How Did This Public University Off the Beaten Path Score a Huge Gift for STEM?

How Did This Public University Off the Beaten Path Score a Huge Gift for STEM?

The largest gift in Western State Colorado University’s history looks to boost access to STEM education in a fast-growing part of the country where demand for the skill set is inordinately high.

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Grand Experiment: Behind An Influential Funder's Big Bet on "Equitable Neighborhood Development"

Grand Experiment: Behind An Influential Funder's Big Bet on "Equitable Neighborhood Development"

A couple of years ago, Detroit's Marygrove College was running out of cash. Now, it's the fulcrum of a big push by the Kresge Foundation to use a higher ed institution to drive place-based development.

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"A Moral Requirement." The Making of a Big Gift to a State School in the Midwest

"A Moral Requirement." The Making of a Big Gift to a State School in the Midwest

There are more super-wealthy Americans than ever who didn’t go to schools like Harvard or Stanford. They went to places like Michigan State University. And they haven’t forgotten where they got their start.

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High Note: The Logic of a Historic Gift for Regional Opera

High Note: The Logic of a Historic Gift for Regional Opera

As regional giving continues to reshape the higher ed landscape, we’re seeing greater support for the highbrow performing arts at universities far from the familiar urban enclaves. Here’s an instructive case study.

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"Accelerate Everything." Meet the Campus Donor Cultivating a City's Tech Ecosystem

"Accelerate Everything." Meet the Campus Donor Cultivating a City's Tech Ecosystem

The effort of a wealthy tech entrepreneur to transform San Antonio is another example of “destination philanthropy,” as big donors step up place-based giving, often in partnership with local universities.

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"Redefining the Financial Model." A College Goes All-in On Philanthropy to Reduce Tuition

"Redefining the Financial Model." A College Goes All-in On Philanthropy to Reduce Tuition

Confronting the perception that its $60,000 price tag puts it out of reach for most families, St. John’s College’s $300 million fundraising campaign focuses on slashing tuition and eschews costly capital projects.

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Anschutz: With a Historic Mega-Gift, a Publicity-Shy Billionaire Inches Into the Spotlight

Anschutz: With a Historic Mega-Gift, a Publicity-Shy Billionaire Inches Into the Spotlight

For decades, Philip Anschutz's extensive giving has unfolded below the radar. Now, tapping a $12.5 billion fortune, he’s stepping things up—and stepping out publicly, including with a $120 million gift to the University of Colorado.

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“It’s a Way to Make a Difference.” Behind a Campus Gift to Revitalize a Heartland News Desert

“It’s a Way to Make a Difference.” Behind a Campus Gift to Revitalize a Heartland News Desert

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.

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College Dreams: A Community Foundation With a Big Focus on Scholarships for Local Students

College Dreams: A Community Foundation With a Big Focus on Scholarships for Local Students

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.

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Growing Pains: A Regional University's Foray into Big-Time Fundraising Raises Questions of Donor Influence

Growing Pains: A Regional University's Foray into Big-Time Fundraising Raises Questions of Donor Influence

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.

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Hey, Siri: What's the Deal With This Major University Research Gift by an Asian Corporate Giant?

Hey, Siri: What's the Deal With This Major University Research Gift by an Asian Corporate Giant?

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.

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"A Moral Imperative." Exploring the Idea of Donor-Funded Free Tuition

"A Moral Imperative." Exploring the Idea of Donor-Funded Free Tuition

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?

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"And So It's Time." A Tech Donor Cements His Legacy in Southern California

"And So It's Time." A Tech Donor Cements His Legacy in Southern California

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.

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