Forget the conventional wisdom the alums don't give big until they are getting on in years. Jaffray Woodriff, a fortysomething investment whiz, has made a big impact in a short time at the University of Virginia with a five-year run of grants totaling more than $30 million.
The University of Oregon recently received a $10 million gift from a billionaire alumni couple in support of life science research. They have supported their school in the past, but why life sciences? We tell you.Read More
A Wayne State University grad has given the school $25 million with an eye on helping to reboot Detroit. We unpack the lessons of this gift, and the loyalty to both a school and a place that lies behind it.Read More
Huge fortunes are being made in today's oil and fracking boom, and more of that money is now reaching campuses as alumni give back. Case in point: A recent $16 million gift to the University of Kansas.Read More
The next breakthroughs in consumer electronics, biotechnology, and even sustainable energy often begin with new materials. The hunt for the compounds that will make the next solar panel or iPhone is advancing along with computing power, and one University at Buffalo alumnus wants to help his alma mater speed things up.Read More
Midwestern billionaire David W. Grainger just made the second huge donation to an engineering school in recent years, committing $25 million to University of Wisconsin-Madison to establish an interdisciplinary research center.Read More
A philanthropist and longtime attorney for Microsoft gave $10 million to amp up Dartmouth College’s computer science program, specifically to apply complex computing and data to other fields.Read More
Not every rich grad wants to stick their name on a building. A great many are interested in meaty and even off-beat research initiatives. That can be especially true for brainy types who've made their money on Wall Street or in tech. Which helps explain why Harvard alumni power couple Bill and Karen Ackman just gave $17 million to Harvard to study human behavior.Read More