15th Largest Cash Gift of All-Time in Higher Education!

Posted on Friday, January 6, 2012



Western Michigan University made a historic announcement this morning — when its president, John M. Dunn shared this news with the world:

“Western Michigan University has received a cash gift totaling $100,000,000 from anonymous donors.”

In the 234-year history of Higher Education in the United States of America — this is the 15th largest cash gift ever given to a public or private university.  INCREDIBLE NEWS!!!

The Chronicle of Higher Education
monitors gifts to colleges and universities and here’s their most recent report (3/9/11) of the largest cash gifts ever given to a public or private college or university — with today’s gift to Western Michigan University factored in.

The Twenty-Seven Largest Cash Gifts All-Time to Public & Private Colleges and Universities in America:

  1. $400 million cash gift — Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, 1997
  2. $400 million cash gift — Stanford University, 2001
  3. $200 million cash gift — New York University, 2006
  4. $165 million cash gift — Oklahoma State University, 2006
  5. $144.2 million cash gift — Polytechnic University, 1998
  6. $136 million cash gift — Lesley University, 2008
  7. $136 million cash gift — Tufts University, 2008
  8. $125 million cash gift — University of Utah, 2000
  9. $125 million cash gift — University of Nebraska, 1998
  10. $120 million cash gift — University of Pennsylvania, 1993
  11. $120 million cash gift — University of Southern California, 1999
  12. $113 million cash gift — University of California at Berkley, 2007
  13. $110 million cash gift — University of Southern California, 1999
  14. $105 million cash gift — Indiana University at Bloomington, 2000
  15. $100 MILLION CASH GIFT –  WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, 2011
  16. $100 million cash gift — Amherst College, 2009
  17. $100 million cash gift — Oklahoma State University, 2008
  18. $100 million cash gift — Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007
  19. $100 million cash gift — Brown University, 2007
  20. $100 million cash gift — University of Virginia, 2007
  21. $100 million cash gift — Stanford University, 2006
  22. $100 million cash gift — Johns Hopkins University, 2006
  23. $100 million cash gift — University of Pennsylvania, 2002
  24. $100 million cash gift — University of Southern California, 2002
  25. $100 million cash gift — Johns Hopkins University, 2001
  26. $100 million cash gift — Stanford University, 2001
  27. $100 million cash gift — University of Pennsylvania, 1997
Source:  The Chronicle of Higher Education, updated on March 9, 2011