Philanthropy News Blog

A roundup of philanthropic news.

This Week in Philanthropy: March 21 – March 27

Mission Hospital Foundation Receives a Generous Transformational Gift to Name the Hospital’s New Cancer Institute Opening in 2019

Judi and Bill Leonard, longstanding members of the Mission Hospital family, have made a transformational legacy gift to name the hospital’s new Cancer Institute. Their eight-figure gift will significantly advance cancer care for the nearly two million people who live in south Orange County. The new 104,000-square-foot building, to be dedicated the Judi and Bill Leonard Institute for Cancer Prevention, Treatment and Wellness at Mission Hospital, is currently under construction and will open in 2019.

Full article text available via Business Wire, 03/21/2018.

Marcus Foundation $15 Million Gift Will Create Marcus Stroke Network, an Innovative Partnership Among Leading Health Groups

The Marcus Foundation has donated $15 million to establish the Marcus Stroke Network, a coordinated and collaborative effort among Grady Health System, Emory University School of Medicine, Boca Raton Regional Hospital and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to help reduce stroke disability and death rates in the Southeastern United States.

Full article text available via Emory News Center, 03/21/2018.

George Mason Lands $5 Million Koch Foundation Donation for Department of Economics

George Mason University will use a $5 million gift to its Department of Economics to create three faculty positions, the school announced.

Full article text available via Washington Post, 03/22/2018.

SUNY Oneonta Names Building for $5 Million Donor

The State University College at Oneonta has received a $5 million donation from graduate Janet Perna, the largest amount ever given to the school by an alumna.

The school’s Science 1 building will be named the “Janet R. Perna Science Building” in recognition of the former IBM Software Group executive, who retired in 2006 as the company’s highest-ranking female employee.

Full article text available via The Daily Star, 03/22/2018.

$18 Million Gift to Benefit LLCC Agriculture Program

An $18 million endowment is headed to Lincoln Land Community College’s agriculture program thanks to two Macon County farmers.

The donation comes from the estate of the late Charles and Irene Kreher. The trust also directs the LLCC ag program to implement an education program on their farm near Blue Mound.

Full article text available via State Journal-Register, 03/22/2018.

Victory Square Committing $10 Million Towards Children’s Charity Initiatives in BC

Vancouver-based investing firm Victory Square is dedicating $10 million towards charity initiatives that improve the lives of children in BC.

Over 50 organizations across BC have been selected to receive funding from Victory Square. They include: BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Science World, Meal Share, WE Family, Variety BC, Room 2 Read, A4K, Simon Fraser Victory Square Girl’s Tech Camp, Children’s Wish Foundation, Covenant House BC and KIDSSAFE.

Full article text available via Betakit, 03/22/2018.

$5M Gift to Smart Museum Establishes Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry

The Smart Museum of Art announces the creation of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry, a new center that will integrate object-driven inquiry into the educational mission of the University of Chicago. Housed at the Smart and led by newly appointed director Issa Lampe, the Feitler Center is named for Joan (AM ’55) and Robert Feitler (Lab ’45, X ’50) in recognition of a $5 million gift and decades of service to the University and the arts.

Full article text available via ArtfixDaily, 03/25/2018.

Cal Poly Pomona Receives $10 Million Donation, This Is How It Will Spend It

Cal Poly Pomona officials announced The Collins College of Hospitality Management had received the single largest donation in its history.

Longtime philanthropic supporters Carol and Jim Collins donated $10 million to the college, according to Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya M. Coley in a news release.

Full article text available via Daily Bulletin, 03/20/2018.