The gift includes $10 million toward construction of a new building to house the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Institute for Social Leadership and $3.1 million to establish the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Honors Program in Social Leadership. The latter will incorporate an existing MBA program in social leadership at the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management and the Israel Center for Third-Sector Research and be expanded to include executive programs, all under the aegis of the institute.
"As part of our long-term relationship with Ben-Gurion University, the Mandel Foundation welcomes the opportunity to assist the university in further developing the area of social leadership," said foundation chair and CEO Morton L. Mandel. "This gift represents our desire to support Ben-Gurion University, the city of Beer Sheva, and the advancement of social leadership in Israel."
"This donation has made it possible to create the highest-quality educational program to train the next generation of nonprofit managers while broadening the scope of research in the field and make a real impact on the quality of NGO management in Israel," said Amos Drory, the university's vice president for external affairs and a former dean of the Guilford Glazer Faculty. "This is the Mandel Foundation’s unique vision and this is likewise part of our DNA."