Weekly News Recap: September 1, 2017

Visitors get a look at the 3D model of the new expansion at the Telus World of Science.

Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are. — Chinese Proverb


  • Jets make big donation to help Houston hurricane victims (New York Post) "As part of the ongoing relief efforts for those in need after Hurricane Harvey slammed Texas, Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson announced a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross on behalf of the team and the Johnson family." 8/29/17
  • Titans Owner Gives Huge Assist to Hurricane Victims (Titans Online) "Tennessee Titans Controlling Owner Amy Adams Strunk is donating one million dollars to J.J. Watt’s YouCaring drive, which will help those in need in the Houston area as they recover from this week’s flooding from Hurricane Harvey." 8/29/17
  • Patriots Owner Pledges Up To $1M For Harvey Help (CBS) Sport often gets a bad rap in philanthropy. This quote warmed my heart: "New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his family have pledged to match all funds donated to the American Red Cross in support of the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund up to $1 million. The team is currently working with the American Red Cross to create a site to accept donations. The Patriots have fond memories in Houston, which was the site of their Super Bowl wins in 2017 and 2004. Kraft says Houston was wonderful during those visits and the team is eager to return the favor." Good on ya Kraft Family. 8/28/17


  • Ambitious $40M expansion set to start at Edmonton's Telus World of Science (CBC) EDMONTON STORY Congrats! Much needed. Can't wait to see it. "The Margaret Ziedler Star Theatre is about to become one of the best of its kind in the world. The theatre in Edmonton's Telus World of Science plans to replace its aging projectors and screen with the latest state-of-the-art 10K technology. It's all part of a $40-million expansion project officially unveiled [...] by science centre president and CEO Alan Nursall." 8/29/17
  • CHEO Foundation receives $2M donation (Ottawa Citizen) OTTAWA STORY "The size of the smiles on the faces of Lorie Kane and Zander Zatylny said everything. Kane, a Canadian Golf Hall of Fame inductee and player ambassador for CP Has Heart, and Zatylny, a child ambassador for the fundraising campaign connected to the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, joined CP president and CEO Keith Creel in presenting an oversized cheque for $2 million to Kevin Keohane, president and CEO of the CHEO Foundation at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club on Sunday morning." 8/28/17
  • United Way leader has made a lifetime of giving back (Chronicle Herald) CALGARY STORY Lucy's story is an inspiring one. A woman who came from poverty to become the CEO of one of Canada's largest United Ways. Lucy, you will be missed as CEO but we expect to see you around in our community. 8/28/17
  • National Music Centre receives $5M in federal funding for building’s final phase (CTV Calgary) CALGARY STORY Nice. Congrats all around. "Visitors to the National Music Centre in the East Village will soon encounter an improved ticketing system, additional recording studios and new spaces for artists and students, following the federal government’s announcement of its funding commitment to the final stage of construction. [The] feds announced $5 million in funding had been allotted to the centre as the government continues its effort to encourage the development of the arts in Calgary." 8/24/17
  • LAKELAND COLLEGE DAIRY CENTRE OFFICIALLY OPEN (Lloydminster Now) LLOYDMINSTER STORY Nice work. Much needed. "Lakeland College’s brand new Dairy Learning Centre is officially open.The new centre replaces the old one built in the 1980’s and is modernized to meet the highest industry standards. The total cost of the centre was $9.5 million." 8/23/17

Uncommon knowledge

  • Beyond Passwords (Snipette) A little history, some current practices, and the future of protecting our data. 8/26/17

Beauty all around us

  • Moments from Canada (Vantage) A photo essay on a Seattle-based traveler's recent visit to Canada. 7/20/17

Life and career hacks

  • Board Games Will Save Us (Woolly) Board and card games play a significant role in our family and social life. First, they are fun and they also build social bonds, break down grudges (and sometimes build new ones), teach strategy, inspire a competitive nature, and...make us more comfortable with humility. 8/28/17
  • How Writing Makes You More Successful (Hackernoon) We often think of our personal writing as having predominantly internal outcomes. This post pushes us to think about how it also can positively impact the external world as well. 8/25/17
  • How To Create A Morning Routine That Will Make You Thrive (The Writing Cooperative) Morning routines are a popular topic and there are some great resources out there. What makes this one a little more interesting is that it makes suggestions based on your personality type (i.e. are you practical, action-oriented, social, or emotionally driven?). 8/23/17
  • Seven Habits That Are Killing Your Creative Growth (ART + marketing) This list contains retired four star Navy Admiral William H. McRaven's advice that to be somebody, in life and everyday, you need to to make your bed. As a cadet in the 1980s, this was the first discipline lesson we were taught. It has never failed me. The other six are great as well. You're welcome. 8/9/17

Philanthropic personalities

  • What's This Leading Tech Funder Up To in Africa? (Inside Philanthropy) "According to [Google's] philanthropic arm, by the year 2034, Africa is expected to have a working age population of around 1.1 billion people. Currently, though, the continent creates only 3 to 4 million jobs each year. Creating jobs at a faster clip is critical to the continent's economic future—and perhaps to peace and stability, too." Google is investing big to help make this happen. 8/26/17

Philanthropic controversy

  • Berkshire Museum Board President Turns Down $1M Donation Hinged On Pausing Sale Of Art (WAMC Radio) "The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts says it can’t accept a $1 million donation from an anonymous group that wants the museum to halt its planned sale of artwork. The museum says the offer falls short of what it needs and it won’t agree to pause the sale of 40 objects from the museum’s collection, including works by Norman Rockwell. The auction is expected to fetch $50 million." 8/28/17

Trends and shifts

Large gifts

  • Hofstra Northwell Health med school renamed after $61M donation (News Day) "The bulk of the Zuckers’ donation — $50 million — creates a permanent endowment to be used exclusively to provide scholarships to students in the newly named Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Another $10 million will create and endow the Barbara Hrbek Zucker Emerging Scientists Program at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research to help prepare postdoctoral fellows and to 'identify, promote and nurture' early career faculty to develop research programs [...]. The remaining $1 million will provide scholarship support for students at the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies." Hofstra University is a private, non-profit, nonsectarian university in the United States. Its main campus is on Long Island in the village of Hempstead, New York. 8/30/17
  • Notre Dame welcomes $1 million donation for baseball, softball fields (Oakland Press) "The donor remains anonymous, but the $1 million that was recently given to Pontiac Notre Dame Prep has created excitement on campus. The money was donated specifically to re-do the baseball and softball fields at the school on Giddings Road in Pontiac." 8/29/17
  • McDermott Foundation supports Planned Parenthood with $1 million donation (Dallas News) "'We believe in the important work that Planned Parenthood does for women's health, regardless of a person's economic or insurance status,' said president Mary McDermott Cook. 'This donation is intended to support Planned Parenthood at a critical time when elected officials are considering limiting access to women's health care services and Planned Parenthood specifically.'" 8/29/17
  • College of Business receives $7 million donation (Iowa State Daily) "Iowa State's College of Business announced this morning that they will receive a $7 million gift from the Gerdin Charitable Foundation. The money is intended to go towards a 35,000-square foot extension onto the current Gerdin Business Building. The expansion is in preliminary stages of design." 8/23/17
  • Mays Family Foundation makes largest donation in Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s history (Texas A&M San Antonio) "Texas A&M University-San Antonio announced [...] that the Mays Family Foundation [has] made a $5 million gift to support the University’s Center for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement (CELCE). The Center’s programming focuses on converting classroom knowledge and theory to 'real life' in-demand work settings through volunteerism, internships, service learning, civic engagement and career development." 8/23/17
  • WSU wine program receives $1 million donation (Daily Evergreen) Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation, a philanthropic organization of the eponymous publication, has made a gift of $1 million to support Washington State University's (WSU's) viticulture and enology program will help fund teaching labs and facilities and student scholarships over the span of five years. 8/23/17

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