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The University of St. Thomas squeaked by the $500 million goal of its five-year capital campaign on its last day, breaking a five-state record for private college fundraising. Considering the push coincided with an economic slump that impeded fundraising nationwide, the St. Paul-based Roman Catholic university said it was especially pleased. Noting the number of [...]

Two people have donated more than $25 million dollars to the University of Dubuque just this month. Donors have given the school $225 million in donations over the past ten years. Walking through the University of Dubuque’s campus it’s impossible to miss how much has changed in the past ten years. University of Dubuque President [...]

An engineering and GPS pioneer and his real estate investor wife have pledged $28 million to Stanford University. James J. Spilker Jr. and Anna Marie Spilker will name the James and Anna Marie Spilker Engineering and Applied Sciences Building and endow a professorship in the School of Engineering. The 100,000-square foot building is home to [...]

The Duke Endowment announced Thursday that it is giving $45 million to Davidson College, prompting a collective gasp and a standing ovation from hundreds of students and faculty gathered at the school’s performing arts hall. Then – as if that wasn’t news enough – the charitable foundation’s board chair, Minor Shaw, pulled out a check [...]

Just how hard it is for fundraisers to keep raising as much this year as they did last year can be found in a just-released analysis of 2011 fundraising returns. For every $100 charities raised in 2011, $100 was lost as donors stopped giving or donated less, concludes a new report by the Association of Fundraising Professionals [...]

The Harvard Business School is significantly expanding its mission of training current business leaders with the addition of a second executive education center, funded by a $40 million gift from the family of former US Labor Secretary, Elaine L. Chao. At a ceremony Friday the school announced the donation from Dr. James Si-Cheng Chao, a shipping magnate, [...]

Retaining their commitment to making investments in their communities, 60 percent of companies reported increased giving levels in 2011 over 2009, the year companies reported the biggest retreat in corporate giving. The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), in association with The Conference Board, released its annual Giving in Numbers: 2012 Edition report. … All industries increased total giving, with the Consumer [...]

The James Irvine Foundation has announced thirty-one grants totaling $16.9 million to nonprofit organizations working to promote civic engagement and expand opportunities for the people of California. Ten grants were awarded through the foundation’s arts program, including a second round of awards from the Exploring Engagement Fund for Large Organizations to promote various ways of experiencing the arts and help diverse [...]

At a press conference held Tuesday, it was announced that with a five-year, multimillion dollar investment, GE is expanding its longstanding relationship with the University of Connecticut to transform the state’s technology sector and spark breakthrough innovations in electrical distribution products. The financial support from GE’s Industrial Solutions business, creator of advanced technologies that protect and [...]

The Ford Foundation announced a five-year $25 million commitment to help end child marriage, a harmful practice that afflicts the lives of 10 million girls in dozens of countries around the world each year. These girls are routinely married off, often against their will, with one in seven married before age 15. The announcement came [...]