Who gives that much? The largest gifts go to colleges and universities.
Donations to colleges of at least $150 million since 1967:
Vedanta University Anil Agarwal Foundation $1 billion to establish the university 2006* California Institute of Technology The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation $600 million 2001* Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering The F.W. Olin Foundation $460 million to establish the college 1997 Stanford University The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation $400 million 2001* Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute An anonymous donor $360 million 2001 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Patrick J. and Lore Harp McGovern Estimated $350 million 2000* University of Arkansas at Fayetteville Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation $300 million 2002 Emory University The Lettie Pate Evans, Joseph B. Whitehead, and Robert W. Woodruff Foundations $295 million 1996 New York University Sir Harold Acton Estimated by the school at $250 million to $500 million 1994 University of Colorado William T. Coleman III and Claudia Coleman $250 million 2001* University of Texas at Austin John A. (Jack) Jackson $232 million 2002 Ave Maria University Thomas S. Monaghan $200 million to establish the university 2002* Columbia University Dawn M. Greene and the Jerome L. Greene Foundation $200 million for neuroscience center 2006* New York University The Leon Levy Foundation $200 million for institute on the ancient world 2006* UCLA School of Medicine David Geffen $200 million 2002 Vanderbilt University From the Ingram Charitable Fund $178 million 1998 Oklahoma State University Boone Pickens $165 million for athletic facilities 2006 Johns Hopkins University Sidney Kimmel $150 million 2001* New York University Julius Silver $150 million 2002