Education

Helmsley Grants $5M to Study Rise of Crohn's Disease in the East
March 31, 2017 at 8:38 am

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has provided a total of $5.2 million to the Australasian Gastro Intestinal Research Foundation and the Chinese University of Hong Kong to study environmental factors that influence the development of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), which have been rising in Asia. The 3-year grants will support researchers in Hong…

George Lucas Family Foundation Gives USC Film School $10 Million Endowment
March 28, 2017 at 8:42 am

The George Lucas Family Foundation has granted the USC School of Cinematic Arts with a second endowment of $10 million to provide financial support to African-American and Hispanic students, raising the foundation’s student diversity support effort to $20 million. The foundation was established at the school in the fall 2016 semester with an initial $10…

$8M Gift to GW University Will Expand Clark Engineering Scholars Program
March 27, 2017 at 8:31 am

The Clark Charitable Foundation has made an $8 million gift to the George Washington University to expand an engineering scholars program that rewards SEAS students with financial assistance, professional development and leadership and networking opportunities. The Clark Engineering Scholars Program began in 2011 with an $8 million gift from the late A. James Clark, a…

DonorsChoose.org Helps Teachers Pay for Students’ Basic Needs
March 23, 2017 at 8:28 am

DonorsChoose.org, the nonprofit organization dedicated to funding children’s educational needs, launched its Student Life Essentials Program earlier this year. Prior to the launch, DonorsChoose conducted a survey that included 2,000 teachers who were from high-poverty schools throughout the nation...

ALSAM Foundation Gives $10M Challenge Grant to UA College of Pharmacy
March 21, 2017 at 8:37 am

Commitments totaling more than $12 million will help pave the way for expanding and renovating the Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Center at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Tucson campus. The ALSAM Foundation provided a $10 million challenge grant to the UA College of Pharmacy—the largest commitment in the history of the college. Class of ’67…

Strada Education Network Announces $6.5M Gift to the Jackie Robinson Foundation
March 20, 2017 at 8:45 am

Strada Education Network, formerly USA Funds, announced a $6.5 million grant to the Jackie Robinson Foundation to support its mission of education and leadership development. The grant is the largest single donation to JRF since its founding by Rachel Robinson in 1973, the year after the death of her husband, sports and social justice icon…

$50M Endowment Establishes New Computer Science, Engineering School at UW
March 13, 2017 at 2:46 pm

The University of Washington took an ambitious step today to assert its leadership in computer science education, research and entrepreneurial innovation with the establishment of the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. The Board of Regents voted to name the school after Allen—the internationally renowned entrepreneur, philanthropist and computing pioneer—in recognition of…

Someone Donated $1M to Fund New York Times Subscriptions for Students
March 10, 2017 at 1:53 pm

An anonymous donor contributed $1 million to a pool that will fund free access to NYTimes.com for students across the U.S., the New York Times said in a press release. The $1 million donation was one of more than 15,000 collected by NYT since it launched its "Sponsor a Subscription" program on Feb. 3. Besides news…

Charles Koch Foundation Gives $2.2M to Penn Law School
March 10, 2017 at 9:02 am

The Charles Koch Foundation has a given a grant of up to $2.2 million to the University of Pennsylvania Law School for research on ways to improve fairness in the criminal justice system. The funding will go to the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the law school. The center focuses on…

Nonprofit Accuses Rogers State University Foundation of Fraud
March 8, 2017 at 9:00 am

A nonprofit corporation that provides therapeutic horseback riding for children with disabilities has filed a lawsuit accusing Rogers State University Foundation of fraud. The Rogers State University (RSU) Foundation is accused of scheming to manipulate Bit by Bit Therapeutic Riding Center into agreeing to raise $1.3 million for land previously donated to the university for Bit by…