Weekly News Recap: February 10, 2017

Canada's Diversity Gardens, as seen in this artist rendering, is the final major phase of the $200-million redevelopment campaign to revitalize and rejuvenate Assiniboine Park. (assiniboinepark.ca)

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Books to read


Philanthropic personalities

Trends and shifts

Philanthropic controversy

  • Centre shuts health mission gate on Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Economic Times) It is not often that you read about controversy surrounding the Gates Foundation. The government of India is shutting off ties between its National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) and the Gates Foundation due to concerns raised by members of the steering group of the National Health Mission and the Sangh-affiliated outfit centered around “conflict of interest issues” in the NTAGI-Gates Foundation relationship. There were questions about the Gates Foundation’s ties with pharmaceutical companies and the possible influence this may have on the country’s vaccination strategy. Global Policy Forum, an independent policy watchdog that seeks to promote accountability in international organisations, raised some of these concerns in a study in December 2015. 2/8/17

  • Why Ed Reform Funders Are Divided Over the DeVos Nomination (Inside Philanthropy) Good overview of one of the principal fault lines dividing education reform philanthropists. Also, an interesting data point disputing the widely held view that these "billionaires stick together." 2/3/17

Stats and facts



Reports and studies

Large gifts

  • Rock Hall names new theater in honor of $9 million donation from Chris and Sara Connor (Cleveland.com) "The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced that it has received a $9 million donation from Christopher M. Connor, chairman of the museum's board and immediate past executive chairman of the Sherwin-Williams Co., and his wife, Sarah H. Connor. The gift [...] will help fund the Rock Hall's ongoing physical and programmatic reinvention, which it calls 'Museum 2.0.'" 2/9/17

  • Malone lands $1 million donation (IndeOnline.com) "The estate of Ann Leech, a former Canton City Schools secretary who had lifelong interest in fine arts and music, has donated $1 million to support Malone's music program." Malone University is a private, liberal arts college located in Canton, Ohio. 2/8/17

  • Eli and Edythe Broad add $1 million donation to further stem cell research (USC News) "Philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad have donated $1 million to support eight grants for early-stage stem cell research projects at three California universities including USC." 2/8/17

  • H-E-B to make $1 million donation to Driscoll Children's Hospital (KRISTV) "Driscoll Children's Hospital [in Corpus Christi, Texas has been] presented with a donation for $1 million from H-E-B for their $80 million expansion project currently underway." 2/8/17

  • Assiniboine Park gets $1M donation for diversity gardens, new petting zoo (CBC) WINNIPEG STORY One of the best zoos in Canada. Half of the money, donated by MacDon Industries, a Winnipeg-headquartered manufacturer of agricultural equipment, will go to Canada's Diversity Gardens. The $70-million gardens will feature various horticultural biodomes and a butterfly house. The other $500,000 will be dedicated to a new zoo exhibit where young visitors can enjoy hands-on interactive experiences and play. 2/6/17

  • $25M donation boosts UMN legal services for immigrants, refugees (Twin Cities Pioneer Press) Note that this is on the heels of a pilot project. "A $25 million donation to the University of Minnesota Law School will solidify a unique partnership between lawyers and students to provide free legal services to immigrants and refugees. The law school’s largest-ever gift comes from the Robina Foundation, whose money established the school’s Center for New Americans in 2013. After a three-year test, the foundation last summer committed to a large, sustaining gift." The Robina Foundation is a Minnesota-based private grant-making foundation that seeks to positively impact critical social issues by encouraging innovation. 2/6/17

  • US: Toys R Us supports K.I.D.S/Fashion Delivers with $100 million donation (Toy News) It is not often that we get a large gift story from Toy News. "Over the past 30 years, retail giant Toys R Us has donated over $100 million in donated books, toys, clothes and more to children’s charity K.I.D.S/Fashion Delivers." 2/6/17

  • $3M UNH donation to expand engineering laboratory (Idaho Statesman) "The University of New Hampshire is using a $3 million donation from anonymous alumnus to build a new engineering laboratory wing to support a recently created bachelor's degree in ocean engineering." The University of New Hampshire is located in Durham, New Hampshire. 2/6/17

  • Gifts Roundup: $25 Million Donation Boosts U. of Texas Medical School (Chronicle of Philanthropy) A roundup of recent notable gifts. 2/6/17

  • Notre Dame receives $25M donation for new music building (Hastings Tribune) "The University of Notre Dame says it has received a $25 million donation toward the new music building that is under construction at the school's football stadium." The donation comes from Helen Schwab and her husband, Charles, in honor of her brother, Joseph O'Neill III, a Notre Dame graduate and trustee. The new building will be named O'Neill Hall. 2/6/17

  • Carnegie Mellon receives a joint $16.5 million donation (The Tartan) "Carnegie Mellon recently received a joint $16.5 million donation from Professor José Moura, Professor Manuela Veloso, Adjunct Professor Aleksandar Kavcic, and Dr. Sofija Kavcic in the hopes of helping the University with research and education in engineering and data science." Carnegie Mellon University is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 2/5/17

  • New Hampshire Food Bank accepts $1-million donation (WMUR) "The New Hampshire Food Bank, located in Manchester, New Hampshire, has received an anonymous $1 million donation, most of it meant for its 430 partner agencies to help reduce costs." 2/4/17

  • Small College’s Art Museum Gets a Boost From a Huge Donation (Valley News) The gift, to The Colby College Museum of Art located in Waterville, Maine, comes from Peter and Paula Lunder, collectors with strong ties to Maine and the college. "In 2013, Colby’s museum opened a $15 million space to house a significant collection of the hundreds of works given by the couple. The new donation, along with money contributed to endow a new study institute, is valued at more than $100 million." 2/3/17

  • Billionaire to give $26m to Newcastle uni (Newcastle Herald) Friendship, it takes many forms. Jack Ma, the founder of the internet company Alibaba, will give US$20 million, or more than Australian $26 million, to fund a scholarship program in honour of a childhood friend. 2/3/17

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