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July 20, 2015

Gifts Roundup: Montclair State Gets $20 Million, and Drew Brees Donates $1 Million to Purdue

Montclair State University
A $20 million anonymous gift to the business school at Montclair State University will support entrepreneurship, accounting, and more.
A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:

Montclair State University

An anonymous donor gave $20 million to the business school at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

The donation will be used to support programs including entrepreneurship, accounting, business analytics, and sports, events and tourism marketing.

Montclair State University
Montclair State University's School of Business

Belmont University

Milton and Denice Johnson gave $10 million to create an endowed scholarship program at Belmont University in Nashville called Bridges to Belmont. The scholarships go to incoming students — many of them the first in their families to attend college — from public high schools in the city.

Riverview Medical Center Foundation

Bob and Joan Rechnitz, founders of the Two River Theater company in Red Bank, New Jersey, donated $5 million to Riverview Medical Center Foundation to launch an integrative medicine program, prompting an anonymous donor to give an additional $5 million. Integrative medicine, sometimes called "holistic medicine," focuses on disease prevention using conventional treatment paired with alternatives like herbal medicine and acupuncture.

Purdue University

Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, and his wife, Brittany, donated $1 million to the football program at Purdue University. Mr. Brees is an alumnus of the university and was an All-America quarterback for the school’s team. In 2007, he gave $2 million to Purdue to enhance its academic program for athletes.

Press Freedom Litigation Fund

Journalist Glenn Greenwald pledged to match $10,000 in donations to the Press Freedom Litigation Fund to support the legal appeals of Chelsea Manning, an army intelligence whistle-blower sentenced to prison for violating the Espionage Act. First Look Media and Freedom of the Press Foundation had previously pledged to match up to $50,000.

To learn about other big donations, see our database of gifts of $1 million or more, which is updated throughout the week.

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