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An anonymous benefactor has given Lawrence University $25 million — its largest gift ever — to support student scholarships, it was announced today. The dollar-for-dollar matching gift will result in $50 million in additional endowment to help offset the costs of a Lawrence education for students, a statement released by the university stated. “A gift [...]

The Children’s National Health System website is one of the best I’ve seen. In any nonprofit vertical. The main homepage and Foundation homepage were redesigned last fall with a focus on simplicity and content. The design is clean and user-friendly, the content is fresh (thanks to being directly fed from institutional blogs), and the online … Continue reading

With construction cranes, stacks of rebar and hard hat-wearing workers in the background, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science on Monday announced its first major corporate donor. Baptist Health South Florida has committed $5 million to the downtown Miami museum, set to open in 2016, for a section devoted to health and wellness. Officials [...]

Although Steve Browne’s recent blog post for TheHiringSite, “How We See Others: The Role of the Talent Advisor,” is directed at Human Resources professionals, I suggest that his provocative observations and recommendations have equal relevance for those of us in the advancement field who have responsibility for the success of a work team. Browne’s post is … Continue reading

At a time when wrestling programs across the country are struggling, a $5 million gift from prominent geologist David Lehman, a 1968 alumnus, will endow Franklin & Marshall College’s NCAA Division I wrestling program for generations of student-athletes to come. The gift establishing the “David H. Lehman Endowed Wrestling Program Fund” will fully endow wrestling [...]

University of Notre Dame graduate Mark Gallogly and his wife, Lise Strickler, have made a $10 million gift to the University to endow the Rev. James E. McDonald, C.S.C., Center for Student Well-Being. “The health of our students is an utmost priority, and the McDonald Center will enable us to more effectively and comprehensively support [...]

Oculus VR co-founder and CEO Brendan Iribe is donating $31 million to the University of Maryland to help build a computer science building for cutting-edge research in virtual reality. Iribe dropped out of UMD his freshman year to pursue video game technology ventures before going on to start Oculus. His donation, the largest gift in [...]

Client Advisory – August 13, 2014 The fall semester is gearing up, and so are your opportunities to cultivate the next generation of donors—your students. Turning students’ attention to the importance of philanthropy can be challenging when they’re focused on academics and the cost of tuition. But there are ways to integrate the message of [...]

A lot goes into planning a giving day for higher education. There’s the online giving page, the ambassadors, communicating with colleagues across many different units and departments – all of it crucially important. Two specific tactics that have been attached to many of the success stories are based on big donors and big events: Connecting … Continue reading

By Josh Birkholz Every now and again I have the urge to play around with Google Trends. This was spurred again recently after reading the giving trends data in Giving USA (which by the way you should all include in … Continue reading