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Billionaire philanthropist and real estate developer John Sobrato and his wife Susan Sobrato have given $15 million to the University of San Francisco, which said the gift is its largest ever from individual donors. The gift will be used to renovate and expand USF’s 60-year-old War Memorial Gymnasium, back its “first-ever master plan” for its […]

Major League Baseball and Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. have named the San Francisco Giants as the 2015 recipient of the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence, it was announced today at the MLB Owners Meetings in Dallas. The Giants were acknowledged for their Junior Giants program, a free, noncompetitive initiative for boys and girls, […]

Why does such a large gap exist between what donors say they would like to achieve with their philanthropy and where they actually make their biggest bets? And how can we close it? When Don Fisher stepped down as chief executive of the Gap in the late 1990s, he and his wife, Doris, decided that […]

Here are notable new grants and deadlines compiled by The Chronicle:   Ms. Foundation and Partners for Prosperity The collaboration of women’s foundations has pledged $100 million over five years to develop programs to lift women and girls of color out of poverty. The money may support women entrepreneurs and local organizations that provide job […]

Facebook is piloting a new iteration of its charity donate button with transactions to be processed directly within the social-media site, executives said Wednesday. The Silicon Valley-based company also introduced a new tool it has dubbed “fundraisers,” a sort of modular extension of a group’s Facebook page where it can host discussions about a cause, […]

Donors can now use bitcoin to support charities with Fidelity Charitable®, which expands the existing array of assets donors can contribute to their donor-advised funds to fuel their philanthropy. “Enabling donors to contribute bitcoin to their donor-advised funds is the latest example of Fidelity Charitable’s commitment to making it as easy as possible for donors […]

  The Atlantic Philanthropies, which will conclude its grant-making commitments next year, announced on Monday the capstone of its work on aging populations: a $177 million grant to create a new institute to study dementia. The new organization, the Global Brain Health Institute, will be run by the University of California at San Francisco and […]

  A mammoth $14bn was given in million dollar donations in 2014, though this figure undershot that of the previous year. Both the number and value of gifts declined overall from 2013 to 2014. As in 2013, the overall value of million dollar donations was boosted by some very large gifts. Charitable contributions in excess […]

Public U.S. colleges are growing more ambitious in the philanthropy race. A $4 billion fundraising campaign unveiled last week at Texas A&M University ranks as one of the largest ever, as top public schools try to offset declining state and federal funding and stay competitive with private counterparts with longer track records of tapping donations. […]

Jena Lee Nardella has lived a millennial do-gooder’s dream. In 2004, while a senior in college, she started a nonprofit with a rock band, the Grammy-winning Christian group Jars of Clay. Together, they set out to build 1,000 wells and bring clean water to African communities hit hard by HIV infections. Their first revenue stream: […]