“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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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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"And So It's Time." A Tech Donor Cements His Legacy in Southern California

"And So It's Time." A Tech Donor Cements His Legacy in Southern California

Andrew J. Viterbi's philanthropy tends to be ambitious in terms of size and in scope. We dig into his recent $50 million gift to the University of California, San Diego, which, true to form, aims to cure blindness.

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From the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Support for Young Biomedical Researchers

From the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Support for Young Biomedical Researchers

The foundation has pledged $10 million to Stanford Medicine for the training of graduate students in the biomedical sciences, increasing the pipeline of talented young researchers who might otherwise struggle.

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True Believers: A Controversial Campus Donation and the Brave New World of Mega-Giving

True Believers: A Controversial Campus Donation and the Brave New World of Mega-Giving

Critics worry that a $200 million donation for alternative medicine from a tech billionaire and his wife will tar UC Irvine's Medical School as a haven for quacks. But the gift raises larger questions. 

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Fast Forward: What a Big Gift for Life Sciences Research Means for This University

Fast Forward: What a Big Gift for Life Sciences Research Means for This University

In what's becoming a familiar trend, a gift to Boston University finds a billionaire donor trying to propel his alma mater to the upper echelons of the American university research system with a stroke of a pen.

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A Growing Wave: The Startling Rise of Chinese-American Alumni Giving

A Growing Wave: The Startling Rise of Chinese-American Alumni Giving

The emergence of Chinese American giving over the past 10 years has been striking. We dig into its causes and ramifications in the field that has received the most support: higher education.

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Billionaire Express: From Fast Chinese Food to Big-League Campus Giving

Billionaire Express: From Fast Chinese Food to Big-League Campus Giving

No, it's not your imagination: New billionaire philanthropists keep appearing out of nowhere to make eight- and nine-figure gifts, with universities scoring ever-bigger gains. Here's the latest case.  

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