Donor gives $100m to education
An American businessman and philanthropist is donating US$100 million (US$142.4m) to the National University System, a nonprofit that focuses on education and philanthropy initiatives.
T Denny Sanford of South Dakota is best known for donating about US$1 billion to the Dakotas-based health system that carries his name.
The new donation is the largest in the National University System’s history, and comes a year after Sanford gave US$28m to the network, which supports students looking for alternative ways to learn.
The gift will expand the system’s Sanford Harmony programme, which aims to help reduce stereotyping, bullying and aggression in young schoolchildren.
System officials say the Sanford Harmony programme could reach up to 30 million students nationwide and around the world.
It emphasises diversity, inclusion, empathy, critical thinking, communication, problem-solving and peer relationships. The objective, Sanford said, is for students to carry those qualities through life and to ultimately reduce the divorce rate.
‘‘It really creates harmony among the kids,’’ he said. ‘‘But as I said, the long-term goal is harmony among adults. Preventative medicine is the purpose of the whole programme.’’
T Denny Sanford’s donation will help schoolchildren worldwide.