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During the holidays, especially, we are often told that it is better to give than to receive.

Some philanthropists took that mantra to heart and gave in a really big way in 2013.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy released a list featuring the top 10 gifts of last year and the 10 billionaires listed gave a total of over $3.4 billion to charities, organizations and learning institutions.

The top five most charitable donations are below.

• #5 -- Real estate developer and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross pledged $200 million to the athletic department and the business school at the University of Michigan, his alma mater.

• #4 -- Financier Charles Johnson of Franklin Templeton Investments pledged $250 million at Yale University, his alma mater, for new residential college buildings. Johnson is also the principal owner of the San Francisco Giants baseball team.

• #3 -- Businessman and former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged $350 million to Johns Hopkins University, his alma mater, hoping to promote cross-disciplinary studies and student financial aid.

• #2 -- Philip Knight, co-founder of Nike, and his wife, Penelope, pledged $500 million to Oregon Health and Science University Foundation to aid in cancer research. Knight is also an Oregon native.

• #1 -- Social media mogul Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, and his wife, Priscilla Chan, "provided 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $990-million, to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation." Zuckerberg and his wife ranked No. 2 on the 2012 most charitable list.

Real estate heiress Muriel Block, real estate developer John Arrillaga, Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs, Berkshire Hathaway VP Charles Munger and businessman David Koch rounded out the top 10.

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