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The crippled economy continues to squeeze nonprofits, with smaller organizations under the greatest stress, a new report says. While 65 percent of 875 charities responding to an online survey in October reported higher demand for services, philanthropic support fell for 28 percent and was flat for 31 percent, says the Late Fall 2011 Nonprofit Fundraising [...]

Yale University has announced an $11 million gift from alumnus Stephen D. Susman in support of new exhibition space at the Yale University Art Gallery. Part of a ten-year renovation and expansion project, the newly created Stephen Susman Galleries will rotate special exhibitions when they reopen in December 2012. The gift from Susman — a [...]

The world has been buzzing all year about the “Arab spring,” “Occupy” movements, and the “European debt crisis.” Similarly, people in philanthropy have their own lingo to describe their preoccupations of the past year, particularly as the government’s financial challenges and growing competition for scarce donations put ever more attention on nonprofits that produce results [...]

Como Park Zoo just received one of its biggest Christmas gifts ever. Four years after launching a $19 million fundraising campaign, the zoo wrapped up its work this month. The polar bears are particularly happy. They were the first beneficiaries of the campaign designed to fund a more suitable home for them and to improve [...]

While the still-struggling economy poses fund-raising challenges in 2012, the potential for changes in the tax code will motivate some wealthy people to step up their giving, two fund-raising consultants say.The consultants, Robert F. Sharpe and Barlow Mann, have made available a free hour-long Webinar on fund-raising advice and predictions for the coming year. Among [...]

As an enduring tribute to a valued Board member and woman of incomparable grace, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has joined with The Robertson Foundation to undertake two high-profile initiatives in honor of Josephine “Josie” Robertson: the Josie Robertson Surgery Center and the Josie Robertson Investigators Program. The initiatives will have a significant impact both on [...]

David Rubenstein donated $4.5 million to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for the giant panda program. In appreciation, the giant panda complex—home to giant pandas Tian Tian (male) and Mei Xiang (female)—will be named the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat for the next five years. In addition, young conservation biologists in the U.S. and [...]

The University of California, Davis, has received a $10 million gift to name a new art museum that will serve as a teaching and cultural resource for the region and provide opportunities to share the university’s artistic legacy, enhance its fine arts collection, and create new partnerships and collaborations. Slated for completion in 2015, the [...]

A prominent New Haven family who are descendants of a 19th-century, two-term Connecticut governor has endowed $20 million to fund five New Haven charitable and cultural organizations. The late Richard L. English and his family bequeathed $20,024,640 to the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the nonprofit said Thursday. The organization said it is the largest bequest [...]

A former Adrian College trustee has given $20 million to the college through his estate. It is the largest gift in the school’s history. The gift comes from the estate of Willard M. Cornelius Sr., who was a trustee on the college’s board from 1931 to 1948, according to a news release from the college. [...]