Philanthropy News Blog

A roundup of philanthropic news.

This Week in Philanthropy: February 7 – February 13

UCLA Receives a $6.5-Million Donation for Its Basketball Programs

UCLA has received a massive infusion of cash for its basketball programs and its coaches have been bestowed new titles as part of a $6.5-million donation that was announced Thursday.

The donation from Jodi and Michael Price will establish the Michael Price Family UCLA Basketball Excellence Program to support both the men’s and women’s teams equally at the discretion of their respective head coaches and Bruins athletic director Dan Guerrero. It’s expected that the money will fund new development programs and initiatives.

Full article text available via Los Angeles Times, 02/08/2018.

UCSF to Build New Hospital, Aided by $500M Gift

Boosted by a massive new donation, UC San Francisco has unveiled plans to build a world-class hospital on its Parnassus Heights campus, replacing the aging Moffitt Hospital.

The university announced a massive $500 million commitment from the Helen Diller Foundation to support the planning, design and construction of the new hospital, ensuring that UCSF will have an earthquake-resistant structure that can continue to provide top-tier care to patients in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Full article text available via The Mercury News, 02/08/2018.

Football Performance Center gets $5 Million Gift

Illinois football’s new performance center got a big financial boost towards completion. Former Illinios lineman Stu Levenick and his wife Nancy announced they are donating $5 million towards the project. Their donation makes up 1/6th of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics financial goal towards the facility.

Full article text available via Illinois, 02/08/2018.

Indiana University School of Medicine Receives $14M Gift

The Indiana University School of Medicine has received a $14 million gift that will allow for the establishment of a program that helps oncology patients navigate challenges they face with cancer and more.

The Indianapolis Star reports that the gift was provided to the university by the Walther Cancer Foundation. The Walther Supportive Oncology Program at the IU Simon Cancer Center will now offer the services in one place to patients.

Full article text available via WTHR, 02/10/2018.

Houston Billionaire Couple Gives Memorial Hermann $25 Million

Houston billionaires Fayez and Susan Sarofim have donated $25 million to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, the largest gift in the hospital’s history.

The donation, in the planning stages for several years, was announced by hospital officials and will go toward a massive upgrade of key critical-care facilities at the system’s flagship hospital.

Full article text available via Houston Chronicle, 02/07/2018.

Wayland Baptist University Gets $8 Million Anonymous Gift, Largest in School History

Officials from Wayland Baptist University announced an anonymous $8 million estate gift from one of its alumni.

It is the largest single cash gift in the Plainview-based school’s 109-year history.

Full article text available via Amarillo Globe-News, 02/07/2018.

$5-Million Gift Positions Alberta to Become International Leader in Youth Mental Health

New resources to help children and youth with mental health and addiction issues will be developed in Alberta thanks to a $5-million gift.

CASA, a child, adolescent and family mental health organization, announced it was committed to providing the funds to the University of Alberta’s Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry to develop a new CASA Research Chair in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Full article text available via EurekAlert!, 02/07/2018.

Alums Gift $5 Million to SJ State Athletics

San Jose State University announced that two of its alumni have donated $5 million towards the school’s athletic department.

Larry and Deidre Solari, former SJSU students who met on a blind date after college, gave the university a signed gift commitment that will support SJSU football personnel and facilities, including plans for a football operations center envisioned near CEFCU Stadium, university officials said.

Full article text available via SF Bay News, 02/08/2018.