Columbia University received 2 of top 10 largest charitable donations in 2017

2017 was a record year for exceptionally high charitable donations, with three donations of $1 billion or more making their way to various organizations. The 10 largest donations totaled $10.2 billion — with two of those donations going toward New York City-based Columbia University's medical school and affiliated hospital, CNBC reports.

This year's $10.2 billion figure is more than double the amount of the 10 largest donations made in 2016, which totaled $4.3 billion, according to data compiled by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, an independent news organization based in Washington, D.C.

Here are the top 10 largest donations made in 2017, including the donor, the amount and the organization that received the funds.

  1. Bill and Melinda Gates donated $4.6 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  2. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan donated $1.9 billion to the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation
  3. Michael and Susan Dell donated $1.9 billion to the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
  4. Henry Hillman donated $800 million to the Hillman Family Foundations
  5. Florence Irving donated $600 million to the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Herbert Irving Pavilion (New York City)
  6. Helen Diller Foundation donated $500 million to UC San Francisco
  7. P. Roy and Diana Vagelos donated $250 million to the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (New York City)
  8. A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation donated $219.5 million to the University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)
  9. Henry and Susan Samueli donated $200 million to UC Irvine (Calif.)
  10. Jack and Laura Dangermond donated $165 million to the Nature Conservancy

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