Weekly News Recap: January 13, 2017

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  • 25 Words Turning 25 in 2017 The millennials of mots so to speak. Some of these are awesome ("Metaverse"). Some need die and never be reborn ("Achey-Breaky"). What are your picks? (1/6/17)

Books to read


Studies and reports

Philanthropic personalities

Trends and shifts


Life and career hacks

Large gifts

  • Tech billionaires donate $20m to fund set up to protect society from AI One of the small number of existential threats to humanity is the spectre of SkyNet. Real world billionaires, LinkedIn’s founder Reid Hoffman and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, are each donating $10 million to ensure that this does not happen. (1/11/17)

  • Baptist Health La Grange receives $1M donation for Women’s Center Baptist Health La Grange and the Baptist Health Foundation received a $1 million donation last month from the Rawlings Foundation to use towards the hospital’s recent Women’s Center construction project. Baptist Health is located in La Grange, Kentucky. (1/10/17)

  • Woodlawn Museum Receives Anonymous Donation An anonymous donor has made a $1 million contribution to the Woodlawn Museum in Ellsworth, Maine. (1/9/17)

  • SMU receives $2 million donation to endow ethics center directorship Last week Cary M. Maguire presented $2 million to endow the center's directorship in honor of founding director William F. May. Southern Methodist University is a private research university located in Dallas, University Park, and Highland Park, Texas. (1/9/17)

  • QU GETS $1 MILLION DONATION Quincy University says it's gotten a major donation from an anonymous donor. Quincy University is a private liberal arts Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition. It is located in Quincy, Illinois. (1/9/17)

  • Cal State San Bernardino gets $1 million donation from Chuck and Shelby Obershaw Chuck Obershaw, former owner of the Toyota dealership in San Bernardino that bears his name, and his wife, Shelby, have been donating to the campus since 1990. Their newly established endowment is targeted to benefit the school’s food pantry, which helps students lacking resources to adequately feed themselves, and an educational opportunity program focused on assisting former foster children and the business school’s entrepreneurship program. (1/6/17)

  • Seton Hall receives anonymous $8 million donation An anonymous donor has gifted $8 million to Seton Hall’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, one of the largest donations Seton Hall University has ever received. Seton Hall University is a private Roman Catholic university in South Orange, New Jersey. (January 2017)

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