• Why a reclusive billionaire decided to give $500 million in art to L.A. museum

    Date: 11/14/2014
    By David Ng, Suzanne Muchnic

    A junior talent agent at MCA a half-century ago, Jerry Perenchio was assigned to accompany British actor Charles Laughton as he toured the U.S. giving staged theatrical readings.

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  • Smithsonian Announces $1.5 Billion Fundraising Campaign

    Date: 10/21/2014
    Published October 20, 2014

    The Smithsonian today announced plans to raise $1.5 billion in its first organization-wide fundraising campaign, the largest in history for a cultural institution.

    The early or “quiet” phase of the campaign began in October 2010; the campaign will continue through 2017. The Smithsonian has raised more than $1 billion, or two-thirds of its overall goal, through gifts from individuals, foundations, corporations and other donors.

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  • Shidler ups University of Hawaii business school gift to $100M

    Date: 10/20/2014

    Pacific Business News
    Reported by Duane Shimogawa
    October 17, 2014

    Hawaii real estate mogul Jay Shidler is quadrupling his gift to the University of Hawaii business school that bears his name, increasing his initial $25 million gift to a total of $100 million, the largest gift ever from a single donor, university officials said Friday.

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  • Boeing donates $3 million to Field Museum

    Date: 10/09/2014

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    Reported by Shia Kapos

    Boeing Co. has donated $3 million to the Field Museum to continue conservation efforts in the Chicago area -- and as far away as the Amazon River and eastern Andes mountains.

    “We are proud to present this gift, which advances our mutual interests in improving quality of life in our communities and supporting global environmental protection and preservation,” said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO James McNerney Jr. in a press release announcing the gift. He is a Field trustee.

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  • UA's $50 million donation one of largest in school history

    Date: 09/22/2014
    Reported by Anne Ryman
    September 19, 2014

    A philanthropist who died earlier this year is leaving the University of Arizona $50 million, one of the largest single gifts in school history.

    The donation from the estate of Agnese Nelms Haury pushes the university's $1.5 billion fund-raising campaign past the $1 billion mark.

    UA President Ann Weaver Hart called Haury's contributions extremely valuable to the university and the world.

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  • Dolby Labs founder's legacy: helping dementia patients

    Date: 09/22/2014
    Reported by Stephanie M. Lee

    September 18, 2014

    A year after the death of Ray Dolby, the pioneering sound engineer in San Francisco who struggled with Alzheimer's disease, his family has revealed that they hope to help patients like him by giving $21 million to the California Pacific Medical Center.

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  • USC Passes Halfway Mark in $6 Billion Fundraising Drive

    Date: 09/15/2014
    By Michael McDonald

    The University of Southern California, the state’s largest private college, has raised $3.7 billion, putting it on pace to meet a $6 billion capital campaign goal by the end of 2018.

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  • University of Utah law school receives $2.2M gift

    Date: 09/12/2014

    Deseret News
    September 11, 2014

    The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law will have a new endowed chairman and support for its loan forgiveness program and annual debate program thanks to a $2.2 million gift from the estate of the late Rita E. Fordham.

    Fordham was the widow of Jefferson B. Fordham, former University of Pennsylvania Law School dean and distinguished university professor of law at the U. The gifts were announced at a Celebration of Life memorial last month.

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  • University of Kentucky Announces $20M Gift

    Date: 09/04/2014

    University of Kentucky News (
    Reported by Jay Blanton, Sarah Geegan, Amy Jones-Timoney, Kody Kiser

    University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto Thursday announced the largest gift in UK's history — a $20 million commitment and lead gift by UK graduate and Trustee Carol Martin (Bill) Gatton toward the construction of the university's new 330,000-square-foot Student Center.

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  • Campaign for Texas Goes Out with a Bang

    Date: 09/02/2014

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    By Angela Curtis

    The Campaign for Texas, the state’s most ambitious nonprofit fundraising effort to date, concluded Aug. 31, topping its $3 billion goal by $115 million.

    The $856 million that The University of Texas at Austin raised in the campaign’s final year is believed to set a new single-year record for higher-education fundraising in the state. Gifts to the eight-year campaign came from all 50 states and 97 countries.