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“Charities and individual philanthropies have given generously and they can make a big difference,” President Obama emphasized yesterday during his announcement of U.S. plans for addressing Ebola. Indeed, one nonprofit has had a huge impact from the start of this outbreak. Doctors Without Borders established the first treatment centers back in March after officials confirmed [...]

Construction of a $34 million College and Careers Building at the University of Oregon is a giant step closer thanks to a lead $10 million gift. The university on Thursday announced the gift from Eugene philanthropists Willie and Don Tykeson. The planned building will house the College of Arts and Sciences, which includes 49 undergraduate [...]

In one of the largest gifts ever to a U.S. law school, Drexel University received $50 million from acclaimed attorney Tom Kline. The school also renamed their law school after him on Wednesday – the Thomas R. Kline School of Law. “This is a proud day for me,” said Kline. Kline, of the law firm Kline & [...]

An anonymous benefactor has given Lawrence University $25 million — its largest gift ever — to support student scholarships, it was announced today. The dollar-for-dollar matching gift will result in $50 million in additional endowment to help offset the costs of a Lawrence education for students, a statement released by the university stated. “A gift [...]

With construction cranes, stacks of rebar and hard hat-wearing workers in the background, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science on Monday announced its first major corporate donor. Baptist Health South Florida has committed $5 million to the downtown Miami museum, set to open in 2016, for a section devoted to health and wellness. Officials [...]

At a time when wrestling programs across the country are struggling, a $5 million gift from prominent geologist David Lehman, a 1968 alumnus, will endow Franklin & Marshall College’s NCAA Division I wrestling program for generations of student-athletes to come. The gift establishing the “David H. Lehman Endowed Wrestling Program Fund” will fully endow wrestling [...]

University of Notre Dame graduate Mark Gallogly and his wife, Lise Strickler, have made a $10 million gift to the University to endow the Rev. James E. McDonald, C.S.C., Center for Student Well-Being. “The health of our students is an utmost priority, and the McDonald Center will enable us to more effectively and comprehensively support [...]

Oculus VR co-founder and CEO Brendan Iribe is donating $31 million to the University of Maryland to help build a computer science building for cutting-edge research in virtual reality. Iribe dropped out of UMD his freshman year to pursue video game technology ventures before going on to start Oculus. His donation, the largest gift in [...]

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) announced today it has received a $10 million gift, the largest single gift in its history, to name the USFSP College of Business. Effective immediately, and with formal approval from the USF System Board of Trustees, the College becomes the Kate Tiedemann College of Business. “We are [...]

The National Science Foundation has announced grants totaling $11.75 million in support of a public-private partnership that aims to transform cancer research and treatments. The grants — $5 million from NSF, $2.75 million from the National Cancer Institute, and a total of $4 million from Stand Up to Cancer and the V Foundation for Cancer Research — [...]