North­eastern alumni Richard D’Amore and Alan McKim invested a com­bined $60 mil­lion in the university’s school of busi­ness last fall, placing them among the nation’s 50 most gen­erous donors to non­profit orga­ni­za­tions in 2012.

According to a report released Monday by The Chron­icle of Phil­an­thropy, D’Amore and McKim both ranked 40th among America’s biggest givers, with each con­tributing $30 mil­lion. Other notable names on the list include busi­ness mag­nate Warren Buf­fett, film­maker Steven Spiel­berg, and Face­book co-​​founder Mark Zuckerberg.

D’Amore is a co-​​founder and gen­eral partner at North Bridge Ven­ture Part­ners, a ven­ture cap­ital firm based in Waltham, Mass. McKim is the founder and CEO of Clean Har­bors, the nation’s leading provider of envi­ron­mental, energy and indus­trial services.

Their com­bined gift rep­re­sents the largest phil­an­thropic invest­ment in Northeastern’s his­tory. As a result of their gen­erous con­tri­bu­tion, the university’s Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion was offi­cially named the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness.

A gift is about a pas­sion and a part­ner­ship to make a dream come true and to leave a legacy,” said Joseph E. Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern. “Rich and Alan’s unprece­dented invest­ment in their alma mater will advance North­eastern to new heights and will keep their legacy alive forever.”

Both D’Amore and McKim grew up in the Boston area and enrolled in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion as under­grad­u­ates. Although both dropped out, they were each drawn back to the col­lege that would later become their alma mater and, ulti­mately, bear their names. D’Amore received an under­grad­uate busi­ness degree and McKim a master’s in busi­ness administration.

Over the past five years, D’Amore and McKim have become actively engaged with the uni­ver­sity as mem­bers of the Board of Trustees. Their prior gifts focused on inno­va­tion and entre­pre­neur­ship, core values that span col­leges and dis­ci­plines at Northeastern.

Rich D’Amore and Alan McKim are won­derful rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the lasting bonds cre­ated between North­eastern and the stu­dents who come here,” said Diane MacGillivray, senior vice pres­i­dent for uni­ver­sity advance­ment. “I am not sur­prised that two of the top 50 phil­an­thropists in the nation are North­eastern alumni. Nor am I sur­prised that North­eastern inspired them to make such gen­erous and heart­felt gifts. It speaks directly to the kind of insti­tu­tion we are and the incred­ible com­mu­nity of alumni who remain com­mitted to our success.”

In a cel­e­bra­tion of the naming of the school of busi­ness last October, they both expressed their appre­ci­a­tion for the role North­eastern has played in their suc­cess. D’Amore char­ac­ter­ized his invest­ment as a vote of con­fi­dence in Northeastern’s stu­dents, fac­ulty, and senior leaders, all of whom, he said, have remained true to the university’s long­standing “prac­tical, prag­matic and real-​​world orientation.”

In his remarks, McKim noted that studying at North­eastern has “helped shaped who I am as a pro­fes­sional but more impor­tantly as an individual.”

He also chal­lenged young researchers and entre­pre­neurs to make a world­wide dif­fer­ence through class, co-​​op, and extra-​​curricular oppor­tu­ni­ties. “I know this gift will shape tomorrow’s busi­ness leaders and entre­pre­neurs who will create inno­va­tions that will improve our lives,” he said. “I hope stu­dents will take advan­tage of what this unique cul­ture has to offer.”