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September 18, 2015

Big Gifts for U. of Wisconsin and Harvard

The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced a $22-million donation Thursday from the Grainger Foundation to boost tutoring and peer-to-peer learning opportunities for engineering students, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

The gift will endow a learning center at the university's College of Engineering as well as financing upgrades to classrooms and design facilities. The foundation, led by Wisconsin engineering alumnus David W. Grainger, gave the college $25 million last year to establish a research institute.

The Warren Alpert Foundation pledged $20 million Thursday to Harvard Medical School to fund multiple efforts, including projects in immunological research, Bloomberg writes. The foundation, which focuses on disease research, was established by businessman and philanthropist Warren Alpert, who died in March 2007, a month after donating $100 million to Brown University's medical school.

With nearly three years left to go, Harvard's capital campaign is closing in on its record $6.5 million target, according to The Harvard Crimson. An online report sent to a members of a campaign steering committee and obtained by the campus newspaper indicates the drive has passed $6 billion in gifts and commitments.

For more information about giving by foundations, corporations, and individuals, see The Chronicle's gifts database.