Philanthropy News Blog

A roundup of philanthropic news.

This Week in Philanthropy: February 14 – February 20

Seattle Children’s Gets $60M Gift — Second Largest in Hospital History

Seattle Children’s has been given a gift that will likely total more than $60 million and will go to help families in need and to pay for uncompensated care.

The gift, the second largest in the hospital’s 111-year history, comes from the estate of Bruce Leven, a Mercer Island resident and businessman who died in September.

Full text article available via KOMO News, 02/13/2018.

Biggest Gift to Divinity School

Natalie Campbell, a student in Harvard Divinity School’s (HDS) Master of Theological Studies Program, needs more than a campus. She needs a kind of second home.

She commutes to class each day from Belmont and can’t easily go back and forth to School, so she often stays in Cambridge late into the evening. As a result, she needs a place not only to study, but where she can eat, relax, and connect with classmates. Unfortunately, she says those kinds of spaces are few and far between at HDS, particularly in the School’s main building, Andover Hall.

Full article text available via The Harvard Gazette, 02/15/2018.

Gifts Surge Nearly 60 Percent at UA; Student Union to be Named after Donor of $20 Million

Donations to the University of Akron jumped nearly 60 percent for the first six months of this fiscal year.

The tally doesn’t include the university’s largest single gift ever: a $20 million donation from the estate of Jean Hower Taber, who died in July at age 94.

Full article text available via Akron Beacon Journal, 02/14/2018.

Abington High School Receives Record $25 Million Gift for STEM Facility

Billionaire investor and philanthropist Stephen Schwarzman will donate a record $25 million to fund the construction of a new Science and Technology Center at his alma mater, Abington High School.

The gift, one of the largest ever made to a public high school, will radically transform how the district structures its secondary curriculum, with a heavy new emphasis on early training in STEM fields.

Full article text available via Philly Voice, 02/14/2018.

$20 Million Naming Gift For JCC

The JCC Manhattan has been renamed the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan in memory of the late philanthropist who was a supporter of the Upper West Side institution for two decades.

Ms. Meyerson, who died a year ago in Dallas of ovarian cancer at 76, was a Texas native who early in her life divided her time between New York City and Santa Fe, N.M. She and her husband Morton were contributors to many civic and Jewish causes in Dallas.

Full article text available via The Jewish Week Media Group, 02/13/2018.

Smart Museum Announces $5 Million Gift, New Focus on U. of C. Students

The University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art announced Tuesday a $5 million donation that matches the largest gift in its history and boosts the museum’s endowment by 25 percent, officials said.

The donation from Chicago philanthropists Joan and Robert Feitler will establish the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry at the Smart, a new center designed to boost interaction between the museum, its collection and the university.

Full article text available via The Chicago Tribune, 02/13/2018.

Tschannen: A Name to Remember after Record Gift to Sac State

Sacramento State will honor the immigrant who made the largest single gift in the University’s 71-year history by putting his name on a building under construction near the American River. The Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex is the first donor-named academic building on campus.

Tschannen’s $9 million gift was made public Friday, Feb. 16 – his 93rd birthday – during a news conference at Riverview Hall, the new student residence, attended by 150 students, faculty, staff, and friends of the University.

Full article text available via Sacramento State News, 02/16/2018.

Brown University Receives $56M in Gifts to Benefit Medical Research

Brown Chancellor Samuel M. Mencoff and wife Ann S. Mencoff have given Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School $50 million intended to help transform biomedical research into cures and treatments for disease, the university announced on Thursday.

A separate, anonymous $6-million gift will specifically advance scholarship and research into Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Full article text available via Providence Journal, 02/15/2018.