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A University of Tampa residence hall will be named in honor of Howard and Patricia Jenkins after the couple donated $10 million to the university, one of the largest gifts in its history. The donation will go toward construction of another new residence hall, which is under way, university spokesman Eric Cárdenas said Thursday. Howard [...]

Charles Munger, Vice President of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., has donated just over $65 million dollars in stocks to UCSB to house visiting physicists. Munger’s contribution is the largest donation the university has ever received, surpassing Oracle CEO Jeff Henley’s 2012 gift of $50 million dollars. Munger is a frequent benefactor of the University [...]

With the largest single gift ever received by Michigan State University athletics, a family with deep ties to MSU will be making an extraordinary impact on campus. Alumni Bob and Julie Skandalaris are providing a $10 million facilities gift that enhances the Spartan football, golf and basketball programs, while providing momentum for MSU’s universitywide capital [...]

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 [...]

When Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and his wife, Priscilla Chan, donated $25 million last week to support the treatment of Ebola victims and their families, they gave the gift to the foundation that funnels private donations to the Centers for Disease Control, not one of the nonprofit groups that Americans typically shower with money during a humanitarian [...]

The J.T. and Margaret Talkington Foundation giving a generous gift to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Department of Internal Medicine. The donation is a total of $9 millions and will establish six endowed chairs within the HSC department. “It shows that we have in Lubbock, as next door neighbors, two world class institutions, [...]

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 [...]