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Galvins donate $10.25 million to Northwestern

September 26th, 2016

Christopher Galvin, the longtime former chairman and CEO of Motorola, and his wife, Cindy Galvin, have donated $10.25 million to Northwestern University.

This and other gifts from the broader Galvin family add up to $18 million, according to the university.

“Our extended family members have earned 10 degrees from Northwestern across its various schools, so it’s played an important role in our education,” Chris Galvin said in a release announcing the gift. He earned political science and MBA degrees from the university. “Northwestern also plays an important role in the city of Chicago, positively influencing people’s lives in our family and the community. That’s why we give.”

Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro praised the family’s “meaningful and sustained support,” saying the Galvins have helped “shape future entrepreneurial leaders for generations to come.”

The Galvins’ latest $10 million gift will support the Kellogg School of Management and its new Kellogg Global Hub, a center that opens next year. The university says it will name a design wing and conference center there after the Galvins.

The remaining $250,000 of the Galvins’ gift will go to the university’s venture capital fund that provides seed funding to launch innovations by Northwestern students.

The Galvins’ gift supports the university’s “We Will” fundraising campaign, which has now raise just more than $3 billion–close to its $3.75 billion goal.

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