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Philanthropic Highlights

Philanthropic Highlights

SUNY highlights philanthropic endeavors throughout our system. Here is a sampling of the major gifts that have had an enormous impact on SUNY. Join us in celebrating these donors and their generosity.

Monroe Community College alumni, Robin ‘80 and Tim Wentworth ’80, donated $2.25 million dollars to their alma mater in late 2013. The gift established 40 full scholarships and is the largest gift in campus history.

During their capital campaign, SUNY Orange received a $10 Million gift from the Kaplan Family Charitable Foundation. The generous support helped begin the construction of the aptly named building, Kaplan Hall, and began the expansion of the Newburgh campus.

Lynne Parks Hoffman, SUNY Cortland Class of 1968 and Alumni House Trustee, gave $1 Million Dollars to the campus. She became the school’s first individual million dollar donor and because of her gift, the Alumni House is now named Lynne Parks ’68 SUNY Cortland Alumni House. 

Jim and Marilyn Simons donated a historical $150 Million to Stony Brook University. The gift is considered one of the top ten gifts to public education in America. It will have a lasting impact on Stony Brook University and SUNY as the gift focuses on Research in Excellence in the School of Medicine, Endowed and Strategic Donor-Driven Recruitment, and Supporting Graduate Students and Undergraduate Merit-Based Scholarships.

Morrisville State College created the Sheila Johnson Institute with a $1 Million donation from Sheila Johnson, the most generous individual benefactor in Morrisville State College history. Sheila Johnson has given multiple gifts for scholarships, academic enrichment, and leadership programs for economically disadvantaged students.