Campus gifts exceeding $10 million have grown in both quantity and total dollar amount over the past year. At the same time, "middle of the gift pyramid" giving has lagged. We dig into the implications of this fundamental shift.
Now more than ever, some funders see the humanities as way to bring communities together, help young people succeed, and improve society as a whole.
Ivy League schools aside, universities across the country have local funders backing their research departments. In San Antonio, the Voelcker Fund has donated millions to Texas state schools.
Universities may be under pressure to stem rising tuition, but it's not coming from donors, who keep writing big checks to schools with sky-high costs, as a new $50 million gift reminds us.
Deep murkiness surrounds the fundraising and finances of higher ed institutions, especially those that raise money through supporting foundations. The result? Donor due diligence can be impossible.
With more students keen to start their own businesses and more alumni who got rich in exactly this way, it's no wonder that entrepreneurship gifts are growing. But the aims of such gifts are also changing.
UC Berekley's Magnes Collection recently received $10.1 million from Taube Philanthropies, the largest single monetary gift to acquire art in Berkeley's history. Here's the back story.
We've noticed some major campus gifts lately from alumni who've served in the military and want their alma maters to do more for veterans. The latest, from a Hollywood writer, went to Penn State.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is putting up $150 million for an initiative based at Johns Hopkins that aims to elevate civic discourse. But is an academic institution the right place for such work?
HHMI is making $24 million in grants to schools that take a variety of approaches to increasing diversity in STEM subjects, with an eye on issues of belonging among students. What's the logic, here?
A $140 million gift to MIT suggests that while unrestricted support remains rare, it may prove to be an appealing philanthropic instrument for donors who prize flexibility, "lean" giving and risk taking.
Despite growing interest in impact investing, such activity is lagging in higher education. A new report commissioned by the Kresge and Lumina foundations offers a blueprint for ramping things up.
Inside Philanthropy received numerous responses to an article about how fundraisers and other charity leaders exaggerate the amount of money given to their organizations. What did people say?
Jon Huntsman, who's given away over a billion dollars, is more known for fighting cancer than big government. So what's he doing teaming up with a lightening rod donor like Charles Koch?
If you attended a liberal arts institution, and then made millions in the science and technology sector, it's not surprising that you might want to see your alma mater step up its game in the sciences.
Donors may be gone, but they can't be forgotten. We look at a case at Brown University in which a building is renamed in favor of a new and wealthier donor. Does this pass the smell test?
Donors hope a renovated pharmaceutical sciences center will advance drug discovery and enhance education for future pharmacists. Given the demographic trends at play, investing in this area makes sense.
It has taken some time for Beyoncé’s giving to catch up to the level of thoughtfulness and precision on display in her artistic work. A new scholars initiative points to a growing intentionality.
Chicagoland couple Jerry and Susan Kolschowsky, who built a fortune in the food industry, support the poor and hungry near home—and in the developing world.
Billionaire Jonathan Gray, head of global real estate at Blackstone Group, and wife Mindy are raising their philanthropic profile. Their recent seeding of a New York City effort to help families start saving for their kids' college was big news.
Many liberal arts students refrain from studying abroad due to financial reasons or limited networking opportunities abroad. What happens when a donor check eliminates these obstacles in one fell swoop?
With arts patrons increasingly giving to areas not based on either coast, regions like the Rust Belt are positioning themselves as vibrant and viable arts destinations. For proof, we turn to the Iron City.
As more funders continue to stress the importance of the liberal arts as it applies to getting ahead in today's economy, we look at an effort encouraging underserved students to pursue the humanities.
Faced with globalization, rising inequality, and an uncertain job market, more campus donors are favoring an experiential and qualitative approach to business education.
A crazy case involving a wealthy family and a Massachusetts college raises a sticky question: When charities want to distance themselves from the tarnished reputations of donors, what are their options?
As the demand for very specific STEM skills grows, funders understand that a "throw it at the wall and see what sticks" approach is costly and ineffective. So what does work?
No, it's not your imagination: New billionaire philanthropists keep appearing out of nowhere to make eight- and nine-figure gifts, with universities scoring ever-bigger gains. Here's the latest case.
A gift to a major engineering program suggests that some STEM-focused donors are increasingly keen on developing "soft" skills like negotiation, critical thinking, and networking.
Donors with extensive business backgrounds are well positioned to help universities navigate the complex global challenges that lie ahead. We look at one such donor and her gift to a Houston business school.
There was a time when classes in "entrepreneurship" were strictly for business majors. A recent gift suggests that times—and how donors think about this hot area of giving—have changed considerably.