Craig Newmark has emerged as a stalwart donor in the battle to strengthen journalism in an era of media manipulation. We unpack his $20 million gift to the City of New York Graduate School of Journalism.
Universities continue to attract funding from donors concerned about the perilous state of civic life. We dig into a recent gift to UVA School Law from an alumni couple who made their millions out west.
Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are still on the margins, but interest is surging, with some people getting very rich in the frenzy. One company in the space is giving big to campus researchers.
Mix alumni donors who’ve gotten rich as entrepreneurs and students who dream of doing the same thing, and you start to understand what’s driving gifts for entrepreneurship programs. We dissect the latest big one.
Donors have been reluctant to fund cannabis research on an extensive scale. Recent developments, however, suggest this dynamic may soon change—with major upsides for universities.
With universities raising more money than ever, another ambitious fundraising campaign surfaces three prevailing trends currently shaping the higher ed philanthropy space.
The Ballmer Group is one of the most interesting acts to follow in philanthropy right now. Its latest pair of eight-figure gifts underscores its commitment to capacity building and offers more clues about its strategy.
As women's colleges struggle with shrinking enrollment, some have begun admitting men, often to the dismay of alumni. We look at how this shift is affecting fundraising at one school in Virginia—and beyond.
Too many college athletes are unprepared for life after graduation. A large gift to the University of Maryland from a stalwart donor couple hopes to change that.
Even as many argue that it’s time to look beyond the four-year residential college in order to reduce costs and remove barriers to access, some universities—and donors—have other ideas.
With more deep-pocketed donors excited by brain research, a handful of universities has landed some seriously large gifts. Brown is the latest school to get in on the action.
One of the byproducts of a higher ed space flush with donor cash is an uptick in unexpected mega-gifts from alumni with historically light philanthropic footprints. We dig into a recent example out of Oxford, Ohio.
At just 36, Beyoncé already has an active track-record of philanthropy. Among her causes, beyond women and girls, are historically black colleges.
Among the skills that lawyers need to survive today is the ability to navigate an increasingly globalized and technology-driven world. Frank Guarini is one donor who wants to help.
A university president is undermined, prompting donors to rescind $22 million in funding. We dig into a complex, unseemly, and highly portentous case study out of Las Vegas.
Whenever we find a donor putting money behind campus leadership development programs, it's usually someone who's handled some heavy responsibilities. Such is the case with a gift by the executive chairman of the Estée Lauder Companies
A move by Kellogg to train Native American teachers for STEM early learning comes as more research shows students do better when their educators are as diverse as the classrooms they lead.
Another school severs ties with a generous alumni accused of sexual harassment. But can institutions ever fully extricate themselves from a donor's legacy?
With many experts agreeing that automation threatens to alter the American workforce, some donors are backing work to gauge its economic and societal fallout. Here's an example.
What's happening at the University of Oregon is another example of how universities and other big nonprofits are taking risky gambles prompted by mega-gifts.
The Daniels Fund isn't well known outside of Western states, but it runs one of the nation's larger foundation programs that provide college scholarships. Here's a closer look.
Don't be fooled by its name or low profile. The Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation has become a major national player in higher ed funding as it works to ensure that disadvantaged college students succeed.
Three years ago, the Pearson brothers gave $100 million to the University of Chicago. Now they want their money back. As higher ed donors exert more influence, will we be seeing more of this in the future?
We sort through the biggest controversy yet over the problem of tainted donations. How should nonprofits view gifts, past and present, from a family accused of propagating the opioid crisis?
Despite a growing body of research suggesting there are too many STEM graduates and not enough jobs, STEM-related giving shows no signs of slowing down. What's going on here?
Achieving the Dream is the top national organization working to help community college students succeed. With the help of a local foundation, it's expanding its efforts to Mississippi.
With a net worth of $2.8 billion, Carlyle Group co-founder Daniel D’Aniello has been expanding his philanthropy. His most recent gift zeroes in on a hot area of higher ed giving: helping veterans.
Tampa-based philanthropists Kiran and Pallavi Patel have flown under the national radar, despite an extensive history of regional giving. Now, that's changing, with recent gifts totaling $225 million.
Universities raised more money last year than ever before and not all the big gifts are flowing to elite private institutions. But with a new tax law kicking in and the stock market starting to gyrate, is the party almost over?
Institutional grantmakers are often the most generous backers of social justice work at universities. Less common are donors like Seymour Bluestone, who left $8.4 million to Brandeis. What's the backstory?