Analysis of the year's biggest philanthropists.
Jan. 28 1999 3:30 AM

Anonymous Gifts From Individuals, 1998 

$10 million and above. 

 

1. $50 million to CORNELL UNIVERSITY (N.Y.) to endow scholarships if others contribute triple that amount. The donor made no restrictions as to who may contribute but stipulated that the money be earmarked exclusively for the scholarship campaign.

2. $39.2 million to De PAUW UNIVERSITY in Greencastle, Ind., the largest gift in the private school's history. The donor specified that investment income generated by the money be used to support scholarships.

3. $35 million to ST. MARY'S COLLEGE in Moraga, Calif., to fund a science center and add two new academic programs. Saint Mary's is a private Catholic liberal arts school with an enrollment of more than 4,300 students. The new science center will be a 60,000 square foot, three story building named J.C. Gatehouse Hall. The initials were specified by the mystery donor. The center's name refers to its function as a "gatehouse" for learning.

4. $20 million to MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE, a Baptist school in Clinton, Miss.

4. $20 million to PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY AT ERIE--BEHREND COLLEGE for the School of Business.

4. $20 million to ST. MARY'S COLLEGE to construct athletics facilities.

7. $17 million trust for scholarships at GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY (Washington) for students from war-torn countries.

8. $13 million to the PRATT INSTITUTE in Brooklyn, N.Y., to build a dormitory.

9. $10 million to the BIG SHOULDERS FUND, created in Chicago by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin to provide scholarships to inner city Catholic elementary school students

9. $10 million challenge gift to the CENTRAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF (St. Louis). To claim the gift, the institute must raise $15 million more in the next five years. Institute officials say they believe that the gift--from an out-of-town donor--is one of the largest ever given to a nonprofit organization in St. Louis. The money would be used in the first phase of a plan to update and dramatically expand the 84-year-old institute's facilities.

9. $10 million pledge to GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY to construct a facility for the business school.

9. $10 million to LORAS COLLEGE (Iowa), the largest gift in the college's history. The gift will fund the establishment of a Center for Catholic Studies, an endowed chair for Catholic thought, and campus beautification projects.

9. $10 million to SMITH COLLEGE (Mass.) from two alumnae in New York City for the Fine Arts Center. The new project will add 52,000 square feet to the current buildings.

9. $10 million to VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE to help build a student center, the largest gift ever for the 32-year-old liberal arts college.