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.
While Gordon Getty's giving typically focuses on the music organizations, a recent donation finds him supporting his alma mater. What makes this donor tick?
While funders often encourage arts organizations to "engage" the community, an alumni couple take the next logical (but surprisingly rare) step by endowing a community engagement position within a museum.
In what's becoming a familiar trend, a gift to Boston University finds a billionaire donor trying to propel his alma mater to the upper echelons of the American university research system with a stroke of a pen.
The bad news? Many public universities are in dire financial straights. The good news? Donors are often keen to step in to help, with different kinds of big gifts—like we've just seen in Iowa.
News out of Chapel Hill points to another example of a loyal patron looking to transform a university performing arts program into a regional (and potentially national) powerhouse.
It's often hard to know what strings are attached to campus gifts since the agreements between universities and donors are rarely made public. Foes of Koch higher ed giving are demanding more transparency.
Heising-Simons’ science grantmaking is heavily focused on physics and astronomy, fields with some of the largest gender imbalances in STEM. The funder has a new program to advance equality in the fields.
A $10 million gift to Northwestern is the latest example of donors embracing the real-world benefits of a liberal arts education. It's well worth a closer look.
Florida Atlantic University operates a public high school on its campus where students can earn dual high school and undergraduate degrees in four years—for free. Some donors believe it can be replicated nationally.
Once notoriously stingy, Apple is now regarded as a philanthropic leader. Could its spirit of corporate giving extend to its deep-pocketed management team? Recent news suggests it's possible.
More campus funders looking to make a low-risk, high-reward investment are turning to that tried and true nexus point for community engagement: the university arts center.
While gifts for STEM diversity have often flowed from usual suspects like national foundations and corporate funders, a wider range of funders are giving in this space. What's driving that?
It's one of the largest industry-academic partnerships in history and raises some real ethical concerns. But what do both parties get out of a $240 million deal for collaborative AI research?