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As the fall semester begins, the University of Arizona is getting a huge gift for the state’s first public veterinary medical and surgical program to train Doctors of Veterinary Medicine, which is set to launch a year from now. A $9 million donation is coming from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation. The UA College [...]

The University of Missouri School of Medicine announced a $2.4 million gift Thursday that creates the Frances T. McAndrew Endowed Chair in Oncology. Mark McAndrew donated the money to create a gift in honor of his aunt, the chair’s namesake. Frances McAndrew was a patient at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. “Frances was a tremendous [...]

LOS ANGELES — A $30 million gift from the foundation started by the co-founder of Farmers Insurance will go toward building a residence hall for up to 600 freshman honor students, the university announced today. “USC’s residential colleges provide supportive communities and contribute immensely to students’ academic and personal development,” said Ainsley Carry, vice provost [...]

Philanthropy is hot among tech leaders these days, and this crew is especially jazzed about crowdfunding, with its potential to disrupt nonprofit funding models, pushing aside dinosaurs like the Ford Foundation and giving power to Jane Q. Donor. All of which helps explain why guys like Sergey Brin and Tim Cook have been pouring ice water [...]

Bentz Whaley Flessner and the Specialty Services Practice are excited to announce that a new analyst has joined the DonorCast team! Marisa Ontko, an avid lover of fundraising and buffalo wings (seen in picture below), joins the DonorCast team as Senior Analyst. … Continue reading

Hey Everyone, We have a big workshop coming up in Minneapolis next month. It will be a robust overview of the major gift process from the first cold call to negotiating gift terms. I won’t plug it further (this is primarily a research and expertise sharing blog after all), but if you are in the … Continue reading

A Lynchburg College alumnus has left a record $5 million bequest to the college. Media outlets report Walter W. Ridgway Jr. left the college most of his estate upon his death in 2013 at age 91. He is a 1948 graduate of the college. It marks the largest gift ever to Lynchburg College. Full article [...]

A Michigan-based philanthropic organization that helps nonprofit groups serving Arab Americans nationwide is awarding more than a dozen grants from coast to coast. The Center for Arab American Philanthropy of Dearborn announced this week it’s distributing 13 grants worth a total of $50,000 to recipients in its home state as well as California, Georgia, Illinois, [...]

Successful educational fundraisers know that faculty and academic leaders can be invaluable allies in building productive relationships with donors and securing funding for institutional priorities. Deans, department heads, professors and researchers possess a deep understanding of the programs they direct, as well as a credible and persuasive passion for those initiatives that few professional fundraisers … Continue reading

A $2 million gift from the Robert H. Fine Trust will establish the third University of Rochester endowed chair in the Fine family’s name, UR Medical Center officials said Monday. The holder of the newly established Julius, Helen and Robert Fine Professorship is to focus on Alzheimer’s disease. Previously established through separate donations were the [...]