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The California-based Morgans (James and Rebecca ’60) started the ball rolling with a $1 million gift  

New Gifts Spur Collaborations

June 16, 2015

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The California-based Morgans (James and Rebecca ’60) started the ball rolling with a $1 million gift to seed joint research with The Nature Conservancy, the nation’s largest conservation organization. Then came a $150,000 Sesquicentennial gift from David Drinkwater ’94, a materials science and engineering grad based in Texas, earmarked for renewable energy research.

Next, David (’60) and Patricia Atkinson in Philadelphia pledged $1.7 million to spur our connection with Environmental Defense Fund. The first fruits of that new gift are already visible, with 10 undergrads working as summer interns in EDF offices across the nation. From Westchester County, New York, Jill and Ken Iscol ’60 generously expanded their funding of summer undergrads to include students working with Oceana, an international organization devoted to saving our oceans. Read more about our growing summer internship program.

The Atkinson Center’s number of donors has nearly tripled in 2015, with more than 75 gifts so far this year. We are delighted to have a show of support coming from so many corners of the country, and we are putting the new resources to work toward a future that sustains our people and planet.