Philanthropy News Blog

A roundup of philanthropic news.

This Week in Philanthropy: March 20 – March 26

With $28.6 Million Gift, MIT Will Establish Center for Down Syndrome Research

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced the creation of a $30 million center to study Down syndrome, a major boost for research into a condition that advocates say has long been underfunded.

The Alana Down Syndrome Center will bring together biologists, engineers, and students to address the central puzzles of this genetic condition and find ways to improve the quality of life of those who have it.

Full article text available via Boston Globe, 03/20/2019.

Sobey Family’s $18-Million Gift Bolsters Saint Mary’s Business School

It’s the Sobeys gift card that keeps on giving.

“It’s a day for celebrating a transformational gift, a gift that helps transform business education both at the Sobey School, at Saint Mary’s and in our region,” Saint Mary’s University president Robert Summerby-Murray said of an $18-million investment from members of the Sobey family, the Sobey Foundation and Sobeys Inc.

Full article text available via The Chronicle Herald, 03/21/2019.

$50 Million Gift Supports Dementia Research, Education

Dementia is a health issue that touches everyone, from the person afflicted to their friends and family to the individuals providing their care. As the aging population continues to grow, the number of people who become susceptible to the condition increases every day, underscoring the urgent need for more well-trained caregivers and better treatments.

This spring, Charlene and J. Orin Edson made a $50 million gift to Arizona State University, to be split evenly between the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the Biodesign Institute in support of the university’s groundbreaking, multidisciplinary research on dementia, and to enhance education and training for nurses and caregivers.

Full article text available via ASU News, 03/25/2019.

DU’s First-Year Residence Hall Receives $5M Gift From Dimond Family Foundation

The Dimond Family Foundation has donated a $5 million gift to the University of Denver for its new first-year residence hall, which will be named the Dimond Family Residential Village. The first-year residence hall is one of three buildings currently being rolled out as the first phase of the Denver Advantage Campus Framework Plan. The Residential Village will provide student housing designed to create a strong sense of belonging and community among the University’s 1,500 first-year students.

Full article text available via University of Denver, 03/25/2019.

U of T Receives $100-Million Gift for Artificial Intelligence and Biomedicine Complex, the School’s Largest-Ever Donation

The University of Toronto has received its largest-ever donation, a $100-million gift to further the school’s research on artificial intelligence, biomedicine and how new technologies can disrupt and enrich lives.

The donation from the Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman Foundation will in part go to a new 750,000-square-foot complex to be built at the northeast corner of College St. and Queen’s Park starting this fall, school President Meric Gertler announced at a news conference.

Full article text available via The Star, 03/25/2019.

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