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A $36 million gift from the O’Donnell Foundation has enabled UT Southwestern Medical Center to create a new brain institute in Dallas, it was announced Monday. The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute at UT Southwestern, which already is recognized as a leader in [...]

The University of Miami’s plan to build a biomedical research powerhouse capable of training the next generation of physician-researchers and public health leaders took a giant stride forward this month with the help of a longtime benefactor. Stuart Miller, chairman of the Miami-based homebuilding and mortgage giant Lennar Corporation, and his family announced Monday that [...]

Almost a billion people go to bed hungry every night yet the World Food Program believes that the existing knowledge, tools, and policies, combined with political will, can solve this problem. In 2008, Cornell’s academic staff identified sufficient education in science, critical thinking, and environmental issues; the epidemic of preventable illnesses in the third world; inequitable access to [...]

Originally published April 15, 2015 We are only successful in development if our teams are set up for success and performing well. What strategies have you used to keep and grow your talent this year? Are your talent management budgets aligned with those strategies? People are your organization’s most valuable and expensive resource. Investing in [...]

Rice University just received the largest donation in the university’s history. Venture capitalist John Doerr and his wife, Ann, both Rice bachelor’s and master’s degree holders, donated $50 million to the private university through their family’s foundation. The university will use the donation to start the Doerr Institute for New Leaders, which will cater to entrepreneurial students and [...]

Want to put your name, or the name of a loved one, on a professorship at Harvard Medical School? That will cost you at least $4 million. Naming the emergency department at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton is more affordable ($3 million) and the lobby café a bargain by comparison ($250,000). To name a lecture series [...]

The annual Robin Hood benefit is known far and wide as the largest single fundraiser in the country. This year’s, which took place Tuesday at the Javits Center, brought together 4,000 supporters to raise $101 million. This included a $25 million grant from an anonymous donor earmarked to launch a fund that will invest in [...]

Two Chicago couples have each donated $10 million toward a $250 million capital campaign that the Field Museum started a year ago. “This was an opportunity to help solidify our collections, which are vital to the museum,”Bill Gantz, a museum trustee and chairman of Evanston-based Naurex, a biopharmaceutical company, said of the gift he made with his wife, Linda [...]

UCLA’s graduate management school will receive $100 million from the widow of its namesake, businessman John Anderson, officials are announcing Thursday. Marion Anderson made the donation as the UCLA business school has become mainly self-supporting; it no longer receives state funds for master’s degree programs and relies more heavily on donors. The gift will be [...]

In this issue of Points of Practice, Bentz Whaley Flessner outlines strategies for building meaningful relationships to and through the point of solicitation as well as for integrating a well-paced execution of key interactions. The article addresses what can often represent hurdles in the moves management process.