Marc and Lynne Benioff's $100 Million Announcement

Marc and Lynne Benioff have long been active in the Bay Area philanthropy scene. But now they're really ramping things up. The Salesforce founder and CEO and his wife just made their second $100 million donation to UCSF hospitals since 2010, doubling down on children's health.
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Guess Who Just Gave $1 Million to Planned Parenthood

Hint: it’s not who you think. Think back, far far back, to the 1992 Presidential Election. Were you even alive back then? Remember Texas independent Ross Perot? Conservative on gun control and in favor of small government, though staunchly pro-choice, his platform was very interesting, garnering 18.9% of the popular vote before fading into political obscurity by the time the 1996 election rolled around.
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What’s the Secret to Catching Henry Samueli’s Eye?

As soon as Broadcom went public in 1998, Henry Samueli was rolling up $30 million and off-loading it to his alma mater, UCLA, to found the Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. Shortly thereafter, he gave $20 million to UC Irvine to found an Engineering school there. And those first two gifts set a real precedent for the giving he’s undertaken since: He’s handed out over $285 million since 1999. And he’s signed the Giving Pledge in 2012.
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Why Silicon Valley Is Hot to Fund Stanford's New Hospital

For many large universities and hospitals, getting big-money investors is a struggle. Stanford University Hospital, however, seems to have hit upon the perfect combination of lures to get big donors interested, and we could all learn a little something from the way they've played up their strengths—and needs—to a definite advantage.
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Which Five Bay-Area Organizations Just Landed $10 Million Each from the Salesforce Foundation?

Headquartered in San Francisco, the Salesforce Foundation has a vested interest in funding initiatives that improve its home turf. In 2010, it announced its new Power of Us: San Francisco program, zeroing in on five nonprofit organizations within southeastern San Francisco to receive $10 million apiece.
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An Inside Look at the Bezos Center for Neural Circuit Dynamics

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos may have gotten a slow start with his personal philanthropy, but he’s making up for lost time now. His biggest and most recent major gift has been $15 million to establish the Bezos Center for Neural Circuit Dynamics, at Bezos’ alma mater Princeton University. This gift was announced just before Christmas, 2011.
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