In many cases, returning a disgraced donor's gift is a no-brainer. But what if the gift in question could catalyze an entire funding area like gender equity in the cinematic arts?
Wall Street donors don't give $75 million to philosophy programs. Then again, Bill Miller rarely played by the rules. We dig into his gift and its potential implications across the liberal arts funding landscape.
The Greater Texas Foundation crossed our radar when it announced a new $3 million grant for a rural student success initiative. What else is this funder doing?
A gift for a new arts district in Fayetteville by the Windgate Charitable Foundation—a funder primarily comprised of donations of Walmart stock—aligns with Alice Walton's vision of creating a regional arts hub.
While there's been a flurry of new funding efforts around the arts and social justice, we haven't seen much of this kind of arts giving on campuses. News from an Ivy League school suggests this may change.
Last summer's violent white nationalist rally-turned-riot in Charlottesville has spurred the Lumina Foundation to back racial justice work on campus, with the hope that other funders will follow.
The billionaire is giving millions to universities to promote a less interventionist U.S. foreign policy. It's a ripe moment for such grantmaking, with the public weary of war and an "America First" populist in office.
Acutely aware of the optics at play, a billionaire donor defends his $50 million gift for an indoor football practice facility at his alma mater. Does his logic hold up?
Concerned with the growing student loan crisis, universities are warming up to the idea of eliminating tuition entirely. Of course, someone has to pay for it—and some donors are ready to step up.
Top politicians are sounding the alarm about $1.2 trillion in student debt. Legislators are probing schools that sit on fat endowments or reserve funds as they jack tuition. Why aren't more donors speaking up?
We've been wondering when more top campus givers would challenge a higher ed model that's sent costs into the stratosphere and saddled grads with record loan debt.
As state schools beset by budget cuts increasingly turn to private philanthropy, a mega-gift to the University of Maryland underscores changes in how public universities are funded.
With many funders and higher ed institutions looking to ensure that low-income students finish college, a new study of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation's efforts on this front is worth a close look.
What, no strings attached? A $100 million gift to Notre Dame is highly unusual. But this donation is worth looking at for other reasons, too.
Boston College is known mainly for its enviable liberal arts education, but it’s been building up an emphasis on science and technology. A $25 million gift helps the school follow this higher ed trend.
Higher ed has been relatively immune from the kind of socially driven arts philanthropy currently permeating the curatorial and performing arts spaces. Here's a sign that this is changing.
It's a good thing when socioeconomically diverse kids get into college. But graduating can be the hard part. A recent gift from Hastings—best known for funding charter schools—addresses this challenge.
We're seeing more gifts that bring together unusual bedfellows on campus in the pursuit of collaborative learning that draws from multiple fields. The latest example comes from the University of Missouri.
When Wall Streeters turn to philanthropy, education is often their top cause. We talk with Steve Klinsky about how he was first drawn into giving for K-12 and why he's now turning his attention to the student debt crisis.
A new academic journal on education and philanthropy, launching this week, stands out in a field with little peer-reviewed scholarship. But will it be able to win respect in the ivory tower?
In making a $125 million gift to the University of Chicago to support free market economics, Kenneth Griffin said that he may be giving "billions" more to higher ed—a sector rife with inefficiencies and subsidies.
As the tech industry’s power swells, a multidisciplinary grant to Cornell University hopes to give the future leaders in innovation a stronger footing in liberal arts and sciences.
A university lands a $50 million gift a few months after floating an in-state tuition increase of 10.6 percent. We dig into the implications in an increasingly paradoxical higher ed funding landscape.
A foundation endowed with the wealth of the late businessman and philanthropist A. James Clark is quietly emerging as one of the most generous funders in the push for STEM diversity.
Critics worry that a $200 million donation for alternative medicine from a tech billionaire and his wife will tar UC Irvine's Medical School as a haven for quacks. But the gift raises larger questions.
This year, 700,000 people will be released from jails and prisons across the country. Forty percent will return. Some foundations see college as a key to breaking this cycle.
Lumina and Kresge foundations joined forces with $5 million in grant funds to recognize the efforts of 17 cities to reduce higher education gaps and attract and nurture talented men and women.
Outstanding student loan debt in the U.S. has reached $1.4 trillion. One approach to this crisis that's attracting donor attention is helping students graduate faster from college. Will it work?
News out of Ann Arbor underscores what happens when universities lean on generous mega-donors. Still, it's a tradeoff most schools would happily sign up for.
HHMI is known for putting researchers on its payroll. Its latest fellowship expands its commitment to diversity, providing up to eight years of support for young researchers from underrepresented backgrounds.