B-School Chart of the Week: Which Schools Received the Most Generous Donations in 2014?

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Business schools often rely on deep-pocketed donors to fund everything from curricular overhauls and facility upgrades to scholarships and faculty hires. The benchmark for such contributions was set rather high in 2013. The $100M donated to Columbia Business School by Ronald O. Perelman and the $67M that the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University received from its eponymous donor, for example, may prove hard to beat.

Still, 2014 has seen some considerably generous donations thus far. Of particular note is an impressive $75M donation to the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida by the school’s namesake—the university’s largest gift ever. Similarly notable is the $40M pledged to the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas–Austin as part of a $60M gift from the Mulva Family Foundation.


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