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BUSINESS
January 18, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Google Inc.'s philanthropic arm announced $25 million in grants and investments to help fight disease, improve global health and security and develop plans to combat climate change. The investments are the first of many that Google.org will pursue in the next five to 10 years, the Mountain View, Calif., company said. Among the grants was were $10 million to ESolar Inc., a solar-power company in Pasadena, and $5 million to the Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disasters effort.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Denzel Washington is donating $1 million to Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, to re-establish its debate team. Washington was in Marshall last week to screen "The Great Debaters," the story of Wiley's 1930s debate team. He directed the film, opening Christmas Day, and stars as educator and poet Melvin Tolson, who led the all-black college's elite debate squad. During his appearance, the 52-year-old actor-director said he would like to see the team get going again.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
In a single stroke of philanthropy, two scrupulously private L.A. art collectors have transformed the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's holdings of modern art. Janice and Henri Lazarof have given the museum 130 works by major artists, LACMA officials said this week. The gift includes 20 works by Pablo Picasso spanning 65 years, seven figurative sculptures and a painting by Alberto Giacometti, and two versions of Constantin Brancusi's signature bronze, "Bird in Space."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2007 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Robert O. Anderson, a legendary wildcatter and philanthropist who founded Atlantic Richfield Oil Co. and used his clout to support an array of major cultural organizations, from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to Harper's magazine, died Sunday at his home in Roswell, N.M. He was 90. His death was confirmed by Amy Wohlert, interim dean of the University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management, which was named after the former Arco chairman and longtime New Mexico resident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2007 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
The Children's Museum of Los Angeles this week will announce a $10-million gift from an anonymous donor to partially fund exhibits and operational costs for a new museum under construction in Lake View Terrace, museum and city officials said Monday. "It's the largest single contribution to the museum in its history," said Cecilia Aguilera Glassman, chief executive of the museum, which was founded in 1979.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The late British supermarket tycoon Simon Sainsbury left 18 paintings worth as much as $200 million to Tate Britain and the National Gallery in a bequest that the two galleries described as the most significant in memory. The paintings, including works by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Thomas Gainsborough and Francis Bacon, came from Sainsbury's private collection. He died last year at age 76. The Tate will receive 13 works and the National Gallery will receive five paintings.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
Eli Broad, the L.A. businessman who has given tens of millions of dollars to cultural, educational and medical causes, was honored Wednesday with a Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, presented every two years to "families and individuals who have dedicated their private wealth to the public good and who have sustained impressive careers as philanthropists." Also receiving medals at the ceremony in Pittsburgh were the Heinz family, the Mellon family and the Tata family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2007 | Richard C. Paddock, Times Staff Writer
UC Berkeley plans to announce today that it will receive $113 million from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to create 100 endowed faculty chairs and slow the exodus of top professors to wealthy private universities. The university and the foundation hope that the huge gift will help Berkeley retain faculty members who are sometimes wooed by private universities with offers of $100,000 pay hikes and millions of dollars in research money.
NATIONAL
August 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The chancellor of the state's higher education system says he and his family will no longer consider donating $3 million to one of its schools after negative comments in his job evaluation. Jim Rogers said he had talked to Milton Glick, president of University of Nevada, Reno, this summer about making the donation to help build a math and science center, but the talks ended after a regent questioned his integrity. "Nobody is going to call me a crook. . . .
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