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Amidst growing pressure for nonprofits to measure and assess their performance, the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) finds that nonprofits sorely lack the support they need. In a report released today, Room for Improvement: Foundations’ Support of Nonprofit Performance Assessment, CEP finds that 81 percent of the nonprofits surveyed believe that nonprofits should demonstrate the [...]

Charitable donations to universities in the U.K. could rise to $3.2 billion a year within a decade if institutions continue to invest in fundraising, a report has claimed. The Review of Philanthropy in Higher Education led by Shirley Pearce, former vice-chancellor of Loughborough University, found that just 1.2 percent of UK alumni give to their alma maters compared [...]

Foundations and development organizations must do more to restore trust in government, regulatory authorities, and NGOs working to advance human well-being, the Bellagio Initiative’s final report on the future of philanthropy and international development argues. The report, Human Wellbeing in the 21st Century: Meeting Challenges, Seizing Opportunities, is the culmination of a Rockefeller Foundation-funded global [...]

Two Northeastern University dropouts who went on to earn their degrees after encourage­ment from a mentoring professor are teaming up to donate $60 million to the university, a record gift aimed at shaping the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. The two said they hope their donation inspires others who have been helped by Northeastern [...]

Cornell University’s sports recruiting Monday gained a $20 million boost. Seneca Foods CEO Art Wolcott donated the money to Cornell’s Award Match Initiative, aimed at competing with other Ivy League school’s financial aid programs. The school’s financial aid package is often the deciding factor for highly-sought student-athletes. “Athletics is important in building the Cornell University [...]

The estate of Garthe and Grace Brown designated more than $10 million to benefit OHSU’s heart research. The Garthe Brown and Grace L. Brown Fund II was established through the Oregon Community Foundation and will support OHSU’s cardiac research in perpetuity. The Brown’s long-standing philanthropic support of OHSU was first inspired by the exceptional care [...]

The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation has announced the winners of the 2012 Lasker Awards for medical research. Considered one of the most prestigious honors in medical science, the $250,000 awards were given to Micahel Sheetz (Columbia University), James Spudich (Stanford University School of Medicine), and Ronald Vale (University of California, San Francisco), all three [...]

The University of Wyoming announced Friday a historic $10 million gift from philanthropist Marian Rochelle that will support the construction of a state-of-the art Gateway Center that will become the signature entrance facility to the university, connecting students, alumni and friends. “I did it to help the university,” she says, “to bring in more people, more [...]

The NFL is donating $30 million to the Bethesda-based Foundation for the National Institutes of Health to fund research into brain injuries and other medical issues, officials said. It is the largest donation in NFL history, according to the league. “Our commitment here is to hopefully help set the standard and lead the way in [...]

The board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation recently approved $7.8 million for the “Home For Good” action plan, a partnership between the public, private, and philanthropic sectors to end chronic and veteran homelessness in Los Angeles County by 2016. Los Angeles is sometimes called the “homeless capital of the nation.” In 2011, [...]