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Singapore scion Laurence Lien–cofounder of the new Asia Philanthropy Circle–wears the term “radical philanthropist” well. At age 45 this grandson of a banking tycoon is determined to change the face of Asian giving, taking it from an individual endeavor to a vibrant collaborative movement that spans the region. “For Asia this is the right time,” he says, noting [...]

The University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business got a $10.9 million shot in the arm that will put the names of Barry and Dana Collier atop the college’s student success program. The newly renamed Collier Student Success Center, dean Moez Limayem hopes, will bring the business school closer to its goal of 100 [...]

David M. Rubenstein will be honored with a 2015 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, the Carnegie Corporation of New York announced Tuesday. The awards are given to individuals who embody the spirit of Andrew Carnegie by dedicating their private wealth to the public good. Rubenstein, a co-founder and co-chief executive of the Carlyle Group, a Washington-based global [...]

The Agnon School in Beachwood has received a $17 million gift — and with it, a new name. The school announced Tuesday night, Aug. 25, that it received the gift from the Joseph and Florence Mandel Family Foundation. In recognition of the contribution, the school will be renamed the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School. [...]

Facebook has long been adding features to help business and organizations get more sales and interactions from the social network’s users, and now it’s added one for non-profits. As part of its call-to-action buttons for ads, Facebook added a “donate now” button for non-profits, according to a poston Monday. When creating ads, businesses can choose to [...]

The Scripps Institution Oceanography will launch a new Center for Climate Change with a $5 million gift from longtime UC San Diego supporters Richard and Carol Dean Hertzberg. “We’re giving this gift because we believe we’re all in it together,” said Richard Hertzberg at a press conference Monday. Hertzberg, president and CEO of energy companyENPEX Corp., said he believes that [...]

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. will help fund a technology center at Carnegie Mellon University where it will provide researchers as well as recruit in areas such as robotics and artificial intelligence. The school will announce the $35 million donation Tuesday to fund the 40,000-square-foot center at its campus in Pittsburgh. The collaboration was born at [...]

The largest donation Gustavus Adolphus College has ever received will pay for about a third of a major overhaul of the private school’s 53-year-old science building. The St. Peter, Minn., college received a $25 million gift Monday dedicated to the new $65 million Alfred Nobel Hall of Science currently in the planning stages. Previously, the [...]

Walmart Stores and its philanthropic arm, the Walmart Foundation are making a $25 million, five-year commitment to disaster preparation and recovery efforts. The announcement, timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, will be made today in New Orleans. Kathleen McLaughlin, the foundation’s president, said grants will be made in the United States and internationally. [...]

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said that he will cut back on his obligations at the Carter Center because of his cancer treatment but expressed confidence in the organization’s future. “The Carter Center is well prepared to continue on without any handicap if Rosalynn and I do back away from a lot of activities that [...]