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Capitol Federal Foundation of Topeka has committed a $20 million lead gift toward construction of a new School of Business building at the University of Kansas. The announcement of the gift—the largest in the business school’s history—will be made at a celebration at 1:30 p.m. today at the Lied Center of Kansas. The gift is [...]

Drexel University has received a $10 million gift to create a community outreach center near its campus in Philadelphia. The school announced the donation from Dana and David Dornsife on Thursday. The funds will help establish the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, which will primarily serve residents of the city’s Mantua and Powelton Village neighborhoods. [...]

A Colorado couple who both graduated from DePauw University have donated $25 million to the private liberal arts college to build a new dining hall and to endow need-based scholarships. The university announced Thursday night that R. David and Suzanne Hoover donated the money. About $9 million will go toward the scholarship endowment and the [...]

Every year when John B. Dicus visits the Kansas University School of Business to speak to graduate students, the thought comes to him when he sees the bathroom sinks. As he runs his hands under the separate hot and cold faucets, he said last week, he’s reminded that Summerfield Hall, which opened in 1960, is [...]

Nonprofits shouldn’t count on the wealthy to increase donations anytime in the near future: Only one-quarter of them will increase their giving over the next five years, according to preliminary results of a new survey released today. The study of more than 700 affluent Americans found that half plan to give the same amount they [...]

Northwestern University School of Law was given $5 million by the Kirkland & Ellis Foundation and 31 alumni of the school who are senior partners at the firm, the law firm announced Tuesday. The money will provide scholarships for future students of NU’s JD-MBA program and will be distributed over five years, according to a University [...]

Nonprofit health-care organizations raised a record $8.9-billion in 2011, as donations rose more than 8 percent, according to a new report by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. The 2011 numbers eclipsed the previous record of $8.5-billion raised in 2008 and reflects more than a billion-dollar gain over the $7.6-billion raised in 2009. Among the findings [...]

Nonprofit groups that the late New York philanthropist Brooke Astor supported will receive $18.8-million from this week’s sale of some 900 items from her two homes, more than double the expected take, writes the Associated Press. Auction house Sotheby’s had estimated the collection of furnishings, paintings, jewelry, and other objects would fetch $6-million to $9-million [...]

Connecticut College will create a new resource center to house expanded academic support, writing and quantitative resources, and the office of disability services under one roof. The college received an anonymous $11 million gift, the largest in its history, this summer to fund the center. The new academic center will help students reach their potential [...]

The Princeton University Art Museum has received a $4.5 million gift from Allen R. Adler, a longtime member of the museum’s advisory council and his wife, Frances Beatty Adler, vice president of Richard L. Feigen & Company, a New York art gallery, and chairwoman of the Drawing Center in SoHo. The money will pay for [...]