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Hawaii real estate mogul Jay Shidler is quadrupling his gift to the University of Hawaii business school that bears his name, increasing his initial $25 million gift to a total of $100 million, the largest gift ever from a single donor, university officials said Friday. Shidler, who followed up on the initial 2006 gift that renamed the school the [...]

The University of Oregon announced late Friday that it plans to raise $2 billion, double the record for fundraising by an Oregon university. Interim University President Scott Coltrane made the announcement to hundreds of UO partisans gathered under a large tent at Hayward Field on the university’s campus. Academic excellence, not athletics, will be the [...]

BWF presents a glance at the healthcare sector’s $100 million+ donors since 2012.

Incoming Florida State University President John Thrasher has said he wants to see his alma mater’s $1 billion capital campaign “put on steroids.” But before that happens, there will be a day-long celebration Friday including a public launch of the “Raise the Torch” campaign, which has already collected more than $600 million in donations and [...]

A few weeks back, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to record a podcast for Iris Creative. The subject? Using online ambassadors to bring about the viral spread of your organization’s message and fundraising asks. During the roughly 40-minute podcast we touch on a number of items, including: Why online ambassadors are so successful […]

Their legacy already established in politics, Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, are working to leave a lasting mark on neuroscience. Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Tuesday will announce the launch of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, a venture funded by the Romneys and their expansive political network that will assemble scores of the world’s [...]

It’s now called the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, in recognition of $25M gift. For the second time since 2009, the University of Minnesota will attach a donor’s name to its pediatric hospital in Minneapolis as a result of a multimillion-dollar gift. U officials announced a $25 million gift for children’s health care Tuesday [...]

UConn is moving forward with plans to build a new soccer stadium, thanks in large part to a pledge of $8 million from a former player. Tony Rizza, a Wall Street investment manager, on Monday announced plans to match up to $5 million in donations for the stadium, which is planned to be built on [...]

The University of South Florida is getting a $25 million donation and a new name for its business school. The Tampa-based university announced that businessman Les Muma and his wife Pam are making the donation. In return, the business school will be renamed the USF Muma College of Business. Les Muma is a 1966 mathematics [...]

Donations to higher education have increased almost 10% since 2012. Bolstering this increase were 12 gifts of $100 million and more, totaling $1.64 billion. The donors of these mega gifts are a mélange of characters including entrepreneurs, bankers, and developers. The only thing they all have in common is their extreme net worth. Inspired by this data, we’ve highlighted the $100 million+ donors to higher education.