There's an Institute for That? Behind a $100 Million Gift to Explore the Neurobiology of Compassion

There's an Institute for That? Behind a $100 Million Gift to Explore the Neurobiology of Compassion

The latest in Denny Sanford’s string of big gifts finds the credit card billionaire underwriting a new institute at University of California San Diego to research empathy and reshape medical training to benefit doctors and patients.

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Giving It All Away: The Latest Big Gift From Billionaire T. Denny Sanford

Giving It All Away: The Latest Big Gift From Billionaire T. Denny Sanford

Pledging to give away a $2.5 billion fortune in his lifetime, the credit card mogul is keeping up a steady pace of eight- and nine-figure gifts. We talk with him about where his latest $100 million donation is going.

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A Billionaire, Intent on "Dying Broke," Keeps the Big Gifts Flowing

A Billionaire, Intent on "Dying Broke," Keeps the Big Gifts Flowing

South Dakota businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, 82, has long said he aims to dispose of his fortune in his lifetime. His most recent flurry of giving suggests he is very much a man of his word.

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Are Gifts for Cybersecurity the Next Gold Rush for Campus Fundraisers?

Are Gifts for Cybersecurity the Next Gold Rush for Campus Fundraisers?

With many cybersecurity jobs going unfilled, higher ed has a key role to play in closing a growing skills gap, and some donors are stepping forward to lend a hand. We look at a major gift off the beaten track. 

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Interested in Denny Sanford’s Money? Be Direct

There are no strings attached to Sanford's money, no bean counters, no application process fraught with red tape. Sanford’s inbox is always open for proposals, especially from children’s organizations and hospitals, which he reads himself. If he likes you, he’ll write you a check—likely, a very big check—from his personal checking account. But how do you catch his eye?
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