Client News

Congratulations to Rice University on $50M Gift

Date: 05/15/2015

The Houston Chronicle
publication date: May 14, 2015

A precious gift
John and Ann Doerr's generous donation to Rice University will change lives.

The iconic, rose-colored bricks of Rice University are dotted with the names of exceptionally generous donors: Baker, Brochstein, Brown, Duncan and McNair, to name a few. Today another family adds its name to the list, while raising the bar of giving to what arguably is the pinnacle of higher education in Texas.

Posted In

Sir Doug Ellis donates £1 million to University of Birmingham

Date: 02/03/2015

Former Aston Villa chairman Sir Doug Ellis has donated more than £1 million for a new university school in Birmingham as well as cancer research.

The entrepreneur has pledged to hand over £1.1 million to the University of Birmingham , which will split the cash between the school it is building in Selly Oak and a new medical facility aimed at finding cures for cancer.

Sir Doug said he pledged the cash to the £23 million school after he was impressed by its vision of providing top class education to deprived children.

Posted In

Major Gifts Drive Campaign to Best Autumn Ever

Date: 12/29/2014
December 20, 2014

The season just ending was the most successful autumn ever for The Campaign for SDSU.

With $18.25 million raised since the fall began, the campaign has reached $545 million of its $750-million goal.

SDSU has now received 105 gifts of $1 million or more, and several of these recent large gifts are the second or third from donors.

Posted In

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.

Posted In

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.

Posted In

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.

Posted In

Boeing donates $3 million to Field Museum

Date: 10/09/2014

Crain's (
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.

Posted In

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.

Posted In

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.

Posted In

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.

Posted In