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A $25m alumni gift to Santa Clara reimagines "science, technology, and society" as Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship; is this a typical CA bellwether?

"Philanthropic efforts to nurture social entrepreneurship on campus are not new.... What we haven't seen so much, though, are big individual donors putting their money behind this kind of campus work. Could such gifts become a bigger thing? You'd think so, given the huge interest right now in using business models and strategies to make the world a better place.... One sign of this heightened area of giving is a recent $25 million gift to Santa Clara University by alumnus Jeff Miller, and his wife Karen, which will rename the Center for Science, Technology, and Society as the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. That's right—an entire center dedicated to social entrepreneurship, at a school in the heart of Silicon Valley." -- Ade Adeniji, Inside Philanthropy


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