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This could be a sign of a recovering economy: Americans are feeling more charitable toward colleges and universities. In 2011, colleges and universities received $30.3 billion in donations, an 8.2 percent increase over the previous year, according to a new report from the Council for Aid to Education. Giving hasn’t reached this level since its [...]

Health-care providers in 2010 saw slow recovery from the recession years of 2008 and 2009, when they saw fewer new major-gift pledges and planned-gift commitments, as well as smaller gifts from individual donors, although the commitment of individual donors has continued, a new report says. At the same time, individual fundraising programs have experienced improved [...]

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City has received a $2 million gift from alumnus Mr. Calvin Klein, and the company he founded, Calvin Klein, Inc. Mr. Klein made a donation of $1 million, through the Calvin Klein Family Foundation, which was matched by a $1 million donation by Calvin Klein, Inc., [...]

Local philanthropist Kay Dillard deposited a $2.21 million gift into Midwestern State University’s account Tuesday, a move expected to unleash a five-year, $39 million plan of construction and renovations on the campus paid for by private and state dollars. The donation came after MSU’s administrators completed Dillard’s personal challenge about six months ago to raise [...]

The Hall Family Foundation has given $10.5 million to support the University of Kansas Cancer Center’s efforts to be designated a National Cancer Institute. The Hall Family Foundation has given $10.5 million to support the University of Kansas Cancer Center’s push for National Cancer Institute designation, university officials will announce today.Two-thirds of the money will [...]

Colleges and universities in the U.S. raised $30.3 billion in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, up 8.2 percent over 2010, but still $1.3 billion shy of the historical high posted in 2008, a new study says. After adjusting for inflation, the 2011 fundraising increase slid to 4.8 percent, but outpaced a flat year [...]

The University of Michigan’s College of Engineering has received a $15-million pledge from an alumnus who went on to launch a Fortune 500 research firm, the news site AnnArbor.com reports. The donation from J. Robert Beyster and his wife, Betty, will pay for an endowed fellowship program for doctoral engineering students and support capital projects [...]

The University of California, Los Angeles has announced that its School of Public Health has received a gift valued at $50 million from faculty member Jonathan Fielding and his wife, Karin. The gift, a commitment of assets associated with holdings in Dimensional Fund Advisors, will provide an income stream and additional earnings upon redemption or [...]

Grantmaking to U.S.-based nonprofits that work for structural change to boost opportunity for the most vulnerable populations took a big hit from the collapse of the global economy in 2008 and likely will continue to suffer, a new report says. Social-justice grants in 2009 fell to below 2007 levels, with smaller foundations posting the biggest [...]

DePaul University in Chicago has announced a $30 million gift from alumnus Richard H. Driehaus in support of its century-old College of Commerce. The gift, which advances the university’s $250 million Many Dreams, One Mission campaign, builds on a previously announced donation of $3.45 million from Driehaus and will be used to enhance academic programs [...]