Wealthy Donors

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…

Civil War Battlefields Could Get Trump's First Salary Donation
May 3, 2017 at 10:17 am

The National Park Service has identified projects in three national parks—all Civil War or Revolutionary War battlefields—that could receive money donated back to the government from President Trump's presidential salary. At the top of the list are two restoration projects at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, both of which would cost about $78,000—almost…

Zuckerberg, Chan's Philanthropy Backs Effort to Change Scientific Publishing
April 28, 2017 at 10:05 am

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the philanthropic investment vehicle created by Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, MD, will fund an effort to allow biologists to share drafts of papers before they are published in peer-reviewed scientific journals like Nature or Science. Financial terms were not disclosed. Cori Bargmann, the president…

Couple Starts Nonprofit to Help Families of Fallen Officers
April 27, 2017 at 10:23 am

One couple decided to do something to help the families affected by the increase in the number of police killed in the line of duty. The Rice family said the tragedy of Deputy Geer's death inspired them to create a nonprofit organization to help families of fallen heroes across the country. The nonprofit is called the…

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…

Tom Brady Arranges for Special Needs Charity to Fund Own Charity Trust
April 25, 2017 at 11:15 am

Best Buddies has been a great friend to Tom Brady’s own charitable goals. Best Buddies International, which bills itself as a nonprofit that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has profited greatly from its relationship with the Patriots quarterback, who has lent his image and time to help the charity grow. Since 2011, Brady…

$5M Donation to Enable Native American Museum in Ohio
April 25, 2017 at 11:10 am

A $5 million donation to a university in Northeast Ohio will enable construction of a museum centering on Native American artifacts and research. University of Akron president Matthew Wilson said the donation from Jim and Vanita Oelschlager will be used to construct The Oak Native American Museum, as part of the Institute for Human Science…

$25M Gift to Boston Medical Center Will Help Launch Opioid Center
March 8, 2017 at 9:08 am

Boston Medical Center has received a $25 million gift—the largest in its history—and plans to use the money to fight what it calls the “heartbreaking” public-health crisis caused by drug addiction and the opioid epidemic. The donation to BMC, which serves more low-income patients than any other medical facility in New England, will create the…

Chance the Rapper Announces $1M Donation to Chicago Public Schools
March 7, 2017 at 10:34 am

Chance the Rapper held a press conference at Westcott Elementary School in Chicago to announce that he is donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. “Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positions,” he said. He later revealed that he and Common will speak on the phone to discuss further funding. The…

Samsung to Change Donation Policies Amid Bribery Scandal
February 28, 2017 at 9:15 am

In the last six months, Samsung has been no stranger to scandal. Since September, it's hurriedly dealt with the fallout from its Galaxy Note 7 recall and has been thrust into an investigation over bribery claims involving some of its top executives in recent weeks. After staying mostly silent on the South Korean monetary probe,…