Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017

Top Gifts to Colleges or Universities in 2015

In 2015, the top five gifts to colleges or universities totaled $1.05 billion. See The Chronicle of Philanthropy's complete directory of recent gifts of $1 million or more made by individuals to charitable institutions.

  1. $400 million from John A. Paulson, president and portfolio manager of the hedge fund Paulson & Company, to Harvard University.

  2. $300 million from William H. Scheide, heir to a Pennsylvania oil fortune, to Princeton University.

  3. $200 million from Stephen A. Schwarzman, co-founder and CEO of the investment firm Blackstone Group, to Yale University.

  4. $100 million from David Geffen, producer and film-studio executive, to the University of California at Los Angeles.

  5. $100 million from Jay Robert and Mary Kathryn Pritzker to Northwestern University. Mr. Pritzker is co-founder and managing partner at the venture-capital firm Pritzker Group.

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