The largest gift in the university's history will be coupled with an additional $10 million through a matching program to support the Sanford Harmony and Sanford Inspire programs, two research-based Sanford Education Center programs that are available at no cost to schools and school districts. The former is designed to strengthen the social and emotional development of pre-K-6 youth by providing a foundation for positive peer relations among boys and girls, students of different cultural/racial backgrounds, and children who have special needs. The latter provides pre-K-12 educators with access to research-based teaching methodologies and approaches designed to create inspiring classroom experiences, as well as a framework for the ongoing assessment and sharing of inspiring teaching methodologies.
"We are so grateful for this historic gift, which together with previous gifts is creating a truly transformative effect for children and teachers in our schools and classrooms," said Michael R. Cunningham, president of National University and chancellor of the National University System. "We are honored to carry out the vision of Denny Sanford, whose impact on society will last for generations."