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Helen Gurley Brown Donates $30 Million to Stanford and Columbia

Helen Gurley Brown, the editor of Cosmopolitan for 31 years, has donated a total of $30 million to Stanford and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Stanford will get $12 million and Columbia will get $18 million — the largest donation ever received by the journalism school — to establish the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation.

The organization will be designed with the hopes of promoting media innovation and supporting the marriage of technology and journalism.

“David and I have long supported and encouraged bright young people to follow their passions and to create original content,” said Gurley Brown. “Great content needs useable technology. Sharing a language is where the magic happens. It’s time for two great American institutions on the East and West Coasts to build a bridge.”

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