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Behind the $100-million donation that Gert Boyle made anonymously to Oregon Health & Science University last month was a seven-year friendship based on the memory of her late sister, Hildegard Lamfrom. On Friday OHSU for the first time confirmed that Boyle, the chairwoman of Columbia Sportswear, made the mystery donation announced last month. The announcement came [...]

The Minnesota Orchestra has received a $10 million leadership gift, it was announced at a Minnesota Orchestra Board Meeting earlier today. The donors, who wish to remain anonymous, offered the philanthropic contribution in order to inspire others with the capacity for leadership gifts to support the Orchestra. Subsequently, three additional donors stepped forward over the [...]

Land O’Lakes, Inc., the Land O’Lakes Foundation and the University of Minnesota have announced that the Arden Hills, Minn. corporation has pledged to invest $25 million in U of M academics and Gopher Athletics. This is one of the largest single corporate commitments in the University’s history and the largest commitment ever made collectively by [...]

The ALS Association’s ice-bucket challenge has passed the $100-million mark, just as the donations are beginning to slow. Donors have been challenging their friends to donate $100 to the organization or dump ice water over their heads, helping the association raise enough money to make it into the Chronicle’s Philanthropy 400 list of nonprofits that raise the most [...]

Mark McAndrew, a resident of McKinney, Texas, has given $2.4 million to the University of Missouri School of Medicine to create the Frances T. McAndrew Endowed Chair in Oncology. $400,000 of the gift will fund MU cancer researcher Fred Hawthorne’s innovative research on boron-neutron therapy as a treatment for cancer. McAndrew says the gift is [...]

The Wilson Sheehan Foundation has made a $15 million gift to the University of Notre Dame to endow the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), a recent University initiative that seeks to reduce poverty in the United States. “We are immensely grateful to the Wilson Sheehan Foundation for a gift that supports the missions of both the foundation [...]

This article was originally published in July 2014 as a Bentz Whaley Flessner Client Advisory. Building and maintaining a productive fundraising team today is a multi-faceted endeavor: it includes attracting strong fundraisers in a hyper-competitive market, providing ongoing training to enhance employees’ skills and output, measuring and rewarding performance, and finding ways to retain your … Continue reading

There’s the Ice Bucket Challenge. And now there’s the Rice Bucket Challenge. More than a million people worldwide have poured buckets of ice water over their heads as part of a fund-raising campaign for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. But when word of the challenge made its way to India, where more than 100 million people lack access [...]

The U.S. Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund has announced more than $195.4 million in grants to help boost lending to and investments in primary care practices in low-income areas nationwide. Grants were awarded to a hundred and eighty-five organizations to increase their lending and investments in low-income and economically distressed communities, including Native American, Alaska Native, [...]

Napa Valley’s winemakers are making a major charitable contribution to help with the recovery from Sunday’s 6.0 earthquake. At a news conference on Wednesday, Napa Valley Vintners announced a $10 million donation to establish the Napa Community Disaster Relief Fund. Russ Weis, chair of the Napa Valley Vintners Association and the general manager at Silverado Cellars, [...]