A recent $20 million gift from the Windgate Foundation to the University of Central Arkansas—the largest in the school’s 111-year history—is another reminder of the stronger philanthropic ecosystems that are emerging in the South.
The University of Virginia (UVA) recently netted a $120 million gift—the largest in its 200-year history—for a school of data science. What’s not to love? Quite a bit, it seems, judging by criticisms of the donation.
Fewer than half of all students who start community college finish. In Mississippi, the Woodward Hines Education Foundation sees honor societies as one key to changing that. It’s also connecting schools in the state to a national community college network.
A $20 million gift seeks to increase accessibility for underrepresented and first-generation students to Duke’s School of the Environment. It comes at a moment when there’s growing acknowledgement that green groups must do more to diversify their ranks in an era of rapid demographic change.
Community colleges serve almost half of the country's college students yet receive a shockingly small percentage of philanthropic support. A growing body of research on how these students can go on to succeed at elite institutions hopes to change the narrative.
Historic levels of donor support for higher education has included a surge in big gifts for the liberal arts. We dig into an instructive campaign from a mid-tier public university turning to private dollars as state support lags.
The University of Michigan is wrapping up a historic fundraising campaign that’s pulled in $5 billion and counting. Of the many mega-gifts it received, we dig into one that is solely earmarked for financial aid and reflects growing donor concern around issues of affordability.
With stresses and shocks to U.S. society growing, and government in retreat in many places, a growing range of funders is keen to bolster civil society’s role in promoting resilience. We look at a unique effort along these lines under way in Arizona.
A major donation to UT Austin’s business school provides an illuminating look into how donors hailing from the world of finance perceive ideas like “value” and “impact,” concepts which aren’t nearly as clear cut to these givers as you might think.
Another huge campus gift for artificial intelligence research leaves us wondering: Can donors concerned about the ethical, social and humanitarian consequences of the AI revolution keep pace with rapid technological change and the forces of private enterprise?
Micron Technology typically isn’t mentioned in the same breath as Google, Microsoft, or Intel, but when it comes to boosting gender parity and diversity in the STEM field, its giving arm punches well above its weight.
A big donation to Brown University combines three donor priorities that are currently shaping the higher ed giving space: support for capital projects, funding for the liberal arts, and eliminating student loans and debt.
The Abney Foundation is another funder chipping away at the tuition crisis through scholarship awards. We take a closer look at its local grantmaking in South Carolina, and how it aligns with the founder’s original youth-centric mission.
A fundraising arms race is under way as top universities build state-of-the-art facilities to attract high-caliber students and faculty. We look at what’s behind the trend and dig into a big recent gift to Carnegie Mellon to construct a new hall for its College of Engineering.
Ronda Stryker and William Johnston’s $30 million gift to Spelman College is the largest gift to a historically black college in 30 years. Why is it so hard for these schools to raise big money even as many higher donors profess an interest in equity?
As Ivy League universities work to recruit more low- to middle-income students, the Perelman family's $65 million gift to Princeton raises familiar questions around the best way for higher ed donors to boost economic mobility.
Fundraising experts have long called for an end to capital campaigns and the pressure they cause for fundraisers and their institutions. Macalester College is an example of a school charting a new path. How’s that working out?
Private companies, lobbying groups, and executives have recently severed financial ties with the Saudi government. The same can’t be said for American universities, which have received million in Saudi gifts.
A common theme of Len Blavatnik’s giving is an eagerness to support promising areas of medical research. Still, his biggest gift yet—$200 million to Harvard Medical School—has raised the usual questions about big philanthropy.
The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, housed at the Pittsburgh Foundation, is investing in campus-based efforts to support young researchers and to stimulate collaboration across disciplines. Where’s the money heading?
Ohio helped swing the 2016 election to Donald Trump, and the GOP controls both the governorship and state legislature there. But the Gordon Gund Foundation keeps working against the tide to advance a progressive agenda.
Bloomberg’s $1.8 billion gift to his alma mater has attracted a range of criticisms. We sort through which are fair and which aren’t—and how his detractors miss a central issue in the debate over higher ed and philanthropy.
Lumina has set an ambitious goal to increase the proportion of adults with post-secondary degrees and certifications to 60 percent by 2025. That number hovered around 47 percent as recently as 2016. Here’s the latest effort to move the needle.
While donors have made it a point to prepare law students for an increasingly interconnected world, a recent gift from the “Godfather of the Airline Industry” focuses on Asia, which will remain the fastest-growing region in the world through 2030.
With tuition rising, donors are stepping up efforts to reduce student loan debt. Some also have an eye on changing demographics that threaten their alma maters, with the pool of college-bound young people set to shrink in coming decades.
With a $17 million gift to the University of Houston to help foster kids complete degrees, a Texas couple joins the small but growing number of givers intent on assisting youth in the face of multiple challenges.
Private equity star Jean-Pierre Conte is the son of immigrants from France and Cuba. We talk with him about what motivates his growing giving, including support for first generation college students.
Last year’s violence in Charlottesville, VA triggered some major donations at the time. More recently, Bank of America gave $1 million to UVA’s education school to promote tolerance in youth. Other donors have also stepped forward.
Undocumented students often face all the same challenges as other first-generation kids on campus. But they also live in growing fear. A group of California foundations is stepping forward to support them.
A $25 million gift earmarked for a public health school finds a Giving Pledge signee with a decades-long track record of Florida-based philanthropy turning his attention 3,000 miles west, to San Diego. What’s that about?