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A Sacramento-based organization says it is the nation’s first bitcoin-based charity to receive nonprofit status. BitGive Foundation has been operating as an all-volunteer organization raising money for public-health and environmental causes for more than a year, executive director Connie Gallippi said. BitGive also is raising money for its own growth. The group has a goal to raise [...]

For 2014, the 23rd annual breast cancer awareness campaign from the Estée Lauder Companies will have more of a focus on digital and social media, executives say, and become a year-round initiative rather than be concentrated in October, when Breast Cancer Awareness Month is marked each year. Those changes in the campaign, which is scheduled to begin [...]

When it comes to $100 million, it’s pretty tough to keep a secret. Especially in a small state like Oregon, there are only a handful of people with that kind of money to donate. So the news leaked out, via Willamette Week, that the recent, very generous and once-anonymous donor to Oregon Health & Science University’s big [...]

A new international effort led by Cornell will seek to add a stronger voice for science and depolarize the charged debate around agricultural biotechnology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Supported by a $5.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Cornell Alliance for Science will help inform decision-makers and consumers through an online information [...]

In what is the largest single corporate gift in the history of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Costco Wholesale Corporation has made a $10 million philanthropic commitment to support the hospital’s mission of delivering the very best patient care to children in Southern California. In honor of this gift, the second floor of the Marion [...]

As the fall semester begins, the University of Arizona is getting a huge gift for the state’s first public veterinary medical and surgical program to train Doctors of Veterinary Medicine, which is set to launch a year from now. A $9 million donation is coming from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation. The UA College [...]

The University of Missouri School of Medicine announced a $2.4 million gift Thursday that creates the Frances T. McAndrew Endowed Chair in Oncology. Mark McAndrew donated the money to create a gift in honor of his aunt, the chair’s namesake. Frances McAndrew was a patient at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. “Frances was a tremendous [...]

LOS ANGELES — A $30 million gift from the foundation started by the co-founder of Farmers Insurance will go toward building a residence hall for up to 600 freshman honor students, the university announced today. “USC’s residential colleges provide supportive communities and contribute immensely to students’ academic and personal development,” said Ainsley Carry, vice provost [...]

Philanthropy is hot among tech leaders these days, and this crew is especially jazzed about crowdfunding, with its potential to disrupt nonprofit funding models, pushing aside dinosaurs like the Ford Foundation and giving power to Jane Q. Donor. All of which helps explain why guys like Sergey Brin and Tim Cook have been pouring ice water [...]

A Lynchburg College alumnus has left a record $5 million bequest to the college. Media outlets report Walter W. Ridgway Jr. left the college most of his estate upon his death in 2013 at age 91. He is a 1948 graduate of the college. It marks the largest gift ever to Lynchburg College. Full article [...]