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Donations by individuals and family foundations

A sampling of contributions of $500,000 or more made or announced to Virginia nonprofits in 2015.

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Donor Location Donation recipient Donation
amount
Dwight and Martha Schar Reston Inova Health System $50,000,000
The late James Frye1 Richmond Community Foundation Serving
Richmond and Central Virginia
20,000,000
C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Foundation Glen Allen Virginia Commonwealth University 16,000,000
Peterson Family Foundation Fairfax George Mason University 10,000,000
The late Alan Pearson1 Lynchburg Centra Foundation 6,500,000
Sue H. and John W. Gerdelman2 Williamsburg College of William & Mary 4,000,000
Inger Rice Richmond Virginia Commonwealth University 2,300,000
The late Frances Lightfoot Robb1 Williamsburg College of William & Mary 2,000,000
H. Elizabeth McLeod and J. Goodenow Tyler III Norfolk College of William & Mary 1,500,000
Josephine McPherson and Donald Heslep2 Richmond University of Mary Washington 1,250,000
Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Jr. 3 Henrico Virginia Tech 1,000,000
The Estate of Robert L. Turner Blacksburg Virginia Tech 1,000,000
Jane Parke Batten4 Norfolk University of Virginia 1,000,000
H. William Coogan Jr.; Theresa Kost Riddle4 Midlothian University of Virginia 1,000,000
Barbara J. Fried4 Crozet University of Virginia 1,000,000
Robert D. and Molly G. Hardie4 Richmond University of Virginia 1,000,000
Manning Family Foundation4 Charlottesville University of Virginia 1,000,000
The Estate of Paul Mellon4 Middleburg University of Virginia 1,000,000
Richard D. and Shirley H. Roberts Virginia Beach James Madison University 1,000,000
The Estate of Ian Stevenson4 Charlottesville University of Virginia 1,000,000
The Estate of Robert Thomson4 Charlottesville University of Virginia 1,000,000
James W. and Sharon K. Todd4 McLean University of Virginia 1,000,000
Mr. and Mrs. Russell A. Hitt5 Falls Church Inova Health System 1,000,000
Mr. and Mrs. Gary D. Mather5 McLean Inova Health System 1,000,000
Lauren Peterson5 Fairfax Inova Health System 1,000,000
Patsy K. Pettus Richmond Virginia Commonwealth University 1,000,000
John Rathbone2 Norfolk College of William & Mary 1,000,000
Richard D. & Shirley H. Roberts Virginia Beach James Madison University 1,000,000
Richard Thurmond Virginia Beach Old Dominion University 1,000,000
Warren F. Chauncey6 Virginia Beach University of Virginia 500,000
Mr. and Mrs. Alan J. Dabbiere6 McLean Inova Health System 500,000
The Estate of Lois Wood Dickerson6 Newport News Virginia Tech 500,000
Eugene V. Fife Family Foundation6 Charlottesville Virginia Tech 500,000
Ray D. and Violet T. Frith6 Bassett Virginia Tech 500,000
Anthony F. Markel6 Manakin-Sabot University of Virginia 500,000
Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Moore6 Herndon Inova Health System 500,000
The Oakwood Foundation6 Charlottesville University of Virginia 500,000
Allen Fiske Voshell Jr.6 Charlottesville University of Virginia 500,000
Heather and Ryan Zimmerman6 Great Falls University of Virginia 500,000
Aimee and Frank Batten Jr. Foundation Norfolk James Madison University 500,000
Craig C. and Kimberly G. Bram Richmond James Madison University 500,000
Kenneth Hall Virginia Beach Old Dominion University 500,000

1  Bequest
2  Commitment/pledge
3  $1 million+
4  $1 million-$2 million
5  $1 million to $4,999,999
6  $500,000-$999,999

Sources: Annual reports, websites, news releases, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Virginia Business survey


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