Sinners and Saints: Weighing a Donor's History and Where the Money Came From

Sinners and Saints: Weighing a Donor's History and Where the Money Came From

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.

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Rust Belt Bellwether: Behind an Innovative Partnership to Build the "Workforce of Tomorrow"

Rust Belt Bellwether: Behind an Innovative Partnership to Build the "Workforce of Tomorrow"

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.

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Less Uncertainty, Greater Opportunity: An Immigrant Entrepreneur Steps Up to Help International Students

Less Uncertainty, Greater Opportunity: An Immigrant Entrepreneur Steps Up to Help International Students

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.

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What Does This Atypical Donation Say About the State of Regional Higher Ed Fundraising?

What Does This Atypical Donation Say About the State of Regional Higher Ed Fundraising?

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.

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Not Just Koch Money: The Larger Debate About Donor Clout and Transparency in Campus Gifts

Not Just Koch Money: The Larger Debate About Donor Clout and Transparency in Campus Gifts

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. 

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Funding a "Leadership Laboratory." Behind Another Higher Ed Mega-gift

Funding a "Leadership Laboratory." Behind Another Higher Ed Mega-gift

As the regional philanthropy boom rolls on, small universities far from coastal urban centers continue to pull in big gifts from alumni donors. We dig into a donation focused on the developing next-generation leaders.

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