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Beneficient Group founder and wife donate $11.5 million to build SMU business school commons

Dallas businessman and financier Brad Heppner was welcomed to the Southern Methodist University business school campus as an undergraduate student pursuing a triple major in the 1980s, thanks in part to a scholarship.



a man standing in front of a window: Brad Heppner, CEO of Beneficient Group in Dallas.


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Brad Heppner, CEO of Beneficient Group in Dallas.

“We had a dedication out front with all the students. You had Cary Maguire, Ed Cox, and Trammell Crow — all out there dedicating the opening of those buildings,” Heppner said.

Now, with an $11.5 million gift from Heppner and his wife Aurelia, his family’s name will adorn a brand new commons area the university is planning as part of a $10 million renovation of existing Cox School of Business facilities.

In addition to the commons, their donation includes $1.5 million to support research faculty salaries and scholarships through the Heppner Endowments for Research Organizations.

“We hope for those to grow

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Central Valley businesses donate food to first responders at Creek Fire

Inside Alena Food in southeast Fresno, employees are preparing meals similar to the ones they supply to Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission and other local casinos that have been feeding seniors and employees.

“We were doing pre-cooked meals for their elders to ensure they got a healthy meal every day with nutritional value. So that helped us stay afloat during the hardship and first phase of being shut down,” said Tim Patendis, Alena foods.

Tim Patendis is the owner of Alena Foods, a processing, manufacturing and distributing company. He estimates business is down 50% because of the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Patendis has been able to help get food and prepare items for firefighters battling the Creek Fire.

“Another day, they needed protein items, some meats. Took care of it right away. Our goal is to help and get what they want, and they need it. They’re doing an incredible

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Mastercard Donate Offers Consumers More Ways to Give Back

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This unprecedented year has accelerated charitable giving by double-digit percentages1. With consumer spending increasingly moving online, Mastercard is today announcing the expansion of its digital giving platform – Mastercard Donate – to enable cardholders to round up their everyday spend to the nearest dollar for donations to the charity of their choice.

Consumers will be able to simply register their debit or credit card information, select the cause they wish to support and start contributing small donations that add up to big impact. Visitors to the Mastercard Donate site can already make one-time and recurring donations. The newly expanded roundup feature, allowing cardholders to make donations based on the roundup amount, will be made available to U.S. cardholders through a new Mastercard Donate mobile app in time for the holiday season and through the website

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