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Michigan State University Athletics receives $32 million from alumnus

Michigan State University Athletics receives $32 million from alumnus

February 14, 2021

The commitment from former Spartan basketball player Mat Ishbia — the largest cash gift from an individual in MSU history — includes $20 million in support of an expansion of the Skandalaris Football Center and $2 million for the Men's Basketball Excellence Fund....

Oregon State receives $50 million gift for stadium renovation

Oregon State receives $50 million gift for stadium renovation

February 13, 2021

Slated to be completed by 2023, the project includes the renovation of the west side of Reser Stadium and construction of university facilities, including an interactive welcome center, new health center facilities, healthcare facilities for OSU faculty and staff, and additional meeting space....

Diller Foundation awards $10 million for Jewish Law, Israel Studies

Diller Foundation awards $10 million for Jewish Law, Israel Studies

February 13, 2021

The endowment gift from the Helen Diller Foundation will help ensure that the Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies is well positioned to grow and foster excellence in providing meaningful educational opportunities and a positive place for Israel studies....

Community Foundation Update (02/13/2021)

Community Foundation Update (02/13/2021)

February 13, 2021

News and staff announcements from community foundations in Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington....

Newmark Philanthropies commits $15 million to address food insecurity

Newmark Philanthropies commits $15 million to address food insecurity

February 12, 2021

The commitment will support a three-pronged approach to the issue: ensuring that people have access to food today, tackling the issues that drive hunger so people can feed themselves tomorrow, and working to create a new economic normal in which all Americans are food secure....

$38.5 million LA Arts Recovery Fund to support small, midsize groups

$38.5 million LA Arts Recovery Fund to support small, midsize groups

February 12, 2021

Initiated by the J. Paul Getty Trust and administered by the California Community Foundation, the funder collaborative will provide flexible, multiyear operating, technical assistance, and capacity-building support to small and midsize arts organizations in Southern California....

City of Hope receives $100 million gift for medical research

City of Hope receives $100 million gift for medical research

February 12, 2021

City of Hope's longtime research director, Arthur Riggs, has quietly donated a total of $310 million to the organization over the last thirty years — nearly all the wealth generated by his scientific discoveries — in support of efforts to develop new treatments for cancer, diabetes, and other diseases....

United Way Worldwide CEO Brian Gallagher resigns

United Way Worldwide CEO Brian Gallagher resigns

February 11, 2021

Gallagher's future had been up in the air for some time after three women employees of the organization filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in November alleging they were fired or ostracized for reporting misconduct to United Way's human resources department....

Jared Isaacman commits $100 million to St. Jude Children's Hospital

Jared Isaacman commits $100 million to St. Jude Children's Hospital

February 11, 2021

With the aim of helping St. Jude raise $200 million, Isaacman will give a seat on his four-person Inspiration4 mission — the first all-civilian mission to space, which he plans to pilot later this year — to a donor who gives at least $10 to the hospital during the month of February....

Robin Hood CEO Wes Moore to step down

Robin Hood CEO Wes Moore to step down

February 10, 2021

Under Moore's leadership, the organization raised more than $650 million, restructured and refocused its grantmaking portfolio, expanded into the policy arena for the first time, and launched several initiatives....

U.S. colleges, universities raised $49.5 billion in FY20, survey finds

U.S. colleges, universities raised $49.5 billion in FY20, survey finds

February 10, 2021

Based on responses from eight hundred and seventy-three colleges and universities, the Voluntary Support of Education survey found that contributions to U.S. colleges and universities totaled $49.5 billion in the year ending June 30, 2020, with 48.6 percent of institutions reporting an increase in giving....

Marquette University College of Nursing receives $31 million gift

Marquette University College of Nursing receives $31 million gift

February 9, 2021

The gift will establish a strategic initiatives fund focused on emerging healthcare innovations; support the college’s efforts to expand enrollment and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion; and address the shortage of nursing faculty with doctorates....

Fundraiser confidence grew toward year-end, survey finds

Fundraiser confidence grew toward year-end, survey finds

February 9, 2021

AFP's Fundraising Confidence Survey of more than four hundred and fifty fundraisers found that respondents' confidence about meeting their year-end goals had increased to 6.98 on a scale of 1 to 10, up from 6.52 in a September survey....

XPRIZE announces Elon Musk's $100 million carbon removal challenge

XPRIZE announces Elon Musk's $100 million carbon removal challenge

February 9, 2021

With the aim of mitigating the impacts of climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and oceans, the four-year competition invites teams of innovators to propose solutions that can extract CO2 and permanently sequester it in an environmentally benign way....

Blackstone commits $40 million to expand entrepreneurship program

Blackstone commits $40 million to expand entrepreneurship program

February 8, 2021

The foundation will partner with UNCF to expand the LaunchPad entrepreneurship program from thirty to seventy-five campuses over the next five years, with a focus on colleges and universities that have a majority-diverse student body or are serving underresourced communities....

Coral reef fund launched with $10 million commitment

Coral reef fund launched with $10 million commitment

February 8, 2021

The commitment from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the German government, and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation will launch the Global Fund for Coral Reefs, a blended finance instrument dedicated to protecting and restoring coral reef ecosystems....

Rockefeller commits nearly $23 million to COVID-19 recovery in Africa

Rockefeller commits nearly $23 million to COVID-19 recovery in Africa

February 8, 2021

Part of a commitment of $1 billion over three years in support of an inclusive, green, post-pandemic recovery on the continent, the grants will fund efforts to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 testing and vaccines; leverage innovation, data, and machine learning; address a escalating food crisis; and scale access to renewable energy....