Philanthropy News

The Philanthropy Outlook is Making Headlines

Date: 02/26/2015

Several publications have already written on The Philanthropy Outlook. In case you missed them, here are links to the articles. We'll continue to add to this list as it grows. 

Finding the Cash for Big Arts Projects

Date: 01/15/2015

The Wall Street Journal
By Jennifer Smith
January 14, 2015

From Museum Mile to the High Line, many of the city’s major cultural institutions are in the midst of costly real estate or strategic projects this year. That means arts fundraisers must polish their pitches, woo patrons with creative naming opportunities—your family name on the passenger drop-off area!—and target the next generation of donors.

Los Angeles Philharmonic receiving $20-million gift from David Bohnett

Date: 12/12/2014
By David Ng

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is receiving a $20-million gift from technology entrepreneur and philanthropist David Bohnett, the orchestra announced Wednesday. The gift, which is the second largest in the orchestra's history, is being made in recognition of Deborah Borda, the orchestra's president and chief executive..

Historic $130 million gift from the Rogers family to establish the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research

Date: 11/28/2014

On November 20, 2014, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), University Health Network (UHN) and the University of Toronto (U of T) announced the creation of the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research (the Centre) funded by an unprecedented donation of $130 million from the Rogers family – the largest monetary gift ever made to a Canadian health care initiative. The donation will be matched with $139 million in additional funds combined from SickKids, UHN, and U of T for a total investment of $269 million.

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.

Giving USA: Americans Gave $335.17 Billion to Charity in 2013; Total Approaches Pre-Recession Peak

Date: 06/17/2014

Released by The Giving Institute and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
June 17, 2014

Fourth consecutive year of growth driven by boost in individual giving; gains not equal across the board for all categories of charities

Jordan’s giving to Notre Dame is unprecedented: $75 million is largest single gift; bringing total to $150 million

Date: 05/02/2014

A $75 million gift from University of Notre Dame alumnus and Trustee John W. “Jay” Jordan is the largest in the University’s history and makes him its most generous benefactor, with a giving total of $150 million.

$25-Million Gifts Benefit Iowa State and Temple Universities

Date: 11/26/2013

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A $25-million donation from publishers Roy and Bobbi Reiman will set Iowa State University on the road to realizing long-held plans to enclose its open-ended football stadium, reports the Associated Press.

Tom Hunter awarded Carnegia Medal of Philanthropy

Date: 10/18/2013

Published on
October 17, 2013

Scots businessman Tom Hunter has dedicated an international award for his philanthropic work to his late father.

The entrepreneur paid tribute to his “hero and inspiration” as he attended a ceremony at the Scottish Parliament to receive the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy.

Harvard Seeks $6.5 Billion as Gifts Over $50 Million Proliferate

Date: 09/24/2013

Published on
Sep 23, 2013
By Michael McDonald & John Lauerman

The number of so-called mega donations to U.S. colleges is rebounding just as Harvard University begins a $6.5 billion capital campaign, the largest in the history of higher education.