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Florida International University on Monday announced one of the largest donations in its history: a $20 million gift to the School of International and Public Affairs. The money will help FIU pursue a prestigious accreditation, construct a new building, establish scholarships and rename the school in honor of former Ambassador Steven Green, whose family foundation [...]

Northwestern University has announced a $10.5 million gift from alumni Muneer Satter and Kristen Hertel and the Satter Foundation in support of merit-based medical scholarships and other educational opportunities for deserving students. The gift includes $2 million in support of several programs and initiatives in Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy, including Project Excite, [...]

To assist fundraising leaders and talent managers, Bentz Whaley Flessner offers a checklist of critical elements for effective professional development in this week’s Client Advisory.

The California Association of Nonprofits, taking advantage of a change of leadership at Charity Navigator, has sent a letter urging the prominent watchdog to make two changes to the way it evaluates charity finances and to spread the message that charities can suffer if they don’t spend enough on overhead costs. It also asked the [...]

Nearly 20 years after they first met, Karen Keyes and Muffet McGraw shared a telephone conversation that neither could have imagined when they arrived at Notre Dame together, just trying to adapt to their unfamiliar surroundings. Keyes was a freshman guard on McGraw’s first Fighting Irish women’s basketball team, in 1987. Keyes scored more than 1,500 points [...]

The Wichita State University Foundation has received a sizable donation from longtime donors. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the funds will go towards the school’s honor college. A gift of $5 million has been given to the WSU Foundation from Dorothy and Bill Cohen. According to university officials, most of the funds are earmarked for [...]

An anonymous donor is giving back to Minnesota State University Moorhead with a donation of $1.5 million. That money will go towards scholarships for students in the College ofBusiness and Innovation. Those scholarships will be awarded to junior and senior level students. The anonymous donor, who graduated from Moorhead State in the 1970s, said, “I just [...]

The University of Michigan hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the $28 million renovation and expansion of its start-of-the-art facilities for the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. The school’s namesake, billionaire shopping mall tycoon and Pontiac native A. Alfred Taubman, donated $12.5 million to help fund the project and was on hand for the [...]

Muneer Satter and his wife, Kristen Hertel, have committed to donate $10.5 million to Northwestern University, most of it for medical school scholarships. Nearly $8.5 million of the gift will support the Satter Foundation Scholarship program at the Feinberg School of Medicine, the university said. The $40,000-per-year merit-based scholarship will be awarded to three outstanding first-year students and [...]

Much of the posting on this blog has been focused on the frontline of the development world. Pressure is highest there, the return on investment is most visible, and the personalities tend to be the most forward amongst fundraisers. But the other side of advancement is a rising hot spot for talent. We’ve talked before … Continue reading