Philanthropy News Blog

A roundup of philanthropic news.

This Week in Philanthropy: September 5 – September 11

Alumnus Makes Largest Single Gift in MSU History

Michigan State University announced a historic $30 million gift from alumnus and real estate developer Edward J. Minskoff toward completion of the Business Pavilion at the Eli Broad College of Business.

The gift, the largest single gift received from an individual in MSU’s 163-year history, will create innovative learning and career development spaces for business students.

Full article text available via MSU Today, 09/06/2018.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee exceeds $200 million fundraising goal, pushes on

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has made history by raising more than $200 million for its university-wide fundraising effort – Made in Milwaukee, Shaping the World: The Campaign for UWM.

The campaign, which will continue through June 30, 2019, is raising support for student success, research excellence and community engagement.

Full article text available via Newswise, 09/10/2018.

The Virginia Home Receives Record $6 Million Gift from Chesterfield Family

A Chesterfield couple whose disabled daughter was cared for at The Virginia Home for 35 years alerted officials of the long-term residential care facility about a decade ago that they would be leaving the bulk of their estate to the private, non-profit organization.

Full article text available via Richmond Times-Dispatch, 09/05/2018.

Western Announces $80M Gift, New Computer Science and Engineering School

An $80-million gift is bringing Western State Colorado University’s Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science and Engineering to life, the school announced.

It’s the largest gift in the university’s history and one of the largest donations ever to a public university in Colorado.

Full article text available via ABC 7 Denver, 09/06/2018.

IU Media School Gets $6 Million Gift to Start Investigative Reporting Center

The Media School at Indiana University will launch a center for investigative reporting next fall, with the help of a $6 million gift — the largest in the history of the century-old journalism program.

Full article text available via Indianapolis Star, 09/06/2018.

“We Will” Campaign Surpasses $4 Billion with Gift from Bon and Holly French

A major new commitment from Northwestern University trustee and alumnus T. Bondurant (“Bon”) French ’75, ’76 MBA and his wife, Hollis (“Holly”) S. French, has pushed fundraising for We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern past the $4 billion mark and well beyond its original goal of $3.75 billion, nearly two years ahead of schedule.

Full article text available via Northwestern Now, 09/06/2018.

Peterson Family Trust Gives $6 Million to UA Monticello

The University of Arkansas-Monticello announced its largest gift, about $6 million from the trust of the late Merle and Deloris Peterson of Dumas.

Chancellor Karen Hughes announced the gift and said it would be in excess of $6 million after property appraisals are completed.

Full article text available via Arkansas Times, 09/07/2018.

$10 Million Gift to “Enhance the Fairgoer’s Experience for Years to Come”

Executive Director of the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation Peter Cownie stopped by Good Morning Iowa to talk about the $10 million gift that will be used in part to renovate the 4-H Building and will support the Foundation’s endowment, Our Fair’s Future.

Full article text available via We Are, 09/10/2018.

$5-Million Gift Enhances Children’s Health Research in Alberta

After undergoing successful heart surgery when she was 12, Grace Fisher took part in a learning session with a nurse as part of a research program to help her better understand her chronic condition and how to advocate for her own health.

“For years and years, I had my cardiologist come and talk to me about the results of my heart condition, but never the heart condition itself,” said Fisher.

Full article available via Folio, 09/10/2018.

Amherst College Announces $50 Million Anonymous Gift as Part of its Promise: The Campaign for Amherst’s Third Century

Amherst College has received a gift of $50 million by an anonymous donor as part of its comprehensive campaign, Promise: The Campaign for Amherst’s Third Century. This gift, along with a $100 million gift from an anonymous alumnus announced at the campaign’s launch in April, has provided a strong base for the College’s goal of raising $625 million over the next five years.

Full article text available via Amherst College, 09/10/2018.

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