Education

Robin Hood Raises $54.5M at NY Benefit
May 16, 2017 at 10:24 pm

The Robin Hood Foundation raised $54.5 million at its benefit Monday night, revved up by a new leader and a $15 million challenge grant by billionaire Ken Griffin, founder of hedge fund firm Citadel. Robin Hood will use the money to fight poverty in New York City under incoming CEO Wes Moore, the U.S. Army…

New York Public Library Receives $15M Gift
May 16, 2017 at 11:48 am

Philanthropist and New York Public Library Trustee Katharine J. Rayner has given the Library a $15 million gift to strengthen and advance the institution’s internationally-renowned research collections. The major gift, announced at the Library’s Board of Trustees meeting, establishes the “Katharine J. Rayner Fund for Special Collections,” which will fund the Library’s acquisition of special…

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Receives $110M Gift
May 5, 2017 at 2:05 pm

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has received $110 million—the largest private donation in the history of California State University—from William and Linda Frost, Cal State alumni who have worked extensively with administrators for more than a decade “to transform science and mathematics education at Cal Poly,” school officials announced Wednesday. Much of the donation will…

UCLA Team in Carbon XPRIZE Competition Receives $1.5M Donation
May 3, 2017 at 10:20 am

UCLA has received a generous $1.5 million gift from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation to support faculty members competing for the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. The funds will support the team’s efforts to develop a process for capturing carbon dioxide and converting it into a material that can be used in building and…

GoFundMe Raises $33.8M for K–12 Teachers, Drops Major Donation to Education
May 2, 2017 at 1:09 am

GoFundMe has helped K–12 teachers launch 72,000 campaigns and raise $33.8 million to date. To celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week this week (May 1-5), the global crowdfunding platform, in partnership with Yoobi, launched a $100,000 national contest called “We Love Teachers,” which will provide 100 teachers donations up to $1,000. To be eligible, teachers must:…

Television Legend Donald P. Bellisario Endows College of Communications
April 26, 2017 at 8:52 am

Donald P. Bellisario, a 1961 Penn State graduate and the creator of programs who changed the landscape of American television, has made one of the largest gifts in the history of the university. The acclaimed writer, producer and director of shows such as "Magnum P.I.," "Quantum Leap" and "NCIS" has committed $30 million to support communications…

USF Receives Landmark $10M Gift to Advance Catholic Education, Leadership
April 19, 2017 at 1:37 pm

Joan McGrath and her husband, Robert, have donated $10 million to the University of San Francisco to dramatically expand scholarships for Catholic school teaching programs at USF’s School of Education, create a new multidisciplinary student leadership institute and endow scholarships for undergraduate students to enroll in international immersion opportunities. The McGrath gift represents the largest…

Southeastern Louisiana University Receives $10M Donation
April 14, 2017 at 10:23 am

Southeastern Louisiana University receives a $10 million bequest, the largest single donation in its history. SLU spokesperson Mike Rivault says Seth Ryan, a graduate from the Class of 1953, became an anonymous donor 15 years ago. He says Ryan donated much of his estate to the university when he passed away several weeks ago. “Because…

Brown University Receives $24M Gift to Fund Friedman Hall
April 12, 2017 at 10:14 am

With a $24 million gift to fund the comprehensive renovation of the historic Wilson Hall, Brown University will transform one of its most heavily trafficked undergraduate academic buildings into a state-of-the-art facility for teaching and learning in the heart of its College Hill campus. The gift from the Richard A. and Susan P. Friedman Family…

Lerner Foundation Giving $4.8M to Boost Rural School Success
April 11, 2017 at 9:45 am

Eight community organizations, each partnered with a local school district, will each receive a 6-year $600,000 grant as part of a larger effort to spur the post-secondary educational aspirations of rural middle- and high-school students, the Lerner Foundation announced Monday. “Too many young people in rural Maine are missing out on opportunities to reach their…