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The Rubens Family Foundation has pledged $20 million over five years in support of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, GeekWire reports. The gift will support the expansion of WSOS, a public-private initiative that funds college scholarships for low- and middle-income students who are pursuing four-year degrees in the fields of health care and science, technology, [...]

The Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria has announced a gift of $9.6 million from the United Methodist Church to fight malaria in Africa. Some 12.5 million United Methodists around the world contributed to the Imagine No Malaria campaign through individual donations and grassroots fundraising efforts. The largest gift ever to the [...]

The Art Institute of Chicago has announced the largest gift of art in its history from local philanthropists Stefan T. Edlis and Gael Neeson. With a reported value of $400 million, the forty-two works donated by Edlis and Neeson include nine paintings by Andy Warhol as well as paintings, sculpture, and photographs by Jasper Johns, [...]

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced a $12 million gift from alumnus Sidney Lu to build a new innovation center within its Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. The gift will support construction of the Sidney Lu Center for Learning and Innovation in conjunction with the renovation of the Mechanical Engineering Building. The five-story, [...]

Villanova University has announced four gifts totaling $21.5 million from alumni in support of its College of Engineering. The gifts include a pledge of $13.5 million in cash and an estate gift from Sterling Construction Company CEO Paul J. Varello (’65) and his wife, Jan. The largest gift ever to the College of Engineering will [...]

Princeton University has announced a $10 million gift from an unidentified alumnus and his wife to help fund a music building that will be part of a new arts complex. To be named eventually for the donor, the 23,000-square-foot building will include performance and rehearsal space, acoustically advanced practice rooms and teaching studios, and a [...]

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the launch of the What Works Cities initiative, a $42 million effort to help a hundred U.S. cities use data and evidence more effectively to engage the public, make local government more responsive, and improve people’s lives. With the goal of helping midsize cities with between a hundred thousand and a [...]

Auburn University has announced a $57 million gift from alumni John W. (’57) and Rosemary K. Brown (’57). The largest gift in Auburn’s 160-year history will fund construction of a new performing arts center and a student achievement center in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. The gift was announced in conjunction with the kickoff [...]

Florida International University on Monday announced one of the largest donations in its history: a $20 million gift to the School of International and Public Affairs. The money will help FIU pursue a prestigious accreditation, construct a new building, establish scholarships and rename the school in honor of former Ambassador Steven Green, whose family foundation [...]

Northwestern University has announced a $10.5 million gift from alumni Muneer Satter and Kristen Hertel and the Satter Foundation in support of merit-based medical scholarships and other educational opportunities for deserving students. The gift includes $2 million in support of several programs and initiatives in Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy, including Project Excite, [...]