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Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, and his wife, Renda, have made a personal pledge of $5 million to support the Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC), a 430,000-square-foot facility that will transform the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. When completed in 2017, the EERC will house advanced teaching, [...]

The University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering will build a major new facility for nanoscale fabrication within the William Eckhardt Research Center, supported by a $15 million gift from the Pritzker Foundation. In recognition of the gift, the 12,000-square-foot facility in the heart of the Hyde Park campus will be named the Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility. With [...]

Delaware State University has received a historic $1,050,000 grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation to permanently establish DSU’s Osher Reentry Scholarship Endowment, ensuring that significant scholarships will be annually available to nontraditional students. The Bernard Osher Foundation’s grant is also the largest scholarship contribution from a private source in the University’s 123-year history. The Osher [...]

Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital are joining forces to form a new health care system they say will offer lower-cost medical services from Southern New Hampshire to south of Boston at a time of changes sweeping through the industry. The alliance would link a 415-bed Boston teaching hospital that has been scrambling for a niche in the [...]

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah announced today a $12 million gift from Pierre Lassonde, bringing his total contribution to $25 million. The new donation will be used for a transformative building for student entrepreneurs. Estimated to cost $45 million, the 148,000-square-feet facility will unite 412 residences with 20,000-square-foot “garage” space for [...]

Despite an economic downturn and a blistering child sex-abuse scandal, Pennsylvania State University exceeded its $2 billion capital campaign goal – several months ahead of schedule. The university said it raised $2.158 billion during the seven-year campaign – $158 million over its goal and the largest amount raised in school history. The university announced the [...]

The Surdna Foundation’s Board of Trustees has approved the creation of an $18 million Program Related Investment (PRI) revolving fund to support its mission of fostering just and sustainable communities in the United States by using its capital to create economic and social value. The foundation also announced an investment from the Fund to support the growth of regional, [...]

Harvard University announced today that New York–based The Pershing Square Foundation (PSF), founded by alumni Bill Ackman ’88, M.B.A. ’92, and his wife, Karen Ackman, M.L.A. ’93, has awarded the University $17 million to catalyze the work of its Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative (FHB). Created to yield important discoveries about the basic mechanisms that [...]

Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™ and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the nation’s largest teen-serving organization, announce a groundbreaking five-year partnership to support teens on their path to graduate from high school; ready for a successful future. As part of the new commitment, the Taco Bell Foundation expects to provide a $30 million, multi-year [...]

National broadcast pioneer Milton Maltz, his wife, Tamar, and the Maltz Family Foundation have more than doubled a commitment to expand and renovate the historic Temple-Tifereth Israel into Case Western Reserve University’s performing arts center. The couple announced an additional $18 million in foundation and family funds to transform the building during Momentum, CWRU’s celebration of philanthropy held [...]