cash; 2003*

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas: from Harold C. and Annette Simmons, $50-million; cash; 2005*

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas: from the T. Boone Pickens Foundation, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2007*

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas: from Harold C. and Annette Simmons, $50-million; cash; 2008*

University of Texas system: from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, $50-million, partly contingent on matching grants; cash and other assets; 2006*

University of Virginia: from the estate of David A. Harrison III and Mary Harrison, in excess of $50-million; bequest; 2002*

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation: from John and Tashia Morgridge, $50-million; nature of gift not disclosed; 2006*

Yale University: from Paul Mellon, $50-million; artworks and historical documents; 1992

NOTE: Value of gifts is based on information from institutions or donors at the time the gifts were promised. In cases of stock, property, art, and other noncash donations, actual value may have increased or dropped since gift was pledged or received.
* Full amount of gift not yet received.
Institution would not disclose payment status of gift.

SOURCE: Chronicle reporting
 

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