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The donation was made by longtime supporters and benefactors Carol and George Bauer of Wilton.
The Guggenheim's announcement follows action by three London art institutions that rejected Sackler donations.
The Levitts' summer residence in Westport inspired them to create the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in 1974.
“The existing tiger habitat was built several decades ago and has been on our wish list to expand and renovate,” zoo Director Gregg Dancho said.
“We’re fortunate in that the communities we serve like to be a part of us reaching our goals,” said Greenwich Hospital COO Diane Kelly.
Bob Forrester, president and CEO of the Westport-based foundation, said the new site is "aimed at filling a void of coverage about the philanthropic world."
“When you can raise over $1 million in 24 hours for area nonprofits, it is a very good day," Fairfield County’s Community Foundation President and CEO Juanita James said.
The 24-hour event kicks off at midnight on March 1 and encourages donations of as little as $10 to nonprofits serving the social, economic, educational and cultural needs of the region.
To date, the Westport-based foundation has provided grants to more than 7,600 charitable organizations, averaging about $30 million in grants per year.
Philanthropists George and Carol Bauer are funding the new four-story, 8,600-square-foot center, which will house the university’s venture programs.