The Slate60

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

31. JOHN H. and SUSAN SYKES$28 million to the UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA. Mr. Sykes, 64, founded Sykes Enterprises, an information-technology company in Tampa, Fla. The couple’s gift is for construction of the Ronald L. Vaughn Residence Hall and Student Center, scheduled to open this year. In 1997, the Sykeses gave the university $10 million to renovate a business-school building, which was renamed for Mr. Sykes, to endow the Center for Ethics, and to construct a chapel and intercultural center. Ms. Sykes is 43.

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32. JOHN J. and REBECCA MOORES—a total of $26.6 million to the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SAN DIEGO and the SAN DIEGO ZOO. Mr. Moores, 56, founder of BMC Software, which provides software for Internet commerce, and JMI Inc., an investment company, is the majority owner of the San Diego Padres. He and Mrs. Moores gave $20 million to the University of California at San Diego to help build a cancer center. It is scheduled to open in 2003. The couple also gave $6.6 million to the San Diego Zoo, $5.1 million of which was earmarked for the zoo’s Pacific Bell Giant Panda Research Station. The remainder will help build a new research facility at the Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species.

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33. GERHARD R. ANDLINGER$25 million to PRINCETON UNIVERSITY. Mr. Andlinger, 70, a 1952 graduate of Princeton, founded Andlinger and Co., a private investment company in Tarrytown, N.Y. A portion of his gift was earmarked for renovation of the Andlinger Humanities Center, which will house classrooms, offices, a library, and common space for humanities programs. The remainder was added to Princeton’s annual giving fund.

33. CHARLES F. and HELEN DOLAN$25 million to FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY. Mr. Dolan, 74, a trustee of Fairfield University, in Connecticut, founded Home Box Office, now owned by AOL Time Warner, and Cablevision Systems Corp., an entertainment and communications company in Bethpage, N.Y. The unrestricted gift is for Fairfield’s school of business, which will be renamed for Mr. Dolan. The money will be used for financial aid, endowed professorships, technology, and renovations.

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33. WILLIAM CLAY FORD$25 million to HENRY FORD MUSEUM AND GREENFIELD VILLAGE. Mr. Ford, 75, the last living grandson of Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Co., owns the Detroit Lions and serves as chairman emeritus of the Ford museum and village, both in Dearborn, Mich. Mr. Ford’s donation will be used to develop new exhibitions and programs on the history of innovation.

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33. DENNIS J. KELLER$25 million to the UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO. Mr. Keller, 68, who received a master’s degree in business administration from the university in 1968, is chairman of DeVry Inc., which operates the DeVry Institutes, a two-year and undergraduate college for business and computer science; the Keller Graduate School of Management, for business and computer science; the Center for Corporate Education, a continuing-education program; and the Becker CPA Review, a preparation course for the certified public accountant exam. The gift will be used to expand the endowment of the university’s graduate school of business.

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33. BRUCE and JOLENE McCAW$25 million to TALARIS RESEARCH INSTITUTE. The McCaws established the institute, in Seattle, to study infant and early childhood brain development. With his brothers, Craig, John, and Keith, Mr. McCaw, 53, founded McCaw Cellular Communications, in Kirkland, Wash., which was acquired by AT&T for $11.5 billion in 1994. Last year, the McCaw brothers gave a large donation to the Seattle Center Foundation to help renovate the Seattle Opera House.

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33. LEONARD and LOUISE RIGGIO$25 million to DIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS. Mr. Riggio, 59, is chief executive officer of the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain and chairman of Dia’s board. The Riggios’ gift will be used for acquisitions, maintenance of large outdoor sculptures, and construction of a facility in Beacon, N.Y., to display the center’s collection of artwork.

33. ALVIN J. and RUTH SITEMAN—a total of $25 million to WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY and BARNES-JEWISH HOSPITAL. Mr. Siteman, 72, chairman of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation and a member of the St. Louis hospital’s board, is president of the Siteman Organization, a real-estate developer in St. Louis, and chairman of two oil companies, both also in St. Louis. Mrs. Siteman, 68, received her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in 1975. The Sitemans’ gift will support cancer research, treatment, and education programs at the Washington University School of Medicine and the Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The joint program will be named the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center.

Photographs of: Susan and John H. Sykes courtesy of the University of Florida at Tampa; Dennis J. Keller courtesy of the University Chicago Graduate School of Business.

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