11 largest gifts from individuals to healthcare organizations in 2016

Here are the top 11 gifts, pledges and bequests from individuals to hospitals or health organizations within the past year.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy maintains a database of recent gifts of $1 million or more made by individuals to charitable institutions. Please note several gifts are of equal value, meaning more than 11 are listed.

Giving figures are based on donations announced to date by the donors or their beneficiaries. In cases of bequests, most of the figures are estimates because the wills have not been settled.

This list contains gifts ordered under "Health" and "Medical Research" by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

*Editor's note: This list was revised Nov. 23 at 11:15 a.m. CT to include The Marcus Foundation's gift to Piedmont Healthcare, which was not included in The Chronicle of Philanthropy. It was also revised Dec. 1 at 9:00 a.m. to include Ernest Tschannen's gift to UC Davis Health System, which was not included in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

1. $75 million to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (New York City)
Donor: The Steven and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation. Mr. Cohen founded SAC Capital Advisors, a hedge fund.
Details: The donation will fund a new hospital, named after the couple, for prenatal and postnatal care.

1. $75 million to Piedmont Healthcare (Atlanta)
The Marcus Foundation. Bernie Marcus is cofounder of The Home Depot.
Details: The gift, the second largest gift ever made to a U.S. community hospital, will establish the Marcus Heart and Vascular Center.

2. $50 million to the Stamford (Conn.) Hospital Foundation
Donor: Kingsley and Kenyon Gillespie. Mr. Kingsley Gillespie owned a Stamford, Conn., area radio station and was the publisher of two newspapers, the Stamford Advocate and the Greenwich Times. Upon his death in 1984, he left his estate to his son Kenyon, who, before his death in 2015, increased the Gillespie family's assets through investments.
Details: The $50 million is part of a $100 million bequest will go toward the Stamford Hospital Foundation. MIT, the Rotary Club of Stamford (Conn.), First Presbyterian Church of Stamford (Conn.), Setauket (N.Y.) Presbyterian Church and Stony Brook, N.Y.-based Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages will each receive approximately $10 million.

3. $38.5 million to UC Davis Health System
Donor: Ernest Tschannen. Mr. Tschannen, a 91-year-old Switzerland native, is a real estate investor. He first underwent eye surgery at UC Davis Health System in 2000.
Details: Mr. Tschannen's gift is the largest from an individual in UC Davis' history. It will support the UC Davis Eye Center and the Center for Vision Wellness.

4. $25 million to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Donor: Brian and Aileen Roberts and family. Mr. Roberts, chairman of Comcast, is a former member of the hospital's board of directors.
Details: The gift will fund pediatric genetics research and development.

4. $25 million to the Jupiter (Fla.) Medical Center Foundation
Donor: Anonymous
Details: The gift, which is the largest in the foundation's history, is going toward a new cancer institute.

5. $20 million to Rochester (N.Y.) Regional Health
Donor: Rob Sands, CEO of Constellation Brands, a beer, wine and spirits company.
Details: The gift will fund the Sands-ConstellationCenter for Critical Care, a 7-story building expected to open in 2020.

5. $20 million to the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (San Francisco)
Donor: Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn, and his wife, Michelle Yee.
Details: The pledge will support research among scholars from Stanford (Calif.) University, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco.

5. $20 million to the Intermountain Foundation (Salt Lake City)
Donor: Kem Gardner, founder of the Gardner Company, a real estate firm. Mr. Gardner is chairman of the Intermountain Foundation's board.
Details: The pledge will be used to build the Intermountain Transformation Center, which will be home to institutes that train medical and healthcare professionals.

6. $16 million to Riddle Hospital (Media, Pa.)
John Bancker Gribbel. In 1947, Mr. Gribbel died at age 63. He and his family were patients of the former Media Hospital and of Charles Schoff, MD, who founded the hospital in 1909. Dr. Schoff also cared for Samuel Riddle, a businessman and racehorse owner. When Mr. Riddle died in 1951, he stipulated part of his estate to build a better hospital — which opened in 1963 as Riddle Hospital.
Details: The donation is from a trust established by Mr. Gribbel's will. It will be used to form an endowment supporting patient care.

7. $15 million to Nationwide Children's Hospital (Columbus, Ohio)
Donor: Ann Wolfe, the widow of John Wolfe, former publisher of the Columbus Dispatch. Mr. Wolfe died in June 2016.
Details: The gift go toward research imaging capabilities and support for endowed chair opportunities.

8. $10.75 million to the University of Michigan Depression Center (Ann Arbor)
Donor: Kenneth and Frances Eisenberg. Mr. Eisenberg serves as chairman and CEO of Kenwal Steel Corporation.
Details: The gift will expand research endeavors on depression and potential treatments. It will also endow a professorship, future research programs and awards for early-career leaders and strong leadership in the field.

9. $10 million to the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Research Center (Baltimore)
Donor: The Steven and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation. Mr. Cohen founded SAC Capital Advisors, a hedge fund.
Details: The gift will enable the center to conduct research on Lyme disease and develop new treatments. It will be divided among three research teams led by John Aucott, MD, Ying Zhang, MD, and Brian Schwartz, MD.

9. $10 million to the American Cancer Society (Atlanta)
Donor: Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. Mr. Schulze is the founder of Best Buy.
Details: This is a challenge gift, a noncontingent gift through which other donors are also challenged to support the same organization. It will go toward the development of a new cancer treatment center in Houston.

9. $10 million to Nantucket (Mass.) Cottage Hospital
Donor: Bruce and Elisabeth Percelay. Mr. Percelay is founder and chairman of the real estate firm Mount Vernon Company. The couple's two children were born at the hospital.
Details: The donation will go toward Nantucket Cottage Hospital's capital campaign, including campus redesigns and on-campus housing for medical staff.

9. $10 million to the Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center (Peoria, Ill.)
Donor: William Shepard, founder of brokerage company Shepard International and co-owner of investment firm Jump Trading.
Details: The gift will enable Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center to expand its library of 3D-printed hearts.

9. $10 million for the BRCA Foundation (San Francisco)
Donor: Evan Goldberg, cofounder of NetSuite, which makes business management software.
Details: The gift creates the foundation, a collaboration between UCSF, Stanford and Harvard. The BRCA Foundation strives to accelerate research into cancers caused by the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Individuals who have inherited mutations of the genes are at increased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

9. $10 million to Rady Children's Hospital (San Diego)
Donor: The Joseph Clayes III Charitable Trust. Prior to his death in 2007, Mr. Clayes was a real estate investor and avocado farmer.
Details: The bequest will create the Joseph Clayes III Research Center for Neuro-Oncology and Genomics. It will also support a chair in neuro-oncology research, a neuro-oncology research fund, a neuro-oncology research fellowship and education fund. All of them will be named after Mr. Clayes.

9. $10 million to the Children's Medical Center Foundation (Dallas)
Donor: The Pogue Family Foundation. Mack and Jean Pogue are the cofounders of Lincoln Property, a Dallas-based commercial real estate management company.
Details: The Children's Medical Center Foundation will use the gift to recruit and retain pediatric cancer researchers for the Children's Medical Center Research at Dallas-based UT Southwestern. This gift is twice as much the Pogue Family Foundation's previous gifts to the foundation in 2001 ($3 million) and 2008 ($5 million).

9. $10 million to the Rehabilitation Institution of Chicago
Donor: The Harris Family Foundation, which is overseen by King and Caryn Harris. Mr. Harris serves as chairman of Chicago-based Harris Holdings, a private investment firm.
Details: The gift will create the Center for Engineering in Neurorehabilitation, which will provide therapy for individuals who have had strokes, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries or other neurological or neuromuscular disorders.

9. $10 million to Mayo Clinic Jacksonville (Fla.)
Donor: John and Carolyn Sonnentag. They made the donation to honor Mr. Sonnentag's surgeon, Robert E. Wharen Jr., MD.
Details: The donation will establish the John H. and Carolyn O. Sonnentag Fund for Neurosurgery Residency in Florida, which will endow programs to educate neurosurgery residents at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville.

9. $10 million to Children's of Mississippi (Jackson)
Donor: Joe F. Sanderson Jr. and Kathy Sanderson. Mr. Sanderson serves as CEO of Sanderson Farms, a poultry company.
Details: The $10 million pledge, which will be paid over five years, will benefit Children's of Mississippi's capital campaign, which the Sandersons chair.

9. $10 million to the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund (Eugene, Ore.)
Donor: Philip H. and Penelope Knight. Mr. Knight is the cofounder of Nike.
Details: The pledge will support the David B. Frohnmayer Scientific Research Fund, which is a fund within the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund. The pledge will accelerate the pace of clinical trials, gene therapies, drug testing and other treatments for individuals with Fanconi anemia.

10. $7 million to Holy Cross Hospital (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Phil Smith, founder of Phil Smith Automotive Group, which operates auto dealerships in North Carolina and Florida.
Details: The partial challenge gift will enable HolyCrossHospital to expand neurological care, especially for patients with Lou Gehrig's disease. A portion of the gift — $2 million — will match other donations made to the program.

11. $5 million to Rochester (N.Y.) Regional Health
Donor: The Riedman Foundation. John Riedman serves as chairman of the Riedman Corporation and as a director of Brown & Brown Insurance. He is a longtime Rochester General Hospital and Rochester Regional Health board member.
Details: The gift will fund a new patient facility at Rochester General, construction of which was set to begin in November. The $26 million, 76,000-square foot facility is named The Riedman Health Center in recognition of the gift.

11. $5 million to the Jupiter (Fla.) Medical Center Foundation
Donor: Peter O. and Missy Crisp. Mr. Crisp is the former managing partner of Venrock Associates, a venture capital firm.
Details: The gift will fund a new cancer institute. Coupled with the $25 million anonymous gift Jupiter Medical Center Foundation secured this year, the foundation raised more than half of the $50 million necessary to build the institute.

11. $5 million to the Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation (Napa, Calif.)
Donor: Ron and Betty Profili, co-owners of Bay Heritage Financial Corp., a real estate investment and development company. Mr. Profili serves on the foundation's board of trustees.
Details: In recognition of the Profilis' pledge, the Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation named its imaging center the Profili Imaging Center.

11. $5 million to MorseLife West Health System (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Donor: Stephen A. and Petra Levin. Mr. Levin serves as chairman of Gold Coast Beverage Distributors.
Details: The gift will help build a 300,000-square-foot independent living residence for senior citizens, which is expected to open in 2017. The facility will be called the Stephen and Petra Levin Tower in honor of the donors.

11. $5 million to Peconic Bay Medical Center (Riverhead, N.Y.)
Donor: The John and Elaine Kanas Family Foundation. Mr. Kanas served as CEO of North Fork Bancorporation before it was sold to Capital One in 2006.
Details: The donation, which is among the largest in the medical center's history, will establish the first comprehensive cardiac care program on eastern Long Island. In addition, the care program is part of Peconic Bay Medical Center's $60 million project to construct a new critical care tower. 

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