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

Analysis of the year's biggest philanthropists.
Jan. 22 2001 6:30 PM

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


50. LAWRENCE J. ELLISON$17.6 million to ELLISON MEDICAL FOUNDATION. The founder of the Oracle Corp., a computer-software company, Mr. Ellison, 56, founded the Ellison Medical Foundation, in Bethesda, Md., to support biomedical research on aging and age-related diseases. The foundation made grants totaling $17.2 million last year.

51. GARY WINNICK$17 million to several organizations, including the MUSEUM OF MODERN ART. Mr. Winnick, 53, is chairman of Global Crossing, a fiber-optics company, and Pacific Capital Group, a merchant bank. He also pledged $40 million to help build the Winnick Institute, in Jerusalem, to promote peace and tolerance. The institute, which is expected to be completed in 2004, will include a museum and a conference center.

52. WILLIAM D. HACKER—$16.8 million to the CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY. Mr. Hacker was a stock-market investor who worked as president of the distribution division of Elna, a sewing-machine manufacturer. He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Caltech in 1931. Of his bequest, $9.4 million was earmarked for Caltech's biology department; $8 million to help build the Broad Center for the Biological Sciences, a research facility that is expected to be completed in 2002; and $1.4 million for unrestricted use. In addition, Mr. Hacker designated $7 million for economics programs; $3 million for general support; $2.5 million to endow a professorship in economics and management and create a research fund for use by the professor; and $1.5 million for unrestricted support. Mr. Hacker also gave $1 million to create a loan fund to help students pay tuition and living expenses. The university will receive the remaining $600,000 from Mr. Hacker's estate this year. He died in 2000 at age 91.

53. WILLIAM J. CAREY—$16 million to the UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME (Michigan). Mr. Carey, a 1946 Notre Dame graduate, founded Congdon-Carey, a mineral-exploration company in Grand Junction, Colo. His gift will support the renovation of the Theodore M. Hesburgh Library, establish a scholarship fund, and finance the Erasmus Institute, which fosters scholarly work that emphasizes Catholic intellectual traditions. He died in 1997 at age 71.

53. KATHERINE R. (KAYE) LILLEHEI$16 million to the UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA-TWIN CITIES. Mrs. Lillehei gave the university's medical school a charitable lead trust in the Lillehei family's name to commemorate the work of her late husband, Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, who was a professor of heart surgery at the university and director of medical affairs at St. Jude Medical Inc., a manufacturer of medical devices in Minneapolis. Dr. Lillehei helped invent the pacemaker, an electronic device that regulates the heartbeat, and his work was instrumental in making heart surgery possible. Dr. Lillehei died from cancer in 1999 at age 80. Mrs. Lillehei earmarked $13 million of the gift to establish the Lillehei Heart Institute, and $3 million to endow the Katherine R. and C. Walton Lillehei Chair in Nursing Leadership.

53. DOUGLAS E. and COLLEEN ROGERS$15.3 million to WILLIAMS COLLEGE. Mr. Rogers, managing director of the private-equity division at Credit Suisse First Boston, in New York, and his wife gave four charitable-gift annuities to the college. The donation is earmarked for general endowment.

54. CYRUS and MYRTLE KATZEN—a total of $15 million, including art valued at $5 million, to AMERICAN UNIVERSITY. Two-thirds of the Katzens' gift will go toward construction of the Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Arts Center, which will house art and dance studios, classrooms, offices, and several galleries. The rest of the gift, estimated at $5 million, consists of an art collection donated by the Katzens. The collection, which will be displayed in one of the new center's galleries, includes works by Marc Chagall, Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol. Cyrus Katzen was a dental surgeon at Providence Hospital, in Washington, D.C., and president of the Culmore Realty Co., in Baileys Crossroads, Va. In addition, he co-founded two banks in Northern Virginia.

56. JEROME and MIRIAM KATZIN$15 million to the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SAN DIEGO. The Katzins' donation will help build a cancer center at the university. Mr. Katzin is a retired investment banker and lawyer and serves on the board of the cancer center's foundation.

56. CHRISTOPHER KLAUS$15 million to GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY. Mr. Klaus, 26, attended Georgia Tech but left before graduating to found Internet Security Systems, a provider of computer-security software and services in Atlanta. He made his gift to help build the Christopher Klaus Advanced Computing Technology Building, which will house the university's college of computing and its school of electrical and computer engineering.

56. GLADYS E. LANGROISE$15 million to IDAHO COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. Half of the proceeds from Mrs. Langroise's fund, at the Idaho Community Foundation, are earmarked for health, education, and child-welfare organizations, with special consideration for four groups—Albertson College, in Caldwell, Idaho; the Boise Philharmonic; St. Labre Indian School, in Ashland, Mont.; and the Warm Springs Counseling Center, in Boise, Idaho. Recipients of the remaining proceeds will be chosen by a committee of advisers chosen by the donor. Mrs. Langroise's husband, William H. Langroise, a lawyer and investor, died in 1981 at age 82. Mrs. Langroise died in 2000 at age 99.

56. WILLIAM and GRETCHEN KIMBALL$15 million to COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG. Mr. Kimball founded Kimball and Co., a management-consulting and investment company in San Francisco. The Kimballs' donation endowed the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund, which will support youth-education programs.