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Giving to the nation’s biggest and most popular charities grew by nearly 11 percent last year, fueled largely by affluent donors, who are reordering the top ranks of America’s nonprofits, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual rankings of the 400 charities that collect the most from private sources. The rankings demonstrate a shake-up in the [...]

The Smithsonian Institution has raised $1 billion in an ambitious $1.5 billion fundraising campaign aimed at collectively strengthening its member institutions, officials said Monday. The national campaign is a first for the institution founded in 1846, Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough said at a Board of Regents meeting, where the campaign was made public. “It’s the largest, most [...]

Thanks to the largest gift in the school’s history, the University of Redlands has established a scholarship program to benefit future students. The $35 million donation comes from graduates Richard “Rich” and Virginia “Ginnie” Hunsaker. The Corona del Mar couple made the donation to finance the Richard and Virginia Hunsaker Scholarship Fund that will benefit [...]

Hawaii real estate mogul Jay Shidler is quadrupling his gift to the University of Hawaii business school that bears his name, increasing his initial $25 million gift to a total of $100 million, the largest gift ever from a single donor, university officials said Friday. Shidler, who followed up on the initial 2006 gift that renamed the school the [...]

The University of Oregon announced late Friday that it plans to raise $2 billion, double the record for fundraising by an Oregon university. Interim University President Scott Coltrane made the announcement to hundreds of UO partisans gathered under a large tent at Hayward Field on the university’s campus. Academic excellence, not athletics, will be the [...]

Incoming Florida State University President John Thrasher has said he wants to see his alma mater’s $1 billion capital campaign “put on steroids.” But before that happens, there will be a day-long celebration Friday including a public launch of the “Raise the Torch” campaign, which has already collected more than $600 million in donations and [...]

UConn is moving forward with plans to build a new soccer stadium, thanks in large part to a pledge of $8 million from a former player. Tony Rizza, a Wall Street investment manager, on Monday announced plans to match up to $5 million in donations for the stadium, which is planned to be built on [...]

The University of South Florida is getting a $25 million donation and a new name for its business school. The Tampa-based university announced that businessman Les Muma and his wife Pam are making the donation. In return, the business school will be renamed the USF Muma College of Business. Les Muma is a 1966 mathematics [...]

President Drew Faust and Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, are celebrating a major gift from Maryellie Kulukundis Johnson ’57 and Rupert H. Johnson Jr. to enhance the creative arts at Harvard. The $12.5 million investment will shape the future of the arts at Harvard — theater, visual arts, performing arts, music, [...]

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation today announced the selection of 14 Moore Investigators in Data-Driven Discovery. These scientists will catalyze new data-driven scientific discoveries through grants to their academic institutions totaling $21 million over five years. These unrestricted awards will enable the recipients to make a profound impact on scientific research by unlocking new [...]