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Helping to ensure the future success of Michigan State University Athletics, Alumni Peter and Joan Secchia have made a leadership gift in support of Empower Extraordinary - the campaign for Michigan State, the university announced today. The $3 million gift is being directed toward the endowment of the defensive coordinator position and capital improvements for the MSU [...]

Google CEO Larry Page announced on the company’s blog today that Google has donated $10 million to several nonprofit organizations in an effort to fight the Ebola virus disease. Among the nonprofit organizations Google has donated money, “InSTEDD, International Rescue Committee, Medecins Sans Frontieres, NetHope, Partners in Health, Save the Children and U.S. Fund for UNICEF” are included according to Page. In addition to donating $10 million [...]

Wallace “Wally” Hagedorn took a one-day photography class as a teenager in 1941 at Kent State University. Oh what a phenomenal class it must have been. Hagedorn, a Cincinnati resident who died last year at the age of 90, left the university $3 million for photojournalism scholarships — his generosity stemming from that single, positive [...]

The largest art museum in the western U.S., situated in the heart of this city, on Thursday announced a $500 million bequest of 47 works of European art from the private collection of a prominent Hollywood executive. The gift, including works by Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Pablo Picasso, ranks as [...]

Fundraising organizations are constantly hiring new talent, both to grow the size of their shops and to replace those fundraisers who have moved on. However, due to the talent shortage the industry faces and the variations among fundraising organizational structures, finding a pool of qualified candidates and identifying which individuals bring the skills, performance potential, and approach needed most by your team can be difficult. Read what yo should consider as you look towards your next hire.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced grants totaling $6.1 million to sixty-one projects through its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative. Launched in 2008, the GCE initiative awards initial grants of $100,000 twice a year in support of ideas that address key global health and development challenges; projects that produce results have an opportunity to [...]

CIFF has committed $20 million in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  This is the biggest single commitment that CIFF has ever made to a humanitarian crisis.  It is based on an assessment that the Ebola outbreak poses an unprecedented threat that can be stopped with quick, effective and coordinated action. We are [...]

Traditionally, the way we know who lives where is the result of national censuses. But those head counts can be expensive and occur rarely, and a new study suggests that the the passive tallying that happens every time our mobile … Continue reading

Cal Poly today announced the largest cash gift ever received by the university, a $20 million donation by Peter and Mary Beth Oppenheimer to the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences. Their gift will be used to build critical new facilities for the college and modernize many of the existing teaching units in the [...]

$36 Million in prizes were awarded from the Breakthrough Prize Organization to the world’s top scientists by founders Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan at a Silicon Valley gala hosted by Seth MacFarlane and attended by celebrity guests. The Breakthrough Prize Foundation announced [...]