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Stanford University’s business school has received a $150-million gift to establish an institute that will help entrepreneurs in developing countries build their businesses. The money came from Robert King, a partner at the investment firm Peninsula Capital, in Menlo Park, Calif., and his wife, Dorothy, who hope the donation will help curb poverty in the [...]

America’s big charities expect fund raising to rise in 2011, but the increase won’t come close to making up ground they lost in the downturn.Nonprofits that made The Chronicle’s Philanthropy 400, the charities that raise the most from private sou…

Montana State University went all out Friday to thank Jake Jabs, the rags-to-riches furniture store magnate, for donating $25 million to build a new College of Business, the largest single gift in the state University System’s history.Jabs at age 80 …

Boyd, Greenspun, Harrah and Hughes … and now, pending final approval, add Lee.That’s what UNLV plans to formally name its largest college — the business school — after receiving a $15 million donation last week from the Ted and Doris Lee family…

The Duke Endowment has announced a $35 million grant to Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, to support the university’s science and scholarship programs and for facility improvements. One of the largest gifts ever awarded to a his…

Humanitarian groups are increasingly worried about the looming budget cuts in U.S. foreign assistance. They argue that lives are at stake in places like the Horn of Africa, which is suffering its worst drought in decades.Raising public and private mone…

Shriners Hospitals for Children said today it received the largest gift in the system’s 90-year history — $60 million — from the estate of Kansas oil tycoon, the late A.B. Hudson.The gift will be deposited into the Tampa-based health system’s $…

UC Santa Barbara’s Materials Research Laboratory has received up to $15 million from Dow Chemical Co. to establish a new institute to study materials that can further technological discovery.The recent five-year gift comes just weeks after the research…

Many arts groups are struggling because of the sour economy, but last year the Philadelphia Museum of Art managed to raise more than $56-million, an increase of more than 55 percent.A big reason for the museum’s success is its campaign to endow 29 st…

Calling it a major “investment” in its future, the Golda Och Academy announced a $17.2 million bequest from the estate of the late philanthropist Eric F. Ross.Ross, who died in September 2010 at the age of 91, was a major supporter of the Conservat…