Philanthropy News Blog

A roundup of philanthropic news.

This Week in Philanthropy: June 13 – June 19

Michigan College Just Got $20 Million for Scholarships

Philanthropist Jon Stryker has donated $20 million to Kalamazoo College to establish a scholarship program for students of color, first-generation students and those from lower-income families.

The school in southwestern Michigan says Friday that the Jon L. Stryker Future Leaders Scholarship program starts with the 2018-19 academic year and will provide $2 million annually over the next decade.

Full article text available via Detroit Free Press, 06/15/2018.

Craigslist Founder Gives $20 Million to CUNY Journalism School

Craig Newmark, the Craigslist entrepreneur who arguably forced the newspaper industry to change its business model after his website put a dent in the lucrative classified ads business, is giving $20 million to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Full article text available via The New York Times, 06/11/2018.

$5M Donation to Expand COCA’s ‘House of the People’

“From pennies to $5 million, we want this to be a real house of the people,” said Kelly Pollock, executive director of Center of Creative Arts (COCA). “We want everyone in the community to feel like when they walk in COCA’s new building it belongs to them.”

Full article text available via The St. Louis American, 06/14/2018.

Buffalo Graduates Get $10 Million Gift from New York State

A $10 million award was presented to the Say Yes Buffalo program at a ceremony Friday. State leaders delivered the award as part of Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion II investment fund.

All of that money will be made available to Say Yes scholarship recipients attending SUNY or CUNY schools. It will be awarded to students demonstrating the most financial need and is meant to help with the cost of college beyond tuition.

Full article text available via WKBW, 06/15/2018.

UA Gets $7.5 Million Gift to Build New Wood Design Center

A $7.5 million gift from the chairman of an Arkansas timber industry company and his wife will help the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville build a new wood design center.

The gift from John Ed and Isabel Anthony will support the Anthony Timberlands Center for Design and Materials Innovation.

Full article text available via Arkansas Online, 06/14/2018.