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USC Village is starting to take shape, and so is the giving that supports it. An anonymous donor has given $15 million to endow one of USC Village’s residential colleges, bringing the number of endowed residential colleges at the complex to three. Two previous gifts named McCarthy Honors College and the Ray Irani Residential College. In [...]

The University of Chicago is creating the Onsi Sawiris Scholars Program to provide funding for academically gifted students from schools in Egypt. The initiative is named to honor the father of University Trustee and College alumnus Nassef Sawiris, who has given a gift of $20 million to establish the program. Sawiris publicly announced the gift [...]

Bill and Marilyn Van Sant, of Bayfield, Wis., have established a $3 million bequest for the University of Iowa College of Engineering, the UI Foundation announced in a news release Thursday. This gift provides $500,000 to establish the R. William and Marilyn Van Sant Mechanical Engineering Scholarship, $1.5 million to create the R. William and [...]

Poor David Geffen. By giving $100 million to New York’s Lincoln Center to rename Avery Fisher Hall after himself, he’s become the new focus of a philanthropic debate that has gone on for decades. There are three schools of thought when it comes to big-ticket charity. The first is the Purist School, which embraces the [...]

On this blog we’ve touched on some international trends and what we’re seeing on the frontline, but today I stumbled upon a great find from our friends in the UK. This article, which is a recap of a presentation at the Institute of Fundraising convention, shows us some new emerging research on fundraising talent (consistent with … Continue reading

Judy Faulkner, the billionaire chief executive of health-records firm Epic Systems, tells Modern Healthcare magazine that she will leave much of her stake in the company to a specially created foundation. While the value of Ms. Faulkner’s share in the privately held firm is not known, Forbesestimates her net worth at $2.8 billion. “Nearly every share of stock [...]

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum received a $2.5 million gift March 5 from David Rockefeller, as well as a promise for pieces of artwork from his private collection as bequests, according to a March 9 RISD Museum press release. Of the total donation, $2 million endows the David and Peggy Rockefeller Curator of [...]

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., on Tuesday announced a $15 million gift — one of the largest donations in its history — to support the Clark’s campus expansion and programs. The gift was made by Felda and Dena Hardymon, residents of Cambridge, Mass., who also have a home in the Berkshires. In recognition, the institute’s board recently [...]

Bill and Marilyn Van Sant, of Bayfield, Wis., have established a $3 million bequest for the University of Iowa College of Engineering, the UI Foundation announced in a news release Thursday. This gift provides $500,000 to establish the R. William and Marilyn Van Sant Mechanical Engineering Scholarship, $1.5 million to create the R. William and [...]

The Sealy & Smith Foundation is donating $75 million to the University of Texas Medical Branch to support a major renovation of the Galveston complex’s John Sealy Hospital, reports the Houston Business Journal. The gift will cover most of the cost of the approximately $133 million project, which includes re-configuring five floors of the 12-story medical [...]