Pace University Receives $5 Million Gift for Social-Entrepreneurship Center

Pace University in New York City has announced a $5 million gift from Boston-area entrepreneurs Helene and Grant Wilson to support a new center devoted to honing the managerial skills of nonprofit professionals.

The center, which will be named the Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship, will provide scholarly research, training courses, and advisory services, including a program to help individuals make the transition from the business world to the nonprofit sector. In addition, the center will provide additional nonprofit management courses and materials for the university's undergraduate and graduate students.

"The Wilson Center will leverage Pace University's performance in nonprofit organization development and education, enhancing its quality and giving it national reach," said Pace president David A. Caputo. "We expect the center to create heightened awareness throughout the university of the nonprofit sector in civic life."

Helene Wilson is a 1966 Pace marketing graduate who founded and still operates gift and home accessories stores on Cape Cod. Her husband, Grant Wilson, a 1963 MIT engineering graduate, has organized, co-founded, or invested in dozens of businesses in fields ranging from manufacturing and real estate to the Internet.