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Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, told the international agricultural community it had fallen short of delivering the help small farmers in developing countries need, when they need it. In a speech delivered at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Gates asked the UN bodies responsible for fighting hunger and [...]

The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) announced today that Alice Cox, who died on December 29, 2011, designated the Willmar Area Community Foundation as recipient of her entire estate, which is valued at over $6 million.  This gift will double the assets of WACF to over $12 million. “This is truly an extraordinary gift from [...]

The economic recession has taken its toll on charitable giving in Florida, according to a new report by Florida Philanthropic Network, Florida’s statewide association of grantmakers. The report confirms that the combined charitable giving of individuals, foundations and corporations in Florida dropped 8.6 percent between 2008 and 2009, which follows a double-digit decline the previous [...]

Officials from GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets today announced that charitable donations made in 2011 as part of the companies’ “Living Here, Giving Here” program totaled $20.6 million in combined cash and product contributions, the largest ever to date. This record total included a major $3 million gift to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. [...]

The new Player Development Center for University of Michigan basketball teams will be named in honor of the late Pistons owner William Davidson. Davidson had been a significant donor to the university over the years. The William Davidson Foundation recently provided a gift of $7.5 million in support of U-M athletics. “We are pleased and [...]

The University of Texas was looking for a jump-start for a new kind of computer-based science research and once more Dallas philanthropist Peter O’Donnell has written the check. O’Donnell, who has donated heavily to support UT science and engineering research efforts over the past several decades, is giving $10 million to the Texas Advanced Computing [...]

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 [...]