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Stanford University will name a new campus engineering hub for tech billionaire Kavitark Shriram and his wife, Vidjealatchoumy Shriram, in recognition of a $57-million gift to support the project, the institution announced Wednesday. Mr. Shriram, an early investor in Google, is a member of Stanford’s board of trustees. The 208,000-square-foot Shriram Center for Bioengineering & Chemical Engineering, [...]

In the first years that online giving became a more broadly used vehicle for fundraising, many organizations saw triple-digit annual increases because their programs were starting from nothing. The latest survey on online fundraising from the Chronicle of Philanthropy finds that these easy wins are a thing of the past, and those non-profits who want [...]

For his 158th birthday, Nikola Tesla got a day named in his honor and a new science museum with $1 million in funding from billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. Musk, the CEO of electric car company Tesla Motors and rocket company SpaceX, pledged the money in support of a new Tesla museum to be built on the grounds [...]

With the rise of behavioral economics, my profession is no longer so fixated on the theory that people are relentlessly selfish, striving only to maximize their own pleasure. We know, for example, that work is not just eight daily hours of suffering that people endure to make money for their own benefit. People actually like [...]

The family of Renée and Lester Crown made a major gift to Aspen Valley Hospital that will establish a new specialty care center, the hospital announced on Monday. The new center, which will be named in the couple’s honor, will include patient services such as cardiology, pain management, urology, pulmonology, neurology and gastroenterology. The Crowns [...]

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded a $1.3 million grant to Wayne State University to launch the Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL), a groundbreaking new initiative through which nonprofit organizations working in the areas of racial equity, health care, education, food security, safety and housing will address issues of structural racism in Detroit. Housed within the [...]

Oh, the things we now know about online fundraising. For example, did you know that… Online acquired donors give twice as much to your organization as those acquired off line via channels like direct mail? (Blackbaud/Convio study) Donors who give online have much higher household incomes than those who don’t give online? (Blackbaud/Convio study) Social … Continue reading

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) today announced a $50 million gift from Jim and Marilyn Simons to establish the Simons Center for Quantitative Biology. The Center will support research and education programs at one of the world’s leading independent biomedical research institutions, a birthplace of molecular biology and one of the first institutions in the [...]

Marsha and Gary Bertrand were raised in a modest, small Illinois farming community of 1,400 people.  Today, the Austin, Texas, couple is committed to supporting young people in similar circumstances through gifts to their alma maters. “Education has been essential in our lives.  Neither one of us could have accomplished our career goals without it,” [...]

Since many fundraising analysts work in the higher education sector, I thought that this article comparing the upcoming disruption in higher education to the recent disruption of the music industry was worth sharing. I learned of this article from a … Continue reading