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Delaware State University has received a historic $1,050,000 grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation to permanently establish DSU’s Osher Reentry Scholarship Endowment, ensuring that significant scholarships will be annually available to nontraditional students. The Bernard Osher Foundation’s grant is also the largest scholarship contribution from a private source in the University’s 123-year history. The Osher [...]

Tufts Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital are joining forces to form a new health care system they say will offer lower-cost medical services from Southern New Hampshire to south of Boston at a time of changes sweeping through the industry. The alliance would link a 415-bed Boston teaching hospital that has been scrambling for a niche in the [...]

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah announced today a $12 million gift from Pierre Lassonde, bringing his total contribution to $25 million. The new donation will be used for a transformative building for student entrepreneurs. Estimated to cost $45 million, the 148,000-square-feet facility will unite 412 residences with 20,000-square-foot “garage” space for [...]

Despite an economic downturn and a blistering child sex-abuse scandal, Pennsylvania State University exceeded its $2 billion capital campaign goal – several months ahead of schedule. The university said it raised $2.158 billion during the seven-year campaign – $158 million over its goal and the largest amount raised in school history. The university announced the [...]

The Surdna Foundation’s Board of Trustees has approved the creation of an $18 million Program Related Investment (PRI) revolving fund to support its mission of fostering just and sustainable communities in the United States by using its capital to create economic and social value. The foundation also announced an investment from the Fund to support the growth of regional, [...]

Harvard University announced today that New York–based The Pershing Square Foundation (PSF), founded by alumni Bill Ackman ’88, M.B.A. ’92, and his wife, Karen Ackman, M.L.A. ’93, has awarded the University $17 million to catalyze the work of its Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative (FHB). Created to yield important discoveries about the basic mechanisms that [...]

Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™ and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the nation’s largest teen-serving organization, announce a groundbreaking five-year partnership to support teens on their path to graduate from high school; ready for a successful future. As part of the new commitment, the Taco Bell Foundation expects to provide a $30 million, multi-year [...]

National broadcast pioneer Milton Maltz, his wife, Tamar, and the Maltz Family Foundation have more than doubled a commitment to expand and renovate the historic Temple-Tifereth Israel into Case Western Reserve University’s performing arts center. The couple announced an additional $18 million in foundation and family funds to transform the building during Momentum, CWRU’s celebration of philanthropy held [...]

Gone are the days when non-profits needed to rely only on street canvassing and paper pleas for donations. Email and social media are quickly revolutionizing charity, and according to a new study from M+R and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), 2013 was the space’s best year yet. The study breaks down exactly how leading U.S. non-profits performed online in the [...]

Dartmouth today announces an unprecedented investment in the College’s academic enterprise. President Philip J. Hanlon ’77 accepted an anonymous gift of $100 million, the largest single outright donation in the College’s 244-year history, which also includes a 2-to-1 challenge to double the investment’s size to $200 million. The gift is offered as an unqualified endorsement [...]