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.
Dedicated supporters of the Millennium Villages project through its first five years of operation, or Phase I, William and Sue Gross have made an additional unrestricted gift of $2 million to support the Earth Institute’s work to lift rural African communities out of poverty.
These funds are providing vital support toward the advancement of the science, technology and policy work necessary to carry the project through its second five-year phase (Phase II) — bringing the Millennium Villages project ever closer to achieving the Millennium Development goals by 2015.
The Keck Foundation has awarded $1 million to an interdisciplinary group of Columbia University researchers: Dirk Englund in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Jonathan Owen in the Department of Chemistry and Rafa Yuste in the Department of Biological Sciences. The gift supports the project "Watching the Brain at Work: Imaging Neuronal Activity with Diamond Nanoprobes" — a high-risk, high-reward research effort that capitalizes on Columbia’s expertise in both neuroscience and nanoscience.
First Eagle Investment Management, formerly known as Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder, recently pledged $3 million to endow the Jean-Marie Eveillard/First Eagle Investment Management Professorship of Value Investing at Columbia Business School.
Ronald O. Perelman, a member of Columbia Business School’s Board of Overseers, recently made a current-use gift to establish the Ronald O. Perelman Senior Fellowship within the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy — a partnership between Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School. The inaugural Ronald O. Perelman Senior Fellow is Andy Stern, the former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and a respected thought leader on issues confronting American workers and the American economy.
The International Fellowship Program, an organization of the Ford Foundation, has given Columbia University Libraries $1 million to archive and provide access to IFP's paper and electronic records.
The foundation created IFP in 2001 to encourage post-graduate opportunities for underserved and marginalized groups around the world. To date, the program has operated out of more than 20 centers on all continents, records from which will comprise the archive along with records of the central administration.
The International College of Oral Implantologists has given $400,000 as part of a $1 million pledge to support the renovation of the Implant Center at the College of Dental Medicine.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave a $15 million, five-year grant to the Earth Institute to support scientific research and to create science-based tools and technologies. The new grant will support the scaling up of Earth Institute projects already underway throughout Africa and other impoverished regions in the world, in addition to the development of new applications. This grant is the second provided by the Gates Foundation; the first, in 2006, helped establish many of the scientific gains and research being practiced today.
Columbia University Trustee Gerry Lenfest ’58LAW, ’09HON, a benefactor whose previous gifts of more than $100 million place him among Columbia’s most generous donors, has pledged $30 million to support the construction of a multi-arts venue on the University’s Manhattanville campus. The gift, announced November 17, is the largest ever made for the arts at Columbia; the new venue will be named the Lenfest Center for the Arts in his honor. More.
Columbia University Libraries' Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation received an unprecedented $4 million gift from the Durst family, one of New York's most respected commercial and residential real estate families.