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Alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and fans are introducing the new funds and ideas that set NYU apart. These generous benefactors are committed to making NYU more accessible, more affordable, and a one-of-a-kind experience for students across the globe.

Elizabeth Elting (STERN ’92)
Elizabeth Elting recently made a gift of $5 million to the Stern School of Business, the largest donation from a self-made woman in the school’s history. Over the next 10 years, her gift will create the Elizabeth Elting Advancing Women’s Leadership Fellowship, which will support 40 MBA students who demonstrate extraordinary academic merit and an impressive record of leadership experience. The gift will also provide seed capital to 20 women-led businesses through the Elizabeth Elting Venture Fund. Further, a large-scale convening space for classes, lectures, and guest speakers in the Kaufman Management Center will be named the Elizabeth Elting Lecture Hall, in recognition of Elting’s significant commitment.

Milton Friedman (WSC ’49, DEN ’55)
The College of Dentistry has received a bequest of nearly $7 million from the estate of Milton Friedman. The gift, which is the largest ever received by the College of Dentistry from an individual, owes much to the stewardship of the college’s former associate director for development, Marsha Metrinko, who regularly phoned Friedman, a retired dentist, at his home in Commack, New York, to bring him news about the college. These calls, Friedman told her, kept his alma mater “alive” for him. Friedman’s donation will be used to advance faculty recruitment, research, and special projects. Dean Charles Bertolami called the bequest “not only the most generous individual gift to the college, but also one of the most meaningful because it so clearly reflects Dr. Friedman’s devotion to the future of his alma mater.”

Phyllis and Sidney Bresler and the Robert I. Schattner Foundation
Phyllis and Sidney Bresler, in conjunction with the Robert I. Schattner Foundation, recently made two transformational gifts to NYU Langone Health. A $1 million donation from Sidney and Phyllis Bresler serves as the cornerstone gift to support the Advanced Spinal Cord Imaging and 3-D Surgical Navigation Program. This program includes cutting-edge MRI techniques, 3-D virtual and augmented reality tools, and preoperative surgical planning software that can be applied to patients undergoing neurological spine surgery. The Breslers’ generous donation is made in honor of Anthony Frempong-Boadu and in loving memory of Charles S. Bresler, Janet Orenstein, and Kay and Robert I. Schattner. A second gift from the Robert I. Schattner Foundation of $2.25 million endows a full-tuition scholarship for a needs-based student as part of the Grossman School of Medicine’s tuition-free initiative. This endowment was made under the guidance of Phyllis and Sidney Bresler.

The Lui & Wan Foundation
The Lui & Wan Foundation has made a $2.25 million gift toward scholarships to establish the Lui & Wan Foundation Scholarship Fund. Livia Wan has dedicated her career as an OB-GYN doctor at NYU Langone Health, joining the faculty in 1968 and establishing and leading the Division of Family Planning. Her daughter, Yvonne Lui, of the Grossman School of Medicine, is currently the associate chair of artificial intelligence at NYU Langone’s Department of Radiology. The Lui & Wan Foundation also created the Yung Hsia Women’s Pavilion in 2008, and in 2017 made an extraordinary gift to establish the Livia S. Wan, MD Professorship in OB/GYN. The Lui and Wan family has had an incredible legacy of giving, making NYU Langone Health one of their philanthropic homes.