Ronald O. Perelman, chairman and CEO of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. and a member of the Business School’s Board of Overseers, has pledged a landmark gift of $100 million to Columbia Business School. It joins Class of 1969 alumnus Henry R. Kravis’s $100 million contribution as the largest in the School’s history.
With the primary goal of building capacity to recruit and fund scholars and students dedicated to social and civic engagement in Brazil, the Lemann Foundation has signed a multi-million dollar agreement with Columbia University for the benefit of several related initiatives. The gift is Columbia’s largest ever for Brazil-related efforts and is the largest gift from a Brazilian donor.
Jerome L. Greene Science Center Now Rising on New Manhattanville Campus Will Be Home to University-wide Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Initiative
Columbia University has announced that Delhi-based entrepreneur Sharik Currimbhoy has pledged a generous gift of $12.12 million. The gift is broad in scope and will span multiple schools at the university. It will support research and fellowships with a focus on India and emerging markets. The gift is timed to coincide with the auspicious moment of 12:12 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 — 12:12 on 12-12-12. This is the largest gift from an alumnus in India to Columbia.
A group of fourteen Engineering and College alumni has pledged $825,000 to create a scholarship fund in memory of Columbia benefactor Z.Y. Fu, who passed away in August 2011. The Z.Y. Fu Memorial Scholarship will provide full, four-year scholarships for undergraduate students at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend, "Powered by Networks," was held October 12-13, offering the opportunity for alumni to share how networks in every aspect of their lives – personally and professionally – can be leveraged to improve and strengthen Columbia connections.
The Helena Rubinstein Foundation has created a $2 million endowed professorship in support of the advancement of women in science at Columbia; Virginia W. Cornish '91CC, Professor of Chemistry, is the inaugural appointee of this chair. Working at the interface of chemistry and biology, Dr. Cornish's laboratory brings together organic chemistry and DNA technology to expand the synthetic capabilities of living cells.
The School of Nursing is the recipient of a $500,000 grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust. The grant will fund financial aid for students enrolled in the School's accelerated second degree program. Of the total $500,000 grant, $250,000 will be held as an endowment fund and the balance will be expended on a current basis.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding a $10 million collaborative project to develop systems for monitoring agriculture, the environment, and human wellbeing in Africa – while another gift from the Glaser Progress Foundation advances the work of the Earth Institute's Access Project in Rwanda.