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UCSF has received a challenge gift of $20 million from the Sandler Foundation that will provide major support for the university’s groundbreaking research and clinical care efforts regarding neurological diseases. In honor of the extraordinary commitment of Herbert and Marion Sandler and the Sandler Foundation to UCSF and the Department of Neurology, the new neurosciences [...]

The Second Mile — the charity founded by a former Penn State football coach who has been charged with sexually abusing children — is seeking to transfer its program to a Texas-based ministry because it’s having difficulty operating and raising funds. The organization, founded by former coach Jerry Sandusky, announced on Friday that it wants [...]

Andrew Luck’s name will be a part of Stanford football long after he’s gone. The university announced Tuesday that its offensive coordinator position has been endowed by a “very generous gift” from an anonymous donor in honor of the graduating quarterback. The position will now officially be called the Andrew Luck Director of Offense. Full [...]

Houston hedge fund manager John Arnold, a major force behind Enron’s once-mighty energy trading operation and one of the city’s richest men, has decided to retire — at 38. Arnold is No 3 on Houston’s list of billionaires, behind Rich Kinder and Jeffrey Hildebrand, with an estimated net worth of about $3.5 billion. His decision [...]

Six-time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift has pledged $4 million to fund a new education center at the Country Music Hall of Fame®and Museum.  The more than 7,500-square foot space, which will encompass parts of two floors and feature three classrooms and a state-of-the-art children’s exhibit gallery, is scheduled to open in early 2014.  Swift’s [...]

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland, has announced grants totaling more than $50 million to small colleges and universities working to improve undergraduate science education in the United States. A total of forty-three four-year grants ranging from $800,000 to $1.5 million were awarded to institutions of higher education working to create more engaging science [...]

A simple fundraising idea has given millions of people a place to sleep and a hot meal. The Salvation Army’s Bed & Bread Club has raised more than $100-million nationwide in the last 25 years by persuading people to give monthly. The charity asks donors to give at least $10 a month, or $120 for the year. [...]

UC Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons practices what he researches, expressing thanks for a $5.6 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to advance the science of gratitude. “Thanks to the generosity of the John Templeton Foundation, we will be able to rapidly grow the science of gratitude and expand the scientific database of this [...]

To celebrate 30 years of Newman’s Own, the Newman’s Own Foundation will announce on Wednesday a commitment to give away at least $30 million to various charities this year. The foundation, which is based in Westport, Conn., and owns the famous food company, has awarded $350 million in grants during its existence and 2012 will [...]

Davidson College has received $25 million from an alumnus to fund scholarships, the school announced Sunday at its commencement ceremony. The donation is the second-largest in the school’s history, Davidson officials said. Ted Baker, a businessman, military veteran and member of the Davidson Class of 1957, made the donation to fund the Baker-Vagt Scholarship, which [...]