The Frankels' collective gifts are among the largest to the health system and overall university. Shopping mall mogul A. Alfred Taubman has donated $140 million to the university, much of it to research institutes and buildings that bear his name. Philanthropists William and Delores Brehm have donated more than $60 million to support a range of projects and programs, including an eight-story addition to the Kellogg Eye Center and the founding of the Brehm Center for Diabetes Research & Analysis.
Earlier this month, the university announced that the wife of billionaire real estate mogul Sam Zell was giving $50 million to support the University of Michigan's acclaimed graduate writing program. Helen Zell, who earned her English degree at Michigan in 1964, has supported the Michigan program with smaller gifts totaling more than $10 million over more than a decade.