The 2004 Slate 60: Pledges
The 60 largest American charitable contributions of the year.
David Filo—a $30 million pledge, of which $15.4 million was paid in 2004, to Tulane University. Filo, 38, a co-founder of Yahoo!, in Sunnyvale, Calif., pledged $30 million to Tulane University, in New Orleans, for scholarships for undergraduate students. The university received $15.4 million in 2004. Filo received a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from Tulane in 1988. He plans to pay the remainder of the gift, which consists of securities, over five years.
Ernest Rady—a $15 million pledge, of which $10 million was paid in 2004, to University of California-San Diego and a $15 million pledge to the Ernest Rady Family Foundation. Rady, founder of American Assets, in San Diego, and chief executive officer of Westcorp, in Irvine, Calif., pledged $15 million to the University of California-San Diego's recently established school of management, which has been named after him. The university received $10 million, which is being used for new facilities, and will receive the remaining $5 million by the end of this year. Rady also pledged $15 million to the Ernest Rady Family Foundation, in La Jolla. The university will receive all those funds before or at the time of Rady's death and can use the money for any purpose. Rady serves as the chair of the management school's Dean's Advisory Council.
Albert J. III and Celia Weatherhead—a $30 million pledge to Harvard University. Albert Weatherhead, 80, owner of Weatherhead Industries, a plastic-products company in Cleveland, and his wife, Celia, who runs Kozy Kashmir, a business that makes specialty items for dogs, pledged $30 million to Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass., to create an endowment for science and technology. The Weatherhead Endowment for Collaborative Science and Technology will function like a venture capital fund, financing interdisciplinary projects in science and technology. Albert Weatherhead graduated from the university in 1950.
Robert and Arlene Kogod—a $25 million pledge to the Smithsonian Institution. Robert Kogod, 73, a principal of the Charles E. Smith Realty Companies, in Arlington, Va., and his wife, Arlene, 70, daughter of the late Charles E. Smith, pledged $25 million to the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington. The gift will be used to renovate a historic building that houses the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and to construct a courtyard. Robert Kogod is serving as a special adviser on the renovation process.
William and Anita Newman—a $25 million pledge, of which $5 million was paid in 2004, to City University of New York's Bernard M. Baruch College. William Newman, 78, chairman of the board of New Plan Excel Realty Trust, in New York City, and his wife, Anita, pledged $25 million to the City University of New York's Bernard M. Baruch College for unrestricted operating support. The couple paid $5 million in 2004, and the college has named a building in their honor. William Newman is a 1947 graduate of Baruch College.
Terry S. and Jane Bovingdon Semel—a $25 million pledge to the UCLA Foundation. Terry Semel, 61, the chairman and chief executive officer of Yahoo!, in Sunnyvale, Calif., and his wife, Jane Bovingdon Semel, founder of ijane, a nonprofit production company in Los Angeles that focuses on public-health issues, pledged $25 million to the UCLA Foundation. The gift is earmarked for the University of California at Los Angeles' Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior. The gift will support research and community-education programs on brain disorders, including addiction, autism, and mood disorders. Jane Bovingdon Semel serves on the board of visitors at UCLA.
Daniel M. Meyers—a $22 million pledge, of which $17 million was paid in 2004, to the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education. Meyers, 41, chairman and chief executive officer of First Marblehead Corp., in Boston, which provides marketing and related services to private lenders of educational loans, pledged $22 million to the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, in Charlottesville. The gift, which was made in memory of a family friend who died in 2002, will go to build a new building that will consolidate the university's education programs under one roof. Meyers serves as vice chair of the Curry School of Education Foundation's board of directors.
William H. Neukom—a $22 million pledge to Dartmouth College. Neukom, 63, chair of Preston Gates & Ellis, a Seattle law firm, and former executive vice president of law and corporate affairs at the Microsoft Corp., in Redmond, Wash., pledged $22 million to Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. The gift will establish an institute on computational science. Neukom is a 1964 graduate of the college and serves on its board of trustees.
Mark and Mary Stevens—a $22 million pledge to the University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering. Mark Stevens, 44, a managing partner at Sequoia Capital, a venture-capital company in Menlo Park, Calif., and his wife, Mary, 42, pledged $22 million to endow an institute on technology commercialization at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. Mark Stevens earned a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.A. in economics from the university in 1981, and an M.S. in computer engineering in 1994. He later received an M.B.A. from Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Mark Stevens is a member of USC's board of trustees.
Lawrence and Kristina Dodge—a $20 million pledge to Chapman University, School of Film and Television. Lawrence Dodge, 65, and his wife, Kristina, pledged $20 million to the film school at Chapman University, in Orange, Calif. Lawrence Dodge is the founding chairman and chief executive officer of American Sterling Corp., in Irvine, Calif., a group of companies that includes film production, insurance, banking, and finance businesses, and Kristina Dodge is vice president of the company's film-production entity. The school is now called the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
Emmett and Miriam McCoy—a $20 million pledge, of which $10 million was paid in 2004, to Texas State University at San Marcos. Emmett McCoy, 81, retired chief executive officer of McCoy's Building Supply Centers, in San Marcos, Texas, and his wife, Miriam, 80, pledged $20 million to Texas State University at San Marcos for the College of Business Administration. The gift will help finance a new building for the business school, as well as endowed chairs, professorships, scholarships, and faculty, program, and student development. The McCoys have paid $10 million and are scheduled to give $2 million to the university annually for the next five years.
Photograph of Bill and Melinda Gates by Jeff Christensen/Reuters.