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Biggest Gifts Announced by Individuals and Their Foundations in 2015

Amount Donor Purpose or beneficiary
$605 million
(bequest)
John Santikos, founder of Santikos Theatres, a chain of cinemas San Antonio Area Foundation, to establish the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation
$400 million
(pledge)
John and Jenny Paulson; John Paulson founded the hedge fund Paulson and Company Harvard University, to endow its School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
$177 million The Atlantic Philanthropies; Charles (Chuck) Feeney; co-founder of the Duty Free Shoppers Group University of California at San Francisco and Trinity College, to establish the Global Brain Health Institute
$150 million
(pledge)
David Koch; executive vice president of Koch Industries Memorial Sloan Kettering, for a new cancer care center
$150 million
(pledge)
Stephen Schwarzman, co-founded the investment firm Blackstone Group Yale University, to create a new arts, culture, and student center
$125 million
(bequest)
Donald Sirkin, a Seattle businessman LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
$100 million
(pledge)
Marion Anderson, the widow of John Anderson, a Los Angeles businessman University of California at Los Angeles, to endow the Anderson School of Management and for a new building
$100 million David Elliott and Roberta Buffett Elliott; Ms. Buffett Elliott is one of financier Warren Buffett’s sisters Northwestern University, to establish the Buffett Institute for Global Studies
$100 million The Atlantic Philanthropies; Charles (Chuck) Feeney University of California at San Francisco, to support its Medical Center at Mission Bay
$100 million
(pledge)
David Geffen; the founder of Geffen Records and a co-founder of DreamWorks Studios To Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to renovate and rename the New York Philharmonic’s concert hall
$100 million
(pledge)
David Geffen University of California at Los Angeles, for a new college-prepatory academy
$100 million
(pledge)
The Marie-Josee and Henry R. Kravis Foundation; Mr. Kravis co-founded the private-equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Company Rockefeller University, for a new laboratory
$100 million
(pledge)
Gordon and Betty Moore; Mr. Moore co-founded the Intel Corporation California Institute of Technology, for endowment
$100 million
(pledge)
Jan Moran and the Jim Moran Foundation; Jan Moran is the widow of Jim Moran, founder of JM Family Enterprises, an automotive company To Florida State University to establish the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship
$100 million
(pledge)
Pearson Family Members Foundation; Thomas Pearson is a former senior vice president of Alliance Partners, a coal company; Timothy Pearson is a marketing consultant University of Chicago, to create the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts
$100 million
(pledge)
Conrad Prebys, the owner of Progress Construction and Management Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, to support research
$100 million
(pledge)
J.B. and M.K. Pritzker; Mr. Pritzker co-founded the venture-capital firm the Pritzker Group Northwestern Unviersity, to endow programs in the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
$100 million
(pledge)
Ernest and Evelyn Rady; Mr. Rady founded American Assets, a real-estate development company; and ICW Group Holdings, an insurance company University of California at San Diego Rady School of Management, to endow professorships
$100 million
(pledge)
Ranjan and Chandrika Tandon; Mr. Tandon founded the Libra Advisors hedge fund, and Ms. Tandon founded Tandon Capital Associates, a financial advisory firm New York University School of Engineering, for academic programs, professorships, and scholarships
$92 million Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Northwestern Unviersity, for a new biomedical research center
$75 million Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan through their donor-advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation; Mr. Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, to support the hospital’s acute-care and trauma center
$75 million The John P. McGovern Foundation; Dr. McGovern was a physician University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, to expand medical training, research, and scholarships
$70 million Audrey Irmas; the widow of the late Sydney Irmas, a lawyer and investor Audrey Irmas Foundation for Social Justice
$65 million The Thompson Family Foundation; Wade Thompson co-founded Thor Industries, a recreational-vehicle company Park Avenue Armory, to endow programming

source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy