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Stanford endowment posts big gain

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Here are the week’s top nonprofit stories reported elsewhere:

* Venture-capital investments fueled big gains for Stanford University’s endowment, making it the fastest-growing among the 10 wealthiest U.S. universities, The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 23.

* Cleveland philanthropist Peter B. Lewis is giving Princeton University, his alma mater, $101 million to expand its creative and performing arts activities, The New York Times reported Jan. 21.

* Jack Lord, the late star of TV hit “Hawaii Five-O,” and his recently deceased wife left $40 million to 12 Hawaii charities, the Associated Press reported Jan. 22.

* Philanthropist Andrea Bronfman, the wife of Seagram heir Charles Bronfman, died Jan. 23 after a car hit her in New York City, The Globe and Mail reported Jan. 24.

* British charities fear their pension deficits are limiting donations by consuming a growing share of donated dollars, the Telegraph reported Jan. 23.

* Management skills and strategies taught in MBA programs apply as much as charities as to businesses, a British management professor says, but business schools are just catching up with the charitable market, the Guardian reported Jan. 16.

* Research shows that one in three Scots are prepared to donated to charity, compared with one in four people in England, and that one in four women donate money to charity each month, compared with one in five men, Scotland Today reported Jan. 20.

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