The 2000 Slate 60: The 60 largest American charitable contributions of 2000

The 2000 Slate 60: The 60 largest American charitable contributions of 2000

Analysis of the year's biggest philanthropists.
Jan. 22 2001 9:30 PM

The 2000 Slate 60: The 60 largest American charitable contributions of 2000


40. JOHN C. MALONE$24 million to YALE UNIVERSITY. Mr. Malone, 59, who received an engineering degree from Yale in 1963, is chairman of the Liberty Media Group, a cable TV company in Englewood, Colo. His donation will help to build an engineering facility.

40. JULIAN H. JR. and JOSIE ROBERTSON—a total of $24 million to DUKE UNIVERSITY and UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL. The couple's gift is being used to establish a scholarship program for undergraduate students at Duke University and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Robertson Scholars Program will allow students to receive degrees from their respective universities but take classes at both universities and spend a semester living on the other campus. Mr. Robertson, 67, a UNC graduate, founded Tiger Management, an investment company in New York. One of the Robertsons' three sons graduated from Duke in 1998 and another is a student at the University of North Carolina.

42. PETER B. LEWIS—a total of $23.8 million to SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM and PRINCETON UNIVERSITY. Mr. Lewis, 67, chairman of Progressive Corp., an insurance company in Mayfield Village, Ohio, is chairman of the board of the Guggenheim Foundation. He gave four gifts totaling $12.1 million to the Guggenheim Museum, in New York, for endowment and other institutional needs, and $11.7 million to Princeton University to establish the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, which will study the way genes process information.


43. LAMBERT J. GROSS—$22.6 million to four organizations. Mr. Gross, chief financial officer at General Dynamics Corp., in Falls Church, Va., and the Combustion Engineering Co., in Stamford, Conn., left $11.3 million to MERCERSBURG ACADADEMY, a private high school in Mercersburg, Pa., from which he graduated in 1933. He also left $3.76 million each to the AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA, in St. Petersburg; the AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST FLORIDA, in West Palm Beach; and the MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER, in New York. Mr. Gross put no restrictions on the use of the money. He died in 1998 at age 82.

44. KATHERINE GREGORY THOMAS—left unrestricted gifts totaling $22.5 million to two Washington, D.C., religious institutions: $15 million to the WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL, and $7.5 million to ST. ALBANS SCHOOL, the National Cathedral School for Boys, which her two sons attended. Mrs. Thomas inherited money from her family, which owned an oil company, and from her husband, Charles M. Thomas, who was a lawyer and died in the early 1960s. Mrs. Thomas died in 1994 at age 96.

45. EDWARD L. GAYLORD$22 million to the UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA. Mr. Gaylord, 81, publishes the Daily Oklahoman and serves as chairman emeritus of Gaylord Entertainment, which owns the Grand Ole Opry, in Nashville, as well as other entertainment holdings. His gift, which will help establish the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the university, will pay for endowed professorships, scholarships, internships, and construction of a building to house the college.

45. CARLand RUTH SHAPIRO$22 million to BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY. Mr. Shapiro, who is chairman of Kay Windsor, a manufacturer of knitted clothing, served on the board of trustees of Brandeis from 1979 to 1988. The gift will be used to design and construct a new student center.

Stacey and Dennis Barsema

47. DENNIS and STACEY BARSEMA$20 million to NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY. Mr. Barsema, 47, a 1977 graduate of the university, is chairman of Onetta, a communications network company in San Jose, Calif., and vice chairman of Redback Networks, a computer-network provider in Sunnyvale, Calif. Of the couple's total gift, $525,000 went to create the Dennis and Stacey Barsema Endowed Scholarship in Business, which gave its first scholarships last fall. The remainder will help construct Barsema Hall for the College of Business.

47. LORRY I. LOKEY$20 million to STANFORD UNIVERSITY. A 1949 graduate of Stanford, Mr. Lokey, 73, founded Business Wire, a company that distributes business news around the world. His gift will help to build a research facility for the departments of biological science and chemistry. The structure is expected to cost $50 million and open in 2002.

47. BRUCE, CRAIG, JOHN, and KEITH MCCAW$20 million to the SEATTLE CENTER FOUNDATION. The McCaw brothers founded McCaw Cellular Communications, in Kirkland, Wash., which was acquired by AT&T for $11.5 billion in 1994. The brothers donated funds for the renovation of the Seattle Opera House, which will be renamed in honor of their mother, Marion Oliver McCaw, who was a founding member of the Seattle Opera's board. In addition, Bruce McCaw and his wife, Jolene, made a large donation last year to the Talaris Research Institute.

Photograph of Stacey and Dennis Barsema courtesy of Northern Illinois University.