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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.

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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

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.

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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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