“Expedite the Translation.” A Billionaire Keeps the Big Gifts for Medical Research Flowing

“Expedite the Translation.” A Billionaire Keeps the Big Gifts for Medical Research Flowing

A common theme of Len Blavatnik’s giving is an eagerness to support promising areas of medical research. Still, his biggest gift yet—$200 million to Harvard Medical School—has raised the usual questions about big philanthropy.

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Red State, Blue Causes: The Local Foundation Pursuing an Equity Agenda in Ohio

Red State, Blue Causes: The Local Foundation Pursuing an Equity Agenda in Ohio

Ohio helped swing the 2016 election to Donald Trump, and the GOP controls both the governorship and state legislature there. But the Gordon Gund Foundation keeps working against the tide to advance a progressive agenda.

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A "Wasted Opportunity?" Unpacking Michael Bloomberg's Mega-Gift to Johns Hopkins

A "Wasted Opportunity?" Unpacking Michael Bloomberg's Mega-Gift to Johns Hopkins

Bloomberg’s $1.8 billion gift to his alma mater has attracted a range of criticisms. We sort through which are fair and which aren’t—and how his detractors miss a central issue in the debate over higher ed and philanthropy.

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Never Too Late: A Foundation’s Latest Investment in Adult Education

Never Too Late: A Foundation’s Latest Investment in Adult Education

Lumina has set an ambitious goal to increase the proportion of adults with post-secondary degrees and certifications to 60 percent by 2025. That number hovered around 47 percent as recently as 2016. Here’s the latest effort to move the needle.

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With an Eye Toward Asia, an Alumnus Donor Looks to Prepare Lawyers for the "Global Arena"

With an Eye Toward Asia, an Alumnus Donor Looks to Prepare Lawyers for the "Global Arena"

While donors have made it a point to prepare law students for an increasingly interconnected world, a recent gift from the “Godfather of the Airline Industry” focuses on Asia, which will remain the fastest-growing region in the world through 2030.

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A Big Gift from a Houston Couple to Support Foster Kids Navigating College

A Big Gift from a Houston Couple to Support Foster Kids Navigating College

With a $17 million gift to the University of Houston to help foster kids complete degrees, a Texas couple joins the small but growing number of givers intent on assisting youth in the face of multiple challenges.

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The Son of Immigrants: The Personal Forces Behind a Private Equity Guy's Giving

The Son of Immigrants: The Personal Forces Behind a Private Equity Guy's Giving

Private equity star Jean-Pierre Conte is the son of immigrants from France and Cuba. We talk with him about what motivates his growing giving, including support for first generation college students.

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Prevention is the Best Medicine: Behind a Big Campus Gift for Public Health

Prevention is the Best Medicine: Behind a Big Campus Gift for Public Health

A $25 million gift earmarked for a public health school finds a Giving Pledge signee with a decades-long track record of Florida-based philanthropy turning his attention 3,000 miles west, to San Diego. What’s that about?

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In the Battle for Academic Firepower, Another Big Gift to Recruit Superstar Faculty

In the Battle for Academic Firepower, Another Big Gift to Recruit Superstar Faculty

In an increasingly competitive higher ed landscape, donors are ramping up support for universities' efforts to recruit "superstar" professors. We dig into a recent gift to Wharton from a Wall Street billionaire.

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Faithful Patron: How a Private Equity Veteran Thinks About His Campus Giving

Faithful Patron: How a Private Equity Veteran Thinks About His Campus Giving

Marc J. Leder went to Penn on student loans, and hasn’t forgotten the school that gave him his start. We talk with Leder about his recent seven-figure gifts to his alma mater and his philanthropic mission overall.

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"A Fraught Moment." Donors Get Behind a Campus Initiative to Strengthen Democracy

"A Fraught Moment." Donors Get Behind a Campus Initiative to Strengthen Democracy

It’s not just foundations that are channelling new funds to democracy work. Rising anxiety about the future of American civic life is also sparking university giving in this space—including recent donations to UVA.

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It Was a Very Good Year: How Did a Regional Public University Make Fundraising History?

It Was a Very Good Year: How Did a Regional Public University Make Fundraising History?

The University of Alabama eclipses its previous annual fundraising tally by over $100 million thanks to a growing donor base, two mega-gifts in short succession, and an ambitious athletic capital campaign. We unpack the story.

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For a University and a Top Billionaire Donor, a Huge Bet on Artificial Intelligence

For a University and a Top Billionaire Donor, a Huge Bet on Artificial Intelligence

MIT is making its largest structural change since the 1950s, fueled in part by a historic gift from Stephen Schwarzman of $350 million. The campaign underscores a number of trends in academia and philanthropy amid a surge of interest in AI.

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Legacy: A Big Gift in Arkansas, With Rockefeller Wealth

Legacy: A Big Gift in Arkansas, With Rockefeller Wealth

Winthrop Rockefeller moved to Arkansas in 1953, and his philanthropic legacy continues to this day, most recently with a $100 million commitment to a University of Arkansas-based think tank from a trust he established at his death that’s now set to wind down.

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"World-Class." A Hotelier’s Mega-Gift Matches a Regional University's Ambitions

"World-Class." A Hotelier’s Mega-Gift Matches a Regional University's Ambitions

Purdue University in Indiana is yet another heartland school on a fundraising roll, with some of its new resources underwriting a building boom on campus—including a recent $30 million gift for a top-notch hotel.

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"Seeds of Inspiration." The Walton Family Foundation's Latest Push for More Diverse Museums

"Seeds of Inspiration." The Walton Family Foundation's Latest Push for More Diverse Museums

As arts funders remain laser-focused on equity—both in terms of representation and access—the Walton Family Foundation makes another big gift towards diversifying the ranks of museum leaders.

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