The 2001 Slate 60: Top Pledges

The 2001 Slate 60: Top Pledges

The 2001 Slate 60: Top Pledges

Analysis of the year's biggest philanthropists.
Feb. 4 2002 6:00 PM

The 2001 Slate 60: Top Pledges

The 60 largest American charitable contributions of 2001.

Donors Who Pledged $25 Million or More

John D. Hollingsworth Jr.

JOHN D. HOLLINGSWORTH JR.—an estimated $400 million bequest to FURMAN UNIVERSITY, GREENVILLE (S.C.) YMCA, and other charities. Mr. Hollingsworth, who died in 2000 at age 83, left 45 percent of his estate to Furman University, 10 percent to the Greenville YMCA, and the remainder to other charities in Greenville County. He owned land throughout South Carolina and two companies in Greenville County—Verdae Properties, a land-development company, and John D. Hollingsworth on Wheels, a supplier of textile-carding machinery. Although Mr. Hollingsworth's estate has not yet been valued, his real-estate holdings are estimated to be worth approximately $400 million.

GORDON AND BETTY MOORE—a $300 million pledge to the CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY. Mr. Moore, 73, a co-founder of Intel, and his wife, Betty, 72, last year pledged $300 million to the California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, to be matched by grants from their foundation. Last year the Moores also gave more than $5.8 billion to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, in San Francisco.

WILLIAM T. III AND CLAUDIA COLEMAN—a $250 million pledge to the UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO SYSTEM. Mr. Coleman, 54, is founder and chairman of BEA Systems, a software company in San Jose, Calif. Mrs. Coleman, 54, is a former manager at Hewlett-Packard. Their donation established the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, which will support research, development of technological tools to help people with cognitive disabilities, and other efforts to help people with such disabilities. Last year the Colemans contributed $10 million of that amount, paid $614,867 of a previous pledge, and gave the university an additional $42,327.

ROBERT EDWARD (TED) TURNER—a $250 million pledge to the NUCLEAR THREAT INITIATIVE. Mr. Turner, 63, vice chairman of AOL Time Warner, in New York, and founder of CNN and Turner Broadcasting System, pledged $250 million to establish the Nuclear Threat Initiative, in Washington, which seeks to reduce the threat posed by nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction. He paid $10.7 million of that amount. Mr. Turner also gave $74.8 million to the U.N. Foundation, a group in Washington that he founded to support the work of the United Nations, and $5.6 million to the Better World Fund, in Washington, which Mr. Turner founded to educate people about the work of the United Nations. He gave $130,000 to other groups.

SIDNEY KIMMEL$222.5 million in pledges to JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY and five other nonprofit groups. Mr. Kimmel, 74, chairman of Jones Apparel Group, in Bristol, Pa., pledged $150 million to the Johns Hopkins University Health System, in Baltimore, for cancer research and treatment, and paid $54 million of that amount. He pledged $25 million to the MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER, in New York, of which he paid $5 million. The JEWISH FEDERATON OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA and the RAYMOND AND RUTH PERELMAN JEWISH DAY SCHOOL, in Wynnewood, Pa., each received a $20 million pledge, and the NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER, in Philadelphia, received a $5 million pledge; each institution was paid $1 million of the pledged amount. The THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, in Philadelphia, received a $2.5 million pledge. Mr. Kimmel also gave $30 million to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, in Philadelphia; and he paid $7 million to the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, in San Diego, and $1 million to the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, on previous pledges.

LUCILLE STEWART BEESON—a $161 million bequest to SAMFORD UNIVERSITY and 13 charities in the Birmingham, Ala., area. Mrs. Beeson, who died last year at age 95, left $150 million to endow a trust that will support 13 charities in the Birmingham area. The SALVATION ARMY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, the JIMMY HALE MISSION, UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY OF GREATER BIRMINGHAM, the ALABAMA SHERIFF'S BOYS AND GIRLS RANCHES, the BAPTIST HOSPITALS FOUNDATION OF BIRMINGHAM, CANTERBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, and GATEWAY FAMILY AND CHILD SERVICES will each receive 10.6 percent of the interest earned by the trust. An additional six groups—the BIRMINGHAM HUMANE SOCIETY, the CHRISTIAN SERVICE MISSION, the charity fund of the JUNIOR LEAGUE OF BIRMINGHAM, the ALABAMA ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY, the BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL SOCIETY, and the COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER BIRMINGHAM—will each receive 4.3 percent. Mrs. Beeson also left $11 million to Samford University, in Birmingham, for scholarships.

Alberto W. Vilar

ALBERTO W. VILAR$116.4 million in pledges to JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS and four other nonprofit groups. Mr. Vilar, 61, founded Amerindo Investment Advisors, a technology-investment company in New York. His $50 million pledge to the Kennedy Center, in Washington, will establish the Vilar Institute for Arts Management, which will train arts managers and board members, and bring the Kirov Opera and the Kirov Ballet to the center for annual performances over 10 years. A $25 million pledge to the NATIONAL JEWISH MEDICAL AND RESEARCH CENTER, in Denver, will establish a research center on respiratory diseases. A $23.4 million pledge to NEW YORK UNIVERSITY will support a new performing-arts education program. He also pledged $10 million to COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY'S MEDICAL SCHOOL and $8 million to the WASHINGTON OPERA. A spokesman for Mr. Vilar said he had made additional pledges to performing-arts efforts in other countries but would not disclose the amount of those pledges.

HENRY MELVILLE FULLER—an $89.6 million bequest to CURRIER GALLERY OF ART and other groups. Mr. Fuller, who died last year at age 87, left the Currier Gallery, in Manchester, N.H., a bequest comprising $43 million, a collection of 19th-century American paintings worth $2.6 million, his Manchester condominium, and personal property, together worth an estimated $400,000. TRINITY COLLEGE, in Hartford, Conn., where Mr. Fuller received a bachelor's degree in English, was bequeathed $39 million for its endowment; a portion of the gift will fulfill a $1 million pledge that Mr. Fuller made a year ago to benefit the college's library. An additional $4 million will endow the MANCHESTER HISTORIC ASSOCIATION, in New Hampshire, and other nonprofit groups received $280,000 from Mr. Fuller's estate. Mr. Fuller gave $100,000 to the NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY last year before his death as payment on a pledge; his estate paid the remaining $300,000 of that commitment.

PETER B. LEWIS—a $60 million pledge to PRINCETON UNIVERSITY. Mr. Lewis, 68, is chairman of the Progressive Corp., an insurance company in Mayfield Village, Ohio. In 2001, he pledged $60 million to Princeton University, in Princeton, N.J., of which he paid $14.5 million that year, to help build a science library and support its programs. In addition, he gave the university $19.1 million for its human-genomics institute, $16 million to Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, to help build a new campus for its management school; $11.5 million to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in New York; and $7 million to the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, in New York. He gave $4.4 million to other nonprofit groups last year.

HERBERT L. BLOCK—a $53 million bequest to the HERB BLOCK FOUNDATION and 19 nonprofit groups. Mr. Block, an editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post who went by the name Herblock, designated in his will that a $51.8 million bequest—including Post stock worth $49.4 million—be used to establish the Herb Block Foundation, in Washington. Mr. Block, who died last year at age 91, also left $1.2 million to 19 charities, including the AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION, in New York; HANDGUN CONTROL, in Washington; and the PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION OF AMERICA, in New York.