Disruptive Gifts: Transformational Philanthropy Meets Business-as-usual

Three years ago, Ron Perelman gave $100 million to create the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Business Innovation at Columbia Business School. “I think Columbia has the potential to be the greatest university in the world,” he said in an interview with the Observer. “I don’t believe that it is there yet, but I think that it can be….” This case study session examines what happens behind the scenes when a donor focused on ROI makes a game-changing gift. Lessons from a big gift apply to organizations of all sizes. It’s always a challenge to deliver on donor intent when the intent is to change business-as-usual. See session 36. 

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