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Mark McAndrew, a resident of McKinney, Texas, has given $2.4 million to the University of Missouri School of Medicine to create the Frances T. McAndrew Endowed Chair in Oncology. $400,000 of the gift will fund MU cancer researcher Fred Hawthorne’s innovative research on boron-neutron therapy as a treatment for cancer. McAndrew says the gift is [...]

The Wilson Sheehan Foundation has made a $15 million gift to the University of Notre Dame to endow the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), a recent University initiative that seeks to reduce poverty in the United States. “We are immensely grateful to the Wilson Sheehan Foundation for a gift that supports the missions of both the foundation [...]

There’s the Ice Bucket Challenge. And now there’s the Rice Bucket Challenge. More than a million people worldwide have poured buckets of ice water over their heads as part of a fund-raising campaign for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. But when word of the challenge made its way to India, where more than 100 million people lack access [...]

The U.S. Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund has announced more than $195.4 million in grants to help boost lending to and investments in primary care practices in low-income areas nationwide. Grants were awarded to a hundred and eighty-five organizations to increase their lending and investments in low-income and economically distressed communities, including Native American, Alaska Native, [...]

Napa Valley’s winemakers are making a major charitable contribution to help with the recovery from Sunday’s 6.0 earthquake. At a news conference on Wednesday, Napa Valley Vintners announced a $10 million donation to establish the Napa Community Disaster Relief Fund. Russ Weis, chair of the Napa Valley Vintners Association and the general manager at Silverado Cellars, [...]

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 [...]