Archive for January, 2009

30
Jan
09

$500,000 Gift from Brian Ulracher to University of New Mexico Football Program

Former University of New Mexico All-American and nine-season Chicago Bears All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher has announced a $500,000 cash gift to the UNM football program, according to coverage on KOB.com.  Mr. Urlacher’s gift, which will be paid over a 10-year period, will support the maintenance and improvement of the facility and contribute to the general operating budget of the football program.  The field in the UNM indoor practice facility will be renamed the Brian Urlacher Field in his honor.

30
Jan
09

Hobby Lobby Pledges $10 Million to Southeastern University

Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma chain store run by the family of Oral Roberts University Board Chairman Mart Green, has pledged $10 million to Southeastern University in Florida.  The pledge will be paid over five years in $2 million annual increments.  Not coincidentally, Southeastern University President Mark Rutland was just named to the presidency of Oral Roberts University, where he will assume his role on July 1.  According to Tulsa World, Mr. Green made the pledge after visiting the campus, saying in a letter to Southeastern trustees, “we are impressed with the vibrant programs of Christian higher education and the beautiful facilities and campus.”

30
Jan
09

$10 Million to Oral Roberts University from Mart Green and Family

Oral Roberts University announced today that the university’s board chairman Mart Green and his family donated $10 million to the school for campus renovations this summer.  (This follows an announcement the previous day that the Greens have also donated $10 million through their Hobby Lobby store chain to Southeastern University in Florida, which is losing its president to ORU in July.)   This is not the first major contribution of the family to ORU.  According to an article in Tulsa World, the Greens rescued Oral Roberts University from financial trouble in 2007 by making a $70 million contribution when the school was $55 million in debt, with a demand for “new principles of shared governance and financial transparency.”

30
Jan
09

$8 Million from Guma Aguiar to Nefesh B’Nefesh

Nefesh B’Nefesh received a contribution of $8 million from Guma Aguiar, founder of Leor Energy, to support the organization’s work in bringing Jews from the West to live in Israel. “These vital funds strengthen Israel’s human resources and ensure its future. The gift has already played a major role in helping Nefesh B’Nefesh bring a record number of newcomers to Israel in 2008,” said Tony Gelbart, Co-Founder and Chairman. Approximately 18,000 people have moved to Israel with Nefesh B’Nefesh’s assistance to date and another 12,000 are “in the pipeline,” according to the organization. According to a news release on the gift, Mr. Aguiar is now serving as Chairman of Finance on the Nefesh B’Nefesh board of directors.

30
Jan
09

$10 Million Anonymous Gift to Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School has received a $10 million donation from an anonymous donor in honor of Professor Laurence H. Tribe.  The gift is one of the largest ever received in the history of the school.  It will be used to establish a new chair in constitutional law and to support a variety of scholarly activities in the field.  The chair, which will be named the Laurence H. Tribe Professorship of Constitutional Law, will be called the Thurgood Marshall Professorship of Constitutional Law until Professor Tribe’s retirement, at the honoree’s request.  In addition to funding the chair, the gift will support summer research by faculty members, student research, visiting professorships and lectures, conferences, symposia and other public scholarly events, and senior and junior fellowships.  More information about the gift is available here.

30
Jan
09

$2 Million from Best Portion Foundation to Randolph College

The Best Portion Foundation has made a gift of $2 million to Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia.   As detailed in a news release issued by the college on January 28, the gift will be divided equally between new endowed scholarships and a separate endowment to help finance a new athletic playing field and track.  The Best Foundation, which is located in Chicago and is headed by an alumna of the college, does not maintain a website but is listed in Guidestar.

29
Jan
09

Mike Luecht Gives $1 million to McHenry Community College

Mike Luecht, chief executive officer of a real estate development company, pledged $1 million to McHenry Community College in Illinois for the MCC Promise program.  The program offers paid tuition for two years to graduating seniors in exchange for volunteer hours.  Officials estimate the new tuition program could benefit 400 to 600 students beginning in the fall.  According to ChicagoTribune.com, Mr. Luecht was “inspired…to help young students by his own struggle to pay his way through college.   He attended three schools over eight years to earn a bachelor’s degree.”  More than $3.5 million in pledges has been raised to date from Mr. Luecht; Vince Foglia, who is chairman and chief executive officer of Sage Products Inc.; and, an anonymous donor.




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  • $5 Million to Montclair State University from Anonymous Donor April 14, 2009
    Montclair State University has received an anonymous donation of $5 million, the largest such gift in the institution’s history.   According to announcement by the University News division, the funds will be used principally to fund scholarships to women and minorities.
  • $12 Million to University of Illinois from Estate of Arlys Streitmatter Conrad March 24, 2009
    The University of Illinois has just announced receipt of a $12 million endowment gift from the estate of 1944 alumnae Arlys Streitmatter Conrad.  The gift will be shared equally by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS).  Mrs. Conrad had worked at S&C Electric […]
  • $3 Million to Oklahoma Schools from The Cherokee Nation March 24, 2009
    Over 100 public schools in northeastern Oklahoma will receive more than $3 million from The Cherokee Nation in 2009. The donation will come from revenue generated by tribal car tag sales. As principal Chief Chad Smith said at a news conference announcing the gift, “Innovative educational programs continue to be a priority as we plan […]
  • $3.5 Million to Wesleyan University from John Shapiro and Shonni Silverberg March 20, 2009
    In February, John M. Shapiro and Shonni J. Silverberg made a gift of $3.5 million to “transform the teaching of writing” at Wesleyan University and endow institution’s Creative Writing Center.  The donors asked that $2.5 million of the gift be used to endow a faculty position in writing and that the remaining $1 million support […]
  • $250,000 to Jarvis Christian College from Anonymous Donor February 27, 2009
    Jarvis Christian College has received $250,000 from an anonymous member of the Northway Christian Church.  The contribution, announced by Jarvis in January, will be used to endow a scholarship for a Northway student to attend the school.  Jarvis and Northway have a strong relationship, according to the Longview News-Journal, with the church supporting the co […]
  • $5 Million to the UCLA Library from the Arcadia Fund February 27, 2009
    The UCLA Library has received $5 million from the Arcadia Fund to “further develop, preserve and make accessible its collections,” according to the UCLA Newsroom.  This is the largest single gift for collections in the history of the library.  The Arcadia Fund, a British grantmaking fund administered by Charities Aid Foundation which has made several […] […]
  • $1 Million to Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation February 27, 2009
    The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation has pledged $1 million to The UCLA Foundation to fund an endowed chair in clinical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.   The focus of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Endowed Chair in Interdepartmental Clinical Pharmacology will be to catalyze the UCLA’s current program by […] […]
  • $1 Million to the UCLA Anderson School of Management from Richard S. Ziman February 27, 2009
    The UCLA Anderson School of Management has announced a $1 million gift from Board of Visitors member Richard S. Ziman, chairman of American Value Partners and co-chair of the school’s $100 million fundraising campaign.  One half of the contribution will fund the new Richard S. Ziman Fellowship, which will support graduate students studying real estate, […] […]
  • $2 Million to University of Tennessee from Renee Haugerud and John H. Murphy February 27, 2009
    The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has announced receipt of a $2 million gift from Renee Haugerud and John H. Murphy.  According to the Times Free Press, the contribution will be split with $1.5 million to establish the Renee Haugerud and John H. Murphy Global Finance Center at the business school and the remaining $500,000 […]
  • $67 Million In-Kind Contribution by Jackie Chan to University in Singapore February 26, 2009
    Hong Kong martial arts action star Jackie Chan is donating historical Chinese houses valued at over US$67 million (S$101 million) to a new Singaporean university slated to open in 2011.  According to reports in AFP, Chan will give the campus seven wooden houses and a performing stage from his private collection which date to the […]

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