While combating disinformation has become a big focus of journalism funders, others are keen to revitalize local media, which they view as a key to strong democracy. We drill into a major new gift in Indiana.
The Oregon Community Foundation is the top grantmaker in its state and one of the biggest community foundations in the U.S. It also funds one of the largest private scholarship programs of its kind in the nation.
Despite growing research pointing to the dubious financial benefits of a big-time college football program, donors remain bullish on the sport. We dig into a historic gift to the University of Illinois to see why.
As regional universities thrive in an era of big philanthropy, some find themselves grappling with the pervasive issue of undue donor influence. A $50 million gift to Saint Louis University provides an instructive case study.
Universities are increasingly citing private dollars as a check against tuition hikes. This is good news for students and parents—until they realize that in many cases, donations are helping to drive up tuition in the first place.
A $160 million gift to Yale's Peabody Museum by Edward Bass shows that alumni remain bullish on potentially risky capital projects. We take a closer look at the historic gift and the donor behind it.
Foxconn is giving $100 million to the University of Wisconsin-Madison—after landing $4 billion in tax incentives to open a factory in the state. The story offers a window into what’s driving growing ties between campuses and corporations.
The explosion of regional higher ed giving can be traced to affluent donors giving back to their home regions. We dig into a particularly emblematic gift from David Steward, one of America's richest black businessmen.
Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson is one of the most respected executives in the U.S.. After making two significant gifts within the past year to her alma mater, we look at where her philanthropy may be headed next.
More campus donors are keen to cover tuition costs and free graduates from decades of debt. This can make for great copy, as a big recent gift to NYU’s medical school showed. But is it the most effective use of philanthropic dollars?
Newsrooms lack the resources to effectively train new journalists in an era of proliferating misinformation. Which is why one funder is backing a push at the university level to train investigative journalists.
Andrew J. Viterbi's philanthropy tends to be ambitious in terms of size and in scope. We dig into his recent $50 million gift to the University of California, San Diego, which, true to form, aims to cure blindness.
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.
The foundation has pledged $10 million to Stanford Medicine for the training of graduate students in the biomedical sciences, increasing the pipeline of talented young researchers who might otherwise struggle.
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?
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?
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?
The Heising-Simons Foundation has emerged as a leader in supporting women in physics and astronomy. A program it’s backing at MIT is funding young researchers, including coaching them on landing more funding.
Higher ed donors remain steadfast in their support for the liberal arts, which some see as a bulwark against a technology-driven dystopian future. Even philosophy departments are pulling in large gifts.
As philanthropists wield more influence across U.S. society, a big gift raises increasingly familiar questions about how universities and other organizations should handle mega-donors who come with serious baggage.
We’re seeing more partnerships between corporations, universities and philanthropy to upskill workers so they can thrive in a global economy. Here’s another case study out of central Michigan.
A media outlet that covers the intersection between education and technology reveals important things about the ideas that excite two major funders.
Launched in 2015, the largest fundraising campaign ever undertaken by a women's college hit its goal a year early. We dig into some of the contributing factors behind this historic achievement.
With the higher ed regional philanthropy boom showing no signs of abating, we dig into a billionaire’s $40 million gift to transform a university's business school into a "national leader in business education."
With immigrant donors representing a rising force in higher ed philanthropy, we dig into a gift from a Mexican-born entrepreneur attuned to the obstacles facing international students in these uncertain times.
While major foundations have historically overlooked "flyover country," news out of Ohio finds alumni donors turning to an entrepreneurial business education model to boost economic development.
Where are grants going as Google moves forward with its five-year, $1 billion philanthropic strategy centered on education, economic opportunity and inclusion?
The regional higher ed fundraising boom has yielded some outside-the-box gifts in the past few years. A recent example finds a longtime patron donating a collection of maps valued as much as $200 million to a small New England university.
While a court ruling on Koch giving to GMU recently affirmed the veil of privacy that often surrounds university gifts, various stakeholders feel they have a strong interest in knowing what campus donors expect in return for their money.
The Science Philanthropy Alliance released its third survey on private funding for basic science. Overall numbers are steady, and funding continues to be highly concentrated.