Philanthropy News Blog

A roundup of philanthropic news.

This Week in Philanthropy: May 1 – May 7

Hennepin Healthcare Announces New Therapy Center for New Moms

Although there’s a public perception that having a baby is thought to be the happiest time in people’s lives, there are many mothers who struggle with depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy.

Since 2013, Hennepin Healthcare has been treating new moms through their Mother-Baby program. Now, with a $10 million gift from the Lynne & Andrew Redleaf Foundation, services will be expanded to fathers, older siblings and extended family.

Full article text available via Kare11, 05/07/2019.

Pritzker Foundation Gives Lurie $15 Million for Kids’ Mental Health

The Pritzker Foundation is giving Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago $15 million to increase access to mental health services for young people.

The gift, which was received as part of the hospital’s “for every child” fundraising campaign, enables Lurie to address the shortage of pediatric mental health care providers in Illinois through training programs and research, the hospital said in a statement.

Full article text available via Crain’s Chicago Business, 05/06/2019.

Baylor University Announces $100 Million Gift to Give Light Philanthropic Campaign

Baylor University announced a transformational $100 million gift – the largest current gift in University history and the largest gift to date to the University’s $1.1 billion Give Light comprehensive philanthropic campaign. The gift is from an anonymous donor and will advance Baylor’s progress towards growth as a preeminent Christian research university, building on the University’s historic strengths and strategically investing in new areas of teaching, research and service.

Full article text available via Baylor Media and Public Relations, 05/04/2019.

UCSF Launches New Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative with $30M Gift

UCSF announced the launch of the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, a new center in San Francisco that will conduct groundbreaking research on the root causes of homelessness and identify evidence-based solutions to prevent and end homelessness, made possible by a $30 million gift from Marc and Lynne Benioff.

Full article text available via University of California, 05/01/2019.

Alumni Make $15 Million Gift in Support of New Strategic Plan Initiatives

The chairman of Quinnipiac University’s Board of Trustees and his wife have made a $15 million gift, the largest in Quinnipiac’s history, to broadly support the initiatives outlined in the university’s new strategic plan positioning Quinnipiac as “The University of the Future.”

Quinnipiac President Judy D. Olian described the impact Bill and Barbara Weldon, both graduates of the class of 1971, will have through their philanthropy during her address at the university’s 9th presidential inauguration ceremony at the People’s United Center.

Full article text available via Quinnipiac Now, 05/01/2019.

Tad and Dianne Taube Commit $6 Million for Pediatric Cancer Research

Silicon Valley philanthropists Tad and Dianne Taube have committed $6 million to the School of Medicine to establish the Taube Initiative in Pediatric Cancer Research, which will further the development of innovative therapies to improve the cure rates for childhood cancer.

Full article text available via Stanford Medicine News Center, 05/01/2019.

Harvard, MIT Receive $9 Million Gift For Cannabis Research

An investor who made millions investing in the medical cannabis market in Canada has donated $9 million to Harvard and MIT to conduct research on cannabis. The $9 million gift is the largest donation ever earmarked for marijuana research.

Full article text available via The Fix, 05/03/2019.

A $5 Million Gift will Create UC Berkeley’s First Endowed Israel Studies Chair

Several newly announced donations totaling $7 million to the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies will significantly increase its endowment and broaden its academic impact, starting with the creation of an endowed chair.

Full article text available via The Jewish News of Northern California, 05/02/2019.

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