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Yale University made a special $8.5 million payment to former president Richard C. Levin, an unprecedented lump-sum payout highlighting the increasingly lucrative compensation for leaders at the nation’s top universities. The “additional retirement benefit,” distributed after Mr. Levin stepped down at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year, was disclosed in Yale’s latest federal tax [...]

Northern Virginia’s Inova Health System has received a $50 million gift from building mogul Dwight Schar and his wife, Martha, to establish a center for cancer research, The Washington Post reports. Besides treating patients, the Inova Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer Institute, scheduled to open as part of a 117-acre medical campus the hospital network is developing [...]

The Oregon softball team keeps winning – on and off the field. As the Ducks prepare to host the NCAA super regional round for a fourth straight year at Howe Field, the program also received some good news about its future home. The university announced on Tuesday that alum Bob Sanders has donated an additional [...]

The Newman family, owners of Newman Signs, has made the “largest one-time gift” to the University of Jamestown for its proposed sports arena and established scholarships for the university’s nursing program. The amount of the donation was not disclosed by the Newman family or UJ officials. Kari Newman Ness said Friday the family thought the [...]

University of Oregon alum Bob Sanders has donated an additional $6 million to complete the Jane Sanders Stadium project, athletics director Rob Mullens announced on Tuesday. After receiving an initial donation of $10 million from Sanders to build a new softball stadium honoring his late wife Jane, the Oregon athletics department started fundraising to meet [...]

Inova’s plan to develop a medical campus dedicated to cancer research, genomics and personalized medicine is getting a major boost from someone who knows a thing or two about building. Dwight C. Schar, founder and chairman of homebuilding and mortgage giant NVR, and his wife Martha are giving the hospital system $50 million to develop a cancer research [...]

A $2.5 million gift from St. Olaf College alumnus Steven Fox ’77 will provide significant support for the theater program and students interested in studying abroad. Fox’s gift will establish two endowed funds. The first fund of $500,000 will benefit the St. Olaf Theater Department. The second fund of $2 million will provide financial aid [...]

In a rare joint action with attorneys general for each of the 50 states, the Federal Trade Commission says four cancer charities run by extended members of the same family conned donors out of $187 million from 2008 through 2012 and spent almost nothing to help actual cancer patients. Each of the charities charged were the subject [...]

A $36 million gift from the O’Donnell Foundation has enabled UT Southwestern Medical Center to create a new brain institute in Dallas, it was announced Monday. The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute at UT Southwestern, which already is recognized as a leader in [...]

The University of Miami’s plan to build a biomedical research powerhouse capable of training the next generation of physician-researchers and public health leaders took a giant stride forward this month with the help of a longtime benefactor. Stuart Miller, chairman of the Miami-based homebuilding and mortgage giant Lennar Corporation, and his family announced Monday that [...]