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?
Remember when capital campaigns were all about new buildings and actually had end dates? Well, those days are over, according to a new survey of nearly 600 fundraising professionals.
Mellon is the mothership funder for the arts, humanities, and higher education, with annual grantmaking of $300 million a year. Where will its new leader take this critical foundation?
Emory's $400 million windfall is the latest reminder that biomedical research is one of the most powerful magnets for large-scale campus gifts. Such gifts are getting bigger, too.
Wealthy athletes are a rising and potent force in philanthropy. A case in point is Kevin Durant who already has an impressive charitable footprint. Better yet, we suspect he's just getting warmed up.
Veterinary medicine donors seem to come out of the blue, but boy, they make some huge gifts now and then, often to universities. Case in point—a dog-loving dermatologist just gave $50 million to Oregon State.
What happens when a generous donor and honorary degree recipient has been accused of sexual misconduct? Universities are finding the path forward is far from obvious.
As part of an aggressive campaign to shut down a campus research lab that uses dogs, PETA has accused Texas A&M University of inflating its fundraising tallies.
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.