Children’s Hospital Receives $25 Million for Pediatrics, and Dartmouth Lands $20 Million for DEI in STEM Fields
A roundup of notable gifts compiled by the Chronicle:
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Richard Wood Jr. and his family gave $25 million to establish the Richard D. Wood Jr. Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. The money will support a range of new clinical, educational, and research programs within the center and endow a chair in pediatric surgical science and fellowships in that field.
Wood is chairman emeritus and former chairman and CEO of Wawa, a company that operates convenience stores and gas stations throughout the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the country. He joined the company as a lawyer in 1970 and became CEO in 1981. He led the company until stepping down in 2004.
The Wood family founded the company as it is known today in 1964, but the business dates to an iron foundry that the family started in 1803. The Woods moved into textiles and dairy farming in the late 19th century and from there into the grocery business.
Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe and her husband, John Donahoe, donated $20 million for programs aimed at boosting the participation of historically underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Part of the gift will endow and expand the E.E. Just Program, which seeks to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing degrees and careers in STEM fields. The Donahoes’ gift will help pay for mentorship, networking, and academic enrichment programs; and undergraduate internship and research opportunities.
Earnest Everett Just was a pioneering African-American biologist best known in scientific circles for his discovery of the fundamental role of the cell surface in the development of organisms. He was valedictorian of Dartmouth’s class of 1907 and went on to lead Howard University’s Department of Zoology from 1912 unto this death in 1941.
The money will be used to create a faculty fellowship program to support six early-career faculty members in the STEM disciplines, as well as back faculty recruiting and retention efforts in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Geisel School of Medicine, and Thayer School of Engineering. The creation of the fellowship formalizes a pilot program that Dartmouth undertook in 2015 as one of three U.S. universities to receive a Mellon Planning Grant for building faculty diversity and inclusion from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, a 1981 Dartmouth alumnus, is executive director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University and has served as a U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Council. John Donahoe, a 1982 Dartmouth alumnus, is the CEO of Nike, and previously served as CEO of eBay, PayPal, and a worldwide managing director at the management consulting firm Bain & Company. Three of the couple’s four children are also Dartmouth graduates.
University of California at San Diego Health
Hanna and Mark Gleiberman gave $12 million to support programs at the Head and Neck Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, which has been named for them. The money will go toward clinical trials, a fellowship program, and faculty-retention efforts. It will also endow research, support patient care, and pay for services not covered by health insurance for those who cannot afford them.
Mark Gleiberman founded and leads MG Properties Group, a San Diego real-estate investment firm. He serves as trustee of the UC San Diego Foundation Board and is a founding board member of the UC San Diego Real Estate and Development program. The Gleibermans previously initiated and supported a special university class on homelessness.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Kenneth Griffin donated $10 million to create an exhibition called Exploring the Planets, which will focus on our solar system and how planetary exploration helps enhance people’s understanding of Earth. The exhibit is scheduled to open next year.
Griffin founded the Citadel Investment Group, a hedge fund in Chicago. He is a prolific donor who primarily gives through his donor-advised fund, the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund, and mostly supports universities and arts and culture institutions. His biggest gifts are $150 million to Harvard in 2014, $125 million to the University of Chicago in 2017, and $125 million to the Museum of Science and Industry in 2019.
Friends of the Children
Diana Tomseth pledged $6 million through her grant maker, Echo Fund, to establish the Friends of the Children Social Impact Fund. Part of the donation will be used to expand the charity’s partnerships with nonprofits in rural and tribal communities in Washington State.
Friends of the Children pairs struggling children with paid, professional mentors who help to see the child through a range of obstacles from as early as age 4 through high-school graduation.
Tomseth is the granddaughter of the late Les Schwab, who founded Les Schwab Tire Centers, a chain of tire-service and retail stores in the U.S. West. She served on the company’s Board of Directors from 1983 until 2020, when the business was bought by Meritage Group, a San Francisco hedge fund.
Florida International University
Jorge Mas and his family donated $5 million to build a new home for CasaCuba, the university’s center for the study of Cuban affairs and preservation of Cuban culture. The new building will house galleries for a wide range of exhibits and space for events, classes, performances, and other programming.
Mas is managing owner of Inter Miami CF, Miami’s Major League Soccer team, and chairman of MasTec, a Coral Gables, Fla., infrastructure construction firm. The firm was created by his late father, Jorge Mas Canosa, a Cuban-American exile who founded the Cuban American National Foundation and became an influential businessman and lobbyist.
To learn about other big donations, see our database of gifts of $1 million or more, which is updated regularly.