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The USC campaign, made public in August, already has garnered three new gifts of at least $100 million each, along with speculation about the potential risks of setting such an ambitious goal in a weak economy. As it gears up for the drive, USC plans to double its fundraising staff by next year, to about [...]

David Woo, who began his career in 1967 as an architect working on the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at UC Berkeley, has chosen to honor his late father, Woo Hon Fai — and to celebrate the now-historic structure — with a major gift to the campus. A UC Berkeley alumnus and now a successful [...]

Few Americans are seeing relief from the nation’s economic slump, but the finances of some nonprofits are much rosier as the nation’s wealthy stepped up their multimillion dollar gifts in 2011. The biggest gifts announced by Americans totaled more than $2.6-billion, compared with $1.3-billion in 2010. (Twelve donations were included in the list because of [...]

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 [...]