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Law School Closes Most Successful Year of Fundraising Ever

The Law School is closing its most successful year of fundraising ever, with more than $51 million in gifts and pledges from alumni and other organizations.

The Law School's Vale Center on Sustainable Investments, in partnership with the Earth Institute, has just received a new gift of more than $6.25 million to continue its work and initiatives. Vale, a Brazilian multinational diversified metals and mining corporation, created the Center with an initial gift of $1.5 million in 2008.

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Helena Rubinstein Foundation Creates a $2 Million Endowed Professorship for Women in Science

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.

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Cooperman Pledges $25 Million for New Business Facilities

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.

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Joint Gift to Journalism School, Stanford Will Fund David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation

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.

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New Fisher-Cummings Washington Fellows Program Will Support Internships for Social Work Students

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.

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Through December, College Fund Exceeds Key Benchmarks

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.

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Support for Campus Revitalization at CUMC

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.

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Selected Gifts to College of Physicians and Surgeons

• 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.

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Gifts to School of Nursing Support Multiple Scholarship Funds, More

• 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.

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Alexander Bequest Provides $1.04 Million, Adds to Endowment for College Financial Aid

The estate of Shepard L. Alexander ’21CC has conveyed $1.04 million in endowment support for the Patricia and Shepard Alexander Scholars, a financial-aid fund for Columbia College students.

Mr. Alexander, who died in 2001, and his late wife, Patricia, who died in September 2011, had already given extensively during Mr. Alexander's lifetime and upon his death. They supported numerous programs, especially financial aid, and are also known for establishing Columbia's first coaching endowment, the Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football.

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