The Duke Endowment's $80 million gift to Duke University for a series of construction projects is the largest in school history.
It supplants another Duke Endowment gift at the top of the list - a $75 million gift in 2005 towards a financial aid initiative.
Other big gifts to Duke include:
- $70 million from Peter Nicholas in 2003 to the Nicholas School of the Environment
- $50 million from the Duke Endowment in 2008 for two uses - $35 million for a medical educational facility and $15 million for a pediatric care facility.
- $46.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2006 to accelerate the development of an HIV vaccine.
- $40 million from the Duke Endowment in 2007 for a strategic faculty initiative.