Philanthropy News Blog

A roundup of philanthropic news.

This Week in Philanthropy: April 10 – April 16

Multi-Million Gift for Longwood Campus Center

Longwood University has announced the largest gift in its history, a $15 million contribution that will be used for the construction of a new campus events center.

The donation is from Joan Brock, a philanthropist who graduated from Longwood in 1964.

Full article text available via CBS19, 04/13/2019.

UI College of Engineering Has New Name Thanks to Another $100 Million Gift

The highly ranked engineering school at the University of Illinois will become the Grainger College of Engineering following another $100 million gift from The Grainger Foundation.

Full article text available via The News-Gazette, 04/15/2019.

Mount Sinai Gets $6 Million Gift for Health IT-Enabled Surgery Suite

New York-based health system Mount Sinai announced it received a $6 million donation from the Derfner Foundation for a tech-enabled plastic and reconstructive surgery suite.

Full article text available via Healthcare IT News, 04/16/2019.

Fort Hays Receives $20 Million Gift from Late Hays Couple

Fort Hays State University officials say the school has received a $20 million gift from the estate of a couple who met at the school in Hays.

The university held a celebration to honor Earl and Nonie Field, lifelong residents of Hays and longtime supporters of Fort Hays State.

Full article text available via KWCH, 04/11/2019.

Bennington College Receives $4 Million Gift to Support Poetry Initiative

Poetry at Bennington, a program of short-term residencies that brings established and emerging poets to Bennington College for public readings and close work with students, has been endowed with a gift of $4 million from longstanding donors to the college. This gift advances the endowment goal of the recently announced $150 million Bennington College capital campaign.

Full article text available via Vermont Biz, 04/11/2019.

$10 Million Gift Aimed at Improving Treatments for Mental Illness

Philanthropists Andrew and Barbara Taylor and the Crawford Taylor Foundation have committed $10 million to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis to continue research to investigate the scientific underpinnings of psychiatric illnesses, with the goal of improving diagnosis and treatment.

Full article text available via Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis News Hub, 04/10/2019.

Rice-Eccles Stadium Expansion Plan Gets a $17.5 Million Jolt from the Garff Family

Utah’s funding plan for the expansion of Rice-Eccles Stadium requires $35 million in donations. Half of that amount arrived in one delivery.

The Ken Garff family’s gift of $17.5 million is the largest in Utah Athletics history, university president Ruth V. Watkins said during a news conference prior to the Red-White spring football game.

Full article text available via The Salt Lake Tribune, 04/13/2019.

‘His Heart was Always at PNW’: Purdue Northwest Announces $8 Million Gift, Names New Biosciences Building for Longtime Chemistry Professor

Purdue University Northwest has announced a namesake for its new 68,000 square-foot biological sciences building set to open next fall on the university’s Hammond campus.

The Purdue University Board of Trustees voted to approve the naming of the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation for a longtime PNW professor of organic chemistry who left the university an $8 million gift in his estate.

Full article text available via NWI Times, 04/14/2019.

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