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The Adelson Educational Campus, a Jewish private school in Summerlin, received a $50 million gift Wednesday from its founders, Miriam and Sheldon Adelson. Sheldon Adelson is chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. The goal for the school – started in 2006 – was to develop a learning environment like the Reali School in Haifa, […]

Canberra-born global commodities trader and billionaire Graham Tuckwell and his wife Louise have donated $50 million to the Australian National University to set up Australia’s version of the Rhodes Scholarship. Twenty-five Tuckwell Scholars will be chosen from across the country to study at the ANU each year in a program which will encourage good citizenship […]

A group of open-government advocates and foundation leaders is calling on Congress to require nonprofits to file their Form 990 informational tax forms with the Internal Revenue Service electronically and asking the IRS to work with third parties to create a public database of the information contained in the forms. While the IRS annually collects […]

On average, college and university endowments’ investments lost 0.3 percent in the last fiscal year, a sharp drop from the average return of 19.2 percent in fiscal 2011, according to a study by the Commonfund Institute and the National Association of College and University Business Officers, known as Nacubo. The returns were dragged down mostly by the dismal […]

The Task Force for Global Health in Decatur, Georgia has announced a five-year, $28.8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to establish the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center. The grant will enable the center to address the research gap on these diseases by coordinating with partners to implement a global research agenda. The funds also will […]

Billionaire investor Ronald O. Perelman has donated $25 million to the University of Pennsylvania to create a new center to house both its political science and economic departments, the university announced today. The new center will bear his name and be based at the West Philadelphia Trust Building at 36th and Walnut streets in the […]

It looks like small nonprofits are faring better than their bigger brethren in today’s tough climate for fundraising.  A new report shows that organizations that raise less than $1 million saw contributions jump by 7.3% last year, versus 2.7% for mid-sized groups ($1 million to $10 million) and just 0.3% for the biggest nonprofits ($10 […]

Michael Dell’s family foundation will provide $50 million for a medical school to be built in Austin,Texas, plus $10 million for health care in the city. The new Dell Medical School will be a partnership that includes the University of Texas, hospital group Seton Healthcare Family and Travis County, which encompasses Austin. The university, whose flagship […]

South Africa’s first black billionaire,Patrice Motsepe, on Wednesday said he has signed up for the Giving Pledge, becoming the first African to join some of the world’s wealthiest people in donating vast sums of personal wealth to the poor. Mining magnate Motsepe, with assets estimated by Forbes magazine of $2.65 billion, said he is making the pledge to […]

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) has awarded Harvard Medical School a $100 million grant to create a transformative 10-year initiative — Harvard Integrated Program to Protect and Improve the Health of NFLPA Members. The program will marshal the intellectual, scientific, and medical expertise throughout Harvard University to discover new approaches to diagnosing, treating, and […]