Weekly News Recap: May 17, 2019

Left to right: Deb (Senior Nozzle), Joanne (the Captain), Anna (the Driver) and Michelle (the Hydrant). COURTESY CALGARY FIRE DEPARTMENT

I don’t know what I think until I write it down. ― Joan Didion (writer of the screenplay for "A Star is Born", 1976)

Highlights (I won't lie, it's a long one...but a good one)

  • Tsuut'ina is opening its Sportsplex and you are invited
  • Two of our greatest stars left us...and baby Archie joined us
  • Westjet was sold to the family that continues to bring us movies and books
  • Calgary might yet get a Fieldhouse
  • We celebrated, authentically, an all-female fire crew in Calgary...#boom
  • A Siksika runner is an olympic hopeful #GoRileeGo
  • A really good guide on how to get millennials to your event
  • A friend, a mentor, and a terrific fundraiser -- June Bradham is celebrated
  • The science of vetting science appears to broken
  • Someone had to go first: San Francisco is banning facial recognition
  • Canadian women still only make up 20% of our boardrooms...sigh
  • ...on the upside, Statistics Canada is finally examining the term 'visible minority' #YayDiversity
  • Calgary's own Pembina Pipelines (full disclosure, my loving spouse works for them) made a $5 million gift to ensure that Canadian kids get a healthy breakfast
  • Harvard and MIT share $9 million for cannabis research #HighFive
  • And...and! The Hepburn Family makes the largest ever gift to an Independent School (private K-12) in Canada
  • Happy May Long Weekend Re-peeps!

Events and happenings

  • Tsuut'ina Sportsplex Grand Opening (eventbrite) TSUUTINA STORY "Some of you might know I did some work with Michelle Stanners and the Tsuut'ina Nation last year when they staged three very successful Calgary/Tsuut'ina dinners. They are about to open a brand new sports facility that they are justifiably proud of. If you are interested (and I hope you are) in attending this free event on June 6 from 4 pm - 7 pm, you can register using the this link. Tsuut'ina is an amazing community. If you have not had the chance to visit one of Canada's most important Indigenous urban reserves (and even if you have) I encourage you to join me on June 6th." May 2019

  • Philanthropy Coordinator (EMHired) CALGARY STORY One of our clients is looking for a Coordinator, Philanthropy and Stewardship. If you have an interest in working with an organization who lives and breathes innovation (not to mention fun and play), you might want to spruce up your resume and send it in. Applications close on May 19th. What else do you have to do on the long weekend? :-) "Vivo has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic go-getter with strong communication skills for the position of Coordinator, Philanthropy and Stewardship. As Coordinator, Philanthropy and Stewardship for the Advancement team, you are at the core of the team’s operations and activities that keeps the team moving forward. " 5/3/19

AFP Global

  • AFP IDEA: Women's Impact Summit (AFP Global) This looks awesome. "The AFP IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Women’s Impact Initiative has made a deep impact on the fundraising community by spreading awareness about all-important issues affecting women in the nonprofit sector. The Women’s Impact Summit brings those issues to the forefront for 2 powerful days in Phoenix, Arizona, following AFP LEAD 2019. Join us to tackle difficult yet critical matters impacting our community." Event takes place in Phoenix from October 4 - 6.

Generation X

  • This Gen X Mess (New York Times) We never get talked about. So, with this posting, I am rectifying an entire generation's hurt feelings :-) This is a well-told, somewhat depressing, true, irony-filled piece about my generation. Not quite nostalgia ("...nostalgia literally means 'the pain from an old wound.' It's a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone." -- Jon Hamm, Mad Men). Many of these memories are more cringe-worthy than twinge-worthy. Not quite full-blown face palm either. Poignant, sometimes. Deep, occasionally (but not often). Yep, Gen-X, we barely were...but...we were. If you want to be pitied, show this to your boomer parents. If you want to be mocked, show it to your millennial children. NYT: You never fail to disappoint. Which is more than my generation can say for itself. Happy May Long. May 2019


  • Tim Conway, American comedy star, dead at 85 (CBC) One of the best comedians ever. RIP Mr. Conway. We will not see your like again. "Emmy-winning actor Tim Conway, who brought an endearing, free-wheeling goofiness to skits on The Carol Burnett Show that cracked up his castmates as well as the audience, died on Tuesday at the age of 85, his publicist said." 5/14/19

  • Doris Day, Hollywood actress and singer, dies aged 97 (BBC) Que Sera, Sera. RIP Ms. Day. We will not see your like again. "Doris Day, Hollywood actress and singer, dies aged 97." 5/13/19

  • Archie has arrived: From the baby's name to the big reveal, Meghan and Harry defy royal convention (CBC) Congrats. Great name. "The arrival of any child tends to instill some common and time-honoured reactions — happiness for the new parents, hope for the future and so on. But the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan's first son, Archie Harrison, has upended common and time-honoured traditions surrounding a royal birth." 5/8/19


  • Canadians split on covering mental health services through provincial health plans, Ipsos poll finds (Global News) CANADIAN STORY We have work to do here. Mental health is health. "Fifty-one per cent of Canadians believe mental health services should be covered for those without insurance of their own, according to an opinion poll conducted by Ipsos for Global News." 5/15/19

  • Calgary Children’s Foundation disburses Pledge Day funds to 30 charities (Global News) CALGARY STORY Warms me heart. "Children’s charities in Calgary got a shot in the arm [...] from the Calgary Children’s Foundation. Thirty charities received over $266,270 to support meal, after-school and support programs for children with physical and/or mental challenges." 5/14/19

  • Calgary-based airline would become private company owned by Onex (CBC) CALGARY STORY I remember when they had three planes. Now, it's Westjet, Indigo, and Cineplex. Congrats to all. "WestJet says it has agreed to be acquired by Onex Corp. and will become a private company in a transaction valued at $5 billion including debt." 5/13/19

  • Grassroots charity for struggling moms blossoms into movement (CBC) KELOWNA STORY See a need...do something about it and then, good things happen. "Robyn Brown was suffering from extreme morning sickness early in her 2018 pregnancy. Dehydrated and losing weight, she was throwing up dozens of times a day. The high cost of the drugs she was taking to ease her symptoms, and the fact her husband had to stop work to care for their two other children, aged 10 and three, put them in financial and emotional distress [...]. Brown isn't the only struggling mother helped by the group. Since 2014, the group has helped at-risk moms with everything from giving free clothing and toiletries, to emotional support and counselling with issues like homelessness, domestic abuse and postpartum depression." 5/12/19

  • ‘The need is great’: Calgary’s demand for assistance to pay utility bills grows (Global News) CALGARY STORY "Since launching the fund in 2017, more than 400 Alberta families have received emergency grants and access to critical resources. In 2018, the fund helped 279 Alberta families." 5/11/19

  • Committee endorses $19 million in 'startup funding' for multi-sport field house (Calgary Herald) CALGARY STORY Woot! "A City of Calgary committee endorsed a $19-million funding request on Friday to proceed with the design phase of a new field house in Foothills Athletic Park, moving the long-discussed project forward. The decision sets the stage for a council decision on the request, which would be funded through 'off-site levies' — charges that developers pay to the city to help with the cost of off-site infrastructure." 5/10/19

  • Calgary Zoo CEO says it can't be 'business as usual' with a million species in peril (Calgary Herald) CALGARY STORY Dr. Lanthier, thanks for stepping up. "'I don’t think it’s business as usual. There are one million species at risk: plants and animals around the world that deserve better from us. We need to change the way we’re treating our environment,' Lanthier said to a rapt audience in council chambers." 5/10/19

  • Nature offers serious benefits to our physical and mental health, research suggests (CBC) CANADIAN CONTENT I try to go outside every day. "Because we humans have been surrounded by forests, flowers, and fauna for most of our existence, scientists believe there may be an evolutionary reason that nature feels to us like a comfortable, familiar place." 5/10/19

  • City fund gives $100,000 to charity that helps youth get digital jobs (CBC) CALGARY STORY The future is digital. Nice work Calgary. "The latest organization to receive a slice of the $100 million set aside for the city's Opportunity Calgary Investment fund is a charity that helps young people get jobs in the digital sector. NPower Canada set up its first office outside of Toronto in downtown Calgary." 5/9/19

  • Making the AGO a habit: Art gallery makes admission free for 25 and under (CBC) TORONTO STORY Art is for everyone. Good move. "When Stephan Jost first arrived to head the Art Gallery of Ontario, he made a point of taking a walkabout during one of the Toronto gallery's well-attended free-admission nights. 'I walked down the line and [asked], 'Why are you here?' And they looked at me like I'm an idiot. They're like: 'It's free,' Jost, the gallery's CEO, told CBC News. 'Right there, you know that our price point is prohibitive for a certain segment of the community.'" 5/9/19

  • Windy Slopes receives $100,000 donation (Shooting the Breeze) PINCHER CREEK STORY Love this. Thanks to Jolayne Davidson Gardner for sharing this story. "Retired nurse Audrey Branson and her late cousin, Carol Ann Kirkham, have given the largest donation on record to benefit the Pincher Creek Health Centre." 5/9/19

  • Red Deer College President Joel Ward receives CICan’s Distinguished Service Award (Colleges and Institutes Canada) RED DEER STORY Congrats Joel. Well deserved. "Red Deer College President and CEO Joel Ward was honoured by his peers of the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Presidents’ Leadership Network who named him as the 2019 recipient of its Distinguished Service Award. He is recognized not only for his leadership at RDC, but for his outstanding contribution to Canada’s post-secondary system as a whole, throughout his distinguished career. " 5/8/19

  • Building a culture of respect: Calgary group hosts speaker series to support non-profits (Calgary Herald) CALGARY STORY Thank you for this CCVO. "'Non-profit organizations are not immune to cultures of harassment and bullying that damage their ability to be effective in doing the good work that make our communities better,' said CCVO president David Mitchell. 'It’s time to change the narrative about what needs to happen to build cultures of respect and put a stop to workplace harassment.'" 5/8/19

  • Heather Klimchuk: Supporting culture will spark the economy (Edmonton Journal) ALBERTA STORY Could not agree more. "The appointment of Leela Aheer as Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women is brilliant and her experience in the arts, volunteerism, community service and business will be an asset. It will be interesting to see in the days ahead what is contained in Minister Aheer’s mandate letter from the premier, which will outline goals, achievements expected and specific actions relevant to the portfolio." 5/8/19

  • Calgary Fire Department celebrates first-ever all-female crew (LiveWire Calgary) CALGARY STORY I heart this. "For the first time ever, an all-female crew was posted to a single Calgary fire engine. The team of Joanne (captain), Deb (senior nozzle), Anna (driver) and Michelle (hydrant) worked a shift together earlier this spring, and they wanted to remember it." 5/6/19

First Peoples of Canada

  • New public schools to bear names of Indigenous artist, education advocate and choir conductor (CBC) EDMONTON STORY Congrats to all! Nice move EPSB. "The names of new public schools in Edmonton will honour an Indigenous artist, an education advocate and a music teacher who conducted thousands of students. Edmonton Public School Board revealed Monday that schools set to open in 2021 will be named after celebrated artist Alex Janvier, late music teacher Garth Worthington, and Aleda Patterson who founded the ABC Head Start preschool program in the 1980s." 5/14/19

  • Siksika runner channels Billy Mills's Olympic upset in pursuit of Tokyo 2020 (CBC) SIKSIKA STORY Go Rilee Go! "Rilee ManyBears is a celebrated runner, but his first competitive race wasn't his idea. He was in Grade 5 at Bassano School. He was wearing jeans and skater shoes, but his teacher told him he had to run the race. 'It was mandatory for all of us students to take part,' ManyBears, who is now 23 years [old]. It was an 800-metre sprint, and it was a revelation, of sorts. 'It was amazing,' ManyBears said. What it revealed to him was that competitive running wasn't unpleasant at all — particularly when you were fast." 5/12/19

  • New fund helps 'absolutely incredible' Indigenous women grow their businesses (CBC) CALGARY STORY Great opportunity. Great initiative. "Indigenous women leaders will have a new options to grow their businesses. The Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship Fund is now open to women who may lack access to conventional funding. It was announced this week in Calgary that the fund will provide a 36-month interest-free loan of up to $4,000 to entrepreneurs, for only a small administration fee." 5/11/19

Books to read

Life and career hacks

Uncommon knowledge


  • Opinion: Disaster philanthropy needs a feminist and participatory approach (devex) "It’s been over a year and a half since a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central and southern Mexico, killing hundreds, contorting buildings, and splitting roads open. In the aftermath, the international community mobilized 440 tons of humanitarian aid and the Mexican government allocated billions of pesos to recovery. Yet today, many of the communities look the same as they did the day after the earthquake." 5/9/19

Philanthropic personalities

  • Meet Gerald Schwartz, the billionaire behind the Onex and WestJet deal (CBC) CANADIAN STORY "The wealthy Canadian behind a deal to buy WestJet has a reputation for his stellar business acumen and for owning a mansion among mansions in downtown Toronto, but a longtime family friend and associate say the titan has not forgotten his humbler beginnings." 5/13/19

  • Chance The Rapper Calls Michael Jackson The Role Model For His Philanthropy (UPROXX) "In a new interview with Forbes magazine, Chance The Rapper called late pop music pioneer Michael Jackson his 'role model' when it comes to philanthropy while discussing the WE Day youth empowerment event he participated in recently, as well as the obligation of rappers to give back to the communities they come from." 5/13/19

  • This is the most popular sport among billionaires (CNBC) "You might imagine that a billionaire’s favorite hobby would be counting the zeros in their bank account. In reality, it’s the opposite. In its annual Billionaire Census report, market research firm Wealth-X found that philanthropy is the most popular passion among billionaires (64.7% of billionaires with a net worth of $5 billion or more have interest in philanthropy as do 50.2% of billionaires who have $1 billion to $5 billion)." 5/11/19

  • Billionaire Peter Buffett Talks Philanthropy in the Twin Cities (Twin Cities Business) "Despite his own high-profile accomplishments, Buffett is perhaps best known as the youngest son of the third wealthiest man in the world, businessman and investor Warren Buffett, whose net worth is nearly $90 billion. In 2006, Warren Buffett gave Peter and his wife, Jennifer, more than $1 billion to distribute as they saw fit. That same year, the couple launched the NoVo Foundation with a purpose to 'foster a transformation from a world of domination and exploitation, to one of collaboration and partnership.'" 5/10/19

  • Breaking Barriers, a Fundraiser Rises to the Top of Her Game (Inside Philanthropy) June Bradham is a friend of ViTreo, known to many of our associates and a Braintrust Philanthropy podcast alumnu. June, you are and remain amazing! Thanks to Andrea McManus for sharing this article. "At the first fundraising conference June Bradham ever attended, she encountered a group of male fundraisers—many wearing embellished name tags that broadcast their seniority in the profession. She listened as they traded war stories from their lengthy careers. Being new to the profession, Bradham thought she could learn something about raising money from these seasoned professionals, most of whom were consultants on the association’s board. So when they started making plans to go out for a trustees-only dinner, she asked if she could tag along. They refused. Undeterred, Bradham kept asking until, finally, one of the men gave in. That’s how Bradham made her way into fundraising nearly 40 years ago." 5/8/19

  • Wyoming Billionaire Plans To Buy Around 15% Of The Planet To Protect Its Nature (Disclose.tv) Wowza! You go Mr. Wyss. "Nature is an amazing thing. It's beautiful and amazing to study however the human race is, unfortunately, destroying it. Luckily, there are a few good souls out there trying to protect it. One man, in particular, Hansjörg Wyss. Many people have probably never even heard his name. That's all about to change though." 4/1/19

Philanthropic controversy

  • IceDogs Way to be renamed (The Standard) "St. Catharines city council voted [...] to remove the name IceDogs Way from the road at the Meridian Centre. The move was in response to the 2017 decision by the Niagara IceDogs' owners not to go forward with a $1 million donation for naming rights after problems hammering out a deal with the city. 'This was something that was tied in to the original donation. If a donation's not honoured, you shouldn't really have the actual benefit of the naming right,' said St. Andrew's Coun. Matt Harris, who made the amendment to remove the name." We previously shared this story in the November 10, 2016 and October 13, 2017 recaps. 5/14/19

  • Funding deals gave Coca-Cola power to quash health research, study says (CBC) CANADIAN CONTENT It should be noted that when this was pointed out to Coca-Cola by University of Toronto, they removed the language from the contract. "Health research bankrolled by Coca-Cola at universities in Canada and the U.S. included provisions allowing the beverage giant to quash studies midway, in a move potentially allowing the firm to shut down projects that are counter to its interests, according to a new study." 5/9/19

  • Is Science Broken? Major New Report Outlines Problems in Research (Gizmodo) "A new report released [...] by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is weighing in on a contentious debate within the science world: the idea that scientific research is fundamentally flawed, rife with published findings that often can’t be reproduced or replicated by other scientists, otherwise known as the replication and reproducibility crisis. Their report, the collaborative work of more than a dozen experts from universities and the private research world, doesn’t go so far as to call it a crisis. But it does call for wide-scale improvements in how scientists do their work, and it also takes scientists—and journalists—to task for sometimes overhyping the latest research findings." 5/7/19

Trends and shifts

  • Is Your Organization Psychologically Healthy? (Forbes) CANADIAN STORY "A staggering 500,000 Canadians miss work every week due to mental health issues. The prevalence and impact of psychological conditions like anxiety and depression in and on our personal lives are well known at this point, with one in five Canadians experiencing mental health problems within a given year. But with work hours and associated email time increasingly bleeding into all areas of life, it’s safe to say that stress levels related to the workplace have, understandably, reached an all-time high." 5/16/19

  • San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology (New York Times) I suspect this is the front edge of this trend. "San Francisco, long at the heart of the technology revolution, took a stand against potential abuse on Tuesday by banning the use of facial recognition software by the police and other agencies." 5/14/19

  • New Insights About Recurring Donations and Stewarding Donors (AFP Global) "A key finding from the study: Recurring donors are even more valuable than their monthly gifts. One-quarter (25%) of all one-time donors who returned to start a recurring plan went on to make another one-time gift as one of their future interactions. This unique behavior adds to the already-known value of recurring donors, who are over five times more valuable than one-time donors, according to the 2018 report. Ultimately, recurring donors are more than just a passive, automatic transaction—they actively give on top of their subscriptions, proving their investment in an organization’s cause." 5/13/19

  • How Canada stacks up on women's representation on corporate boards (CBC) CANADIAN STORY We are making progress but...too slowly. "Data released last week by Statistics Canada showed that less than 20 per cent of board directorships in Canada were held by women in 2016 (the most recent year for which data is available), putting Canada well behind the global leaders. Australia, Belgium, France, Norway, Sweden, Italy and Finland all average more than 30 per cent female directors, according to the 2018 Global Diversity Tracker from management consulting and executive recruitment firm Egon Zehnder, which analyzed 1,610 publicly traded companies with a market capital of about $10.5 billion Cdn or greater in 44 countries." 5/14/19

  • StatsCan looks to modernize decades-old term 'visible minority' when measuring diversity (CBC) CANADIAN STORY A huge step forward on diversity and inclusion. Nice move StatsCan! "Statistics Canada is changing how it measures diversity and trying to modernize the term 'visible minority.' The national statistical agency usually collects census data with questions about skin colour, place of birth and ethnic origin, among others, to measure the country's diversity. Visible minority, a term that gained traction more than 30 years ago with the implementation of the federal Employment Equity Act, is used to classify people who are considered non-white." 5/8/19

Stats and facts

  • Measuring digital economic activities in Canada, 2010 to 2017 (Statistics Canada) CANADIAN STORY "Advancements in technology and the Internet have fundamentally changed how people and businesses interact and how they produce, distribute and consume goods and services. As technological advancement continues and digitalization rapidly expands to more segments of the economy, there is an increasing need to accurately measure and assess its impacts. [Statistics] Canada is releasing for the first time estimates of the economic value of digital economic activities, that is, activities that enable or are highly affected by digitization." 5/3/19

  • Gross domestic product by industry: Provinces and territories, 2018 (Statistics Canada) CANADIAN STORY "In 2018, real gross domestic product (GDP) increased in nine provinces and in all territories. Real GDP declined in Newfoundland and Labrador. Nationally, real GDP by industry rose 2.0%. Among the provinces, the strongest growth occurred in Prince Edward Island (+2.6%), followed by Quebec (+2.5%), British Columbia (+2.4%), Alberta (+2.3%) and Ontario (+2.2%). Growth was below the national average in Saskatchewan (+1.6%), Manitoba (+1.3%) and Nova Scotia (+1.2%). New Brunswick real GDP edged up 0.1%." 5/1/19

  • PDF: Recent Developments in the Canadian Economy: Spring 2019 (Statistics Canada) CANADIAN STORY "This article in the Economic Insights series provides users with an integrated summary of recent changes in output, employment, household demand, international trade and prices. Organized as a statistical summary of major indicators, the report is designed to inform about recent developments in the Canadian economy, highlighting major changes in the economic data during the second half of 2018 and early 2019." Spring 2019

Reports and studies

  • New Research Uncovers Patterns About Women’s Foundations and Funds (Lilly Family School of Philanthropy) "A new report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute explores patterns across more than 200 women’s foundations and funds, providing insight on a powerful and pioneering force in philanthropy dedicated to women and girls. While these grant-making organizations vary in terms of geography, assets and grant amounts, they align across a number of key areas, including funding the local community, an emphasis on education and economic empowerment, and participation in activities beyond funding to advance the causes they care about." 5/14/19

Large gifts

  • Pembina Pipeline’s largest-ever donation goes to Breakfast Club of Canada (JWN Energy) CALGARY STORY Nice gift! "In the largest charitable investment in its history, Pembina Pipeline says it is launching a $5-million partnership supporting the Breakfast Club of Canada. This will expand a program launched by Pembina and the Club in 2016 called Fuel 4 Thought, which provides funding for breakfast programs in schools near the company’s operations." 5/14/19

  • Harvard, MIT Receive $9 Million Donation to Conduct Marijuana Research (Green Entrepreneur) "[Cannabis] research in the U.S. got a shot in the arm this month when Charles Broderick, head of a New York-based global equity firm, donated $9 million for cannabis research to be split between Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Broderick’s goal is clear cut, according to the Harvard Gazette: 'Our desire is to fill the research void that currently exists in the science of cannabis.'" 5/14/19

  • Fenerbahçe raises record $9.4 million in 2-day televised donation campaign (Daily Sabah) Go Turkish football fans! "A two-day donation and lottery campaign saw Istanbul giant Fenerbahçe raise a record 55.9 million Turkish liras ($9.37 million) as the club tries to reel from its the worst football season in recent history and clear its massive debt." 5/14/19

  • Phoenix charity gives $10M for Creighton University's Arizona health sciences campus (azcentral) "A Phoenix-based charity [...] gave $10 million to Nebraska-based Creighton University to support construction of its Arizona health sciences campus. The seven-story Creighton University Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Sciences Building is set to be built in Phoenix on the old Park Central Mall property [...]. The building's name honors [the] gift from the Phoenix-based Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, which was established nearly 20 years ago as a legacy of Virginia Galvin Piper." 5/13/19

  • Herb Kohl donates $10 million to UW-Madison's public outreach, teaching and research efforts (USA Today) "In 2016, Kohl donated $1.5 million to the school to launch the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition. It provides financial support for collaborative faculty-student research that informs public policy and governance debates. His most recent gift will extend the research competition and support several new efforts." 5/12/19

  • Dartmouth College gets $10 million donation (Houston Chronicle) "Dartmouth College has received a $10 million donation that will go toward a range of projects including the development of an arts district and faculty recruitment. The college [...] announced it had received the donation from Dartmouth alumni Molly and Gregg Engles." 5/12/19

  • Abotiz makes historic $10-m donation (Manila Standard) "The Aboitiz Group, through Aboitiz Foundation Inc, made a historic donation amounting to over half a billion pesos ($10 million) to the Asian Institute of Management’s Scientific Research Foundation Inc. to help address the demand for skills and talent in data science and innovation in the country as well as the region." The Aboitiz family controls the Philippines-based (Cebu) publicly listed Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV), with interests in power, banking, food, land development and biofuel. 5/11/19

  • Campbell family gives $10 million to UC Riverside (UC Riverside) "The University of California, Riverside [...] announced a $10 million gift from Rochelle A. Campbell and Allison Campbell. The gift from the mother-daughter philanthropists is tied for the largest ever to the university from individual donors and will support access and opportunity across the university’s disciplines for students and parents of limited means." 5/8/19

  • $10M Donation To Rutgers-Newark Will Create 'Agents Of Change' (The Patch) "A $10 million donation – the largest in Rutgers-Newark history – will be used to create 'agents of positive change' in the [city]. Prudential Financial has committed $10 million to the Honors Living-Learning Community (HLLC) at Rutgers-Newark, which will fund the launch of the 'Prudential Scholars Program' for the city's residents." 5/8/19

  • Hepburn Family Makes Whopping $15 Million Donation To Lakefield College School (PTBO Canada) LAKEFIELD STORY "Alumnus John ’68 and Jane Hepburn have made a $15 million commitment toward the school’s new dining hall and other strategic priorities. The Hepburn's gift represents one of the largest single donations ever made to an independent school in Canada." Lakefield College School is a private day and boarding school located north of the village of Lakefield, Ontario. 5/7/19

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