Philanthropy News Blog

A roundup of philanthropic news.

This Week in Philanthropy: March 27 – April 2

University of Florida Levin College of Law Receives $6 Million Donation

Famed Pensacola attorney Fred Levin has made another major contribution to the law school that bears his name. His son and fellow attorney, Martin Levin, announced the $6 million gift Wednesday morning at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. The announcement was made during the 20th anniversary recognition of Levin’s $10 million donation to the school. Levin gifted another $2 million to the school in 2006. This most recent gift was made is honor of his late wife of 51 years, Marilyn Kapner Levin and will be used to fund scholarships.

Full article text available via 3WearTV, 3/27/19.

Merced College Receives $5 Million Gift. It’s the Largest Donation in School History

When Raj Kahlon was a young boy he had dreams of one day becoming a farmer, even though his father was a businessman. Little did he know, his humble beginnings would lead to that dream becoming a reality. In a relatively short amount of time, Kahlon has become a prominent local pistachio and almond farmer, building the Kahlon family business. Kahlon is now giving back to the community with a $5-million donation to support the agricultural programs at Merced College and the future 20,000-square foot Agriculture and Industrial Technology Complex.

Full article text available via the Merced Sun-Star, 3/27/19.

WUSTL Med School Receives $15 Million for Disease Research

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has announced a $15 million gift from Paula C. and Rodger O. Riney in support of efforts to accelerate research on and the development of new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. The gift includes $10 million to fund Alzheimer’s disease research and $5 million to support studies of Parkinson’s. A portion of the funds will be used to establish a repository of Alzheimer’s biomarker data that can aid in the development of tools to diagnose the disease, predict its progression, and monitor the effectiveness of treatment.

Full article text available via the Philanthropy News Digest, 3/28/19.

Nationwide Makes $7 Million Gift to OSU Ag College Projects

Building on 50 years of partnership with the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), the Nationwide Foundation is contributing $7 million to support the college’s vision of a modern land-grant institution with a mission to sustain life. The Nationwide Foundation gift supports initiatives in translating research and making it accessible, as well as strategic collaboration, workforce development, and new facilities. This new gift brings total contributions to $11.8 million for the CFAES collaborative over the past several years. The largest part of the gift, $5 million, supports constructing new facilities and infrastructure at Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, a key facility on the Columbus campus.

Full article text available via Farm and Dairy, 3/28/19.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Receives $5 Million Gift

Milwaukee-based Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has announced a $5 million gift from retailer Kohl’s in support of efforts to improve mental health services for children and families in the state. To be paid over four years, the gift will help launch a multiyear strategy designed to expand access to mental health services for children and boost awareness of the impact a child’s mental health has on his or her well-being. To that end, the health system will use the funds to expand school-based mental and behavioral health services, introduce new and refined screening tools, conduct mental health research, and launch an education and awareness-raising campaign.

Full article text available via Philanthropy News Digest, 3/31/19.

Harkness Dance Center at 92nd Street Y Receives $5 Million Gift

The Harkness Dance Center at 92nd Street Y in New York has received a $5 million donation from its board member Jody Gottfried Arnhold—who founded the organization’s Dance Education Laboratory with Joan Finkelstein and Ann Biddle in 1995—and her husband, John. The gift will support an expansion project that will create more studio space for the center.

Full article text available via ArtForum, 3/31/19.

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