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.
Leon Cooperman '67BUS, chairman and CEO of Omega Advisors and a member of Columbia Business School's Board of Overseers, has pledged a gift of $25 million to support the construction of the school's new home in Manhattanville. The gift is the second-largest donation in support of the cutting-edge facilities, which will be part of Columbia University's expansion just north of its Morningside Heights Campus. More.
Helen Gurley Brown, longtime Cosmopolitan magazine editor and author, has made a $30 million gift to establish the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Stanford University’s School of Engineering.
The School of Social Work has received a major pledge to endow a new program that will support social policy, program, and administration students in policy internships in the nation's capital. The Fisher-Cummings Washington Fellows Program embraces an evidence-based approach to social policy analysis and promotes an approach that encourages collaboration across institutional and political lines.
The Columbia College Fund has raised $5.8 million from more than 5,900 donors so far this fiscal year, which runs from July 2011 to June 2012. This represents a 4 percent increase in dollars and a 15 percent increase in the number of donors. The fund has also met two key benchmarks: First, the Parents Fund has surpassed the $1 million threshold and is 54 percent ahead of last year's fundraising. Second, participation in the Young Alumni Fund has increased by nearly 90 percent, to 764 donors.
The Wu Family has made a commitment of $10 million toward CUMC's campus revitalization project. Their gift will support the new medical and graduate education building.
• A bequest totaling more than $6.4 million has been directed toward the Department of Ophthalmology’s endowment Fund.
• A donor made a commitment of $2.5 million to fund an endowed professorship in the Department of Pediatrics.
• The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation made a commitment of $1,467,465 to advance research in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
• The Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation has donated $160,000 to the School of Nursing, allocating $80,000 to the Rudin Oncology Scholarship, $40,000 to the Rudin Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship in Memory of Dean Helen Pettit, and $40,000 in support of the Rudin Undergraduate Nursing Scholarships in Memory of May Rudin.
• A Columbia Nursing graduate has endowed the Anna and Milton Felson Scholarship Fund with a gift of $50,000.
A $4.1 million grant from the IKEA Foundation will support three of five Model Districts in India in partnership with the National Rural Health Mission. The Model Districts are regional pilots that seek to demonstrate that targeted additional expenditures, programmatic innovations, and applied best practices can improve the National Rural Health Mission’s service delivery and efficiency, and maternal and child health outcomes. This is the IKEA Foundation's second grant toward the project; it previously supported the first two Model Districts in 2010.