“A Built-In Advantage.” Why U.S. Universities are Looking Across the Atlantic to British Foundations

“A Built-In Advantage.” Why U.S. Universities are Looking Across the Atlantic to British Foundations

British foundations gave approximately $125 million to North American universities between 2014-2018, far more than their publicly funded European counterparts. Is this a new and promising frontier for American higher ed fundraisers?

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With Donor Support, a Regional University Looks to be a Leader in Coastal Resiliency

With Donor Support, a Regional University Looks to be a Leader in Coastal Resiliency

While funders are giving to help communities adapt to climate change, support rarely flows to universities. A gift in Virginia shows that this may be starting to change as more coastal schools and their donors look to address growing threats.

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"Freeing Minds.” A Closer Look at St. John's Bid to Cut Tuition—and Why Donors Are All In

"Freeing Minds.” A Closer Look at St. John's Bid to Cut Tuition—and Why Donors Are All In

Starting this year, St. John’s College is  lowering tuition dramatically. The move is part of a carefully orchestrated campaign to buck prevailing trends and is made possible by some donors with deep pockets. Here’s the inside story.

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From the Courts to the Green: Why an NBA Star Brought Golf to Howard University

From the Courts to the Green: Why an NBA Star Brought Golf to Howard University

Warriors basketball superstar Stephen Curry’s growing philanthropy includes a seven-figure donation to launch a golf program at Howard University. The gift fits into his larger vision of using sports to advance equity and inclusion.

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Even as Some Donors Cool on Charters, This Network of Schools is on a Fundraising Roll

Even as Some Donors Cool on Charters, This Network of Schools is on a Fundraising Roll

These aren’t the best of times for charter schools, with political pushback growing and some disappointed donors losing interest. But IDEA Public Schools, a southern charter network, is doing better than ever. What accounts for its success?

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No Metrics Needed: How a Classic Music Devotee’s Years of “Quiet Support” Led to a Huge Gift

No Metrics Needed: How a Classic Music Devotee’s Years of “Quiet Support” Led to a Huge Gift

While fundraisers are increasingly concentrating their efforts on younger and more impact-focused donors, they shouldn’t discount the emotional power of classical music and the giving power of “old world” patrons. For proof, we turn to a big recent gift.

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Far Too Few Rural Americans Attend College. These Funders Want to Change That

Far Too Few Rural Americans Attend College. These Funders Want to Change That

Despite higher ed funders’ surging interest in equity and access, rural students are often overlooked. But thanks to several factors, including engaged donors, universities are stepping up their efforts to recruit and support such students.

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A Growing Backer of Early Childhood Learning Steps up with Another Set of National Grants

A Growing Backer of Early Childhood Learning Steps up with Another Set of National Grants

Even as early childhood learning gains momentum, many foundations still focus on work closest to home. Which is why the emergence of J.B. and M.K. Pritzker as national funders in this space is a big deal. We take stock of the latest move by their Pritzker Children’s Initiative.

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A "Wasted Opportunity?" Unpacking Michael Bloomberg's Mega-Gift to Johns Hopkins

A "Wasted Opportunity?" Unpacking Michael Bloomberg's Mega-Gift to Johns Hopkins

Bloomberg’s $1.8 billion gift to his alma mater has attracted a range of criticisms. We sort through which are fair and which aren’t—and how his detractors miss a central issue in the debate over higher ed and philanthropy.

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An Initiative to Improve Health in Schools Puts Trauma Front and Center

An Initiative to Improve Health in Schools Puts Trauma Front and Center

Foundations and nonprofits are becoming more interested in addressing trauma among children and adolescents, as research points to its many negative effects on life outcomes. America’s Promise Alliance is one organization taking on this issue, tapping a $6 million grant.

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Inside the Growing Push for Social and Emotional Learning in K-12 Education

Inside the Growing Push for Social and Emotional Learning in K-12 Education

More funders are backing social and emotional learning and other “whole child” approaches, helping power a growing field that aims to reimagine schools. But what do philanthropies mean when they talk about SEL and what’s behind its new popularity?

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What’s Hot (and What’s Not) in Education Philanthropy Right Now

 What’s Hot (and What’s Not) in Education Philanthropy Right Now

The education funding landscape has been in flux in recent years, as new funders have emerged with different priorities and stalwart major players have shifted course. A recent report from Grantmakers in Education highlights key trends.

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Lost Generation: How Can Fundraisers Effectively Engage Debt-Ridden Millennial Alumni?

Lost Generation: How Can Fundraisers Effectively Engage Debt-Ridden Millennial Alumni?

Saddled with student debt, millennial graduates often don’t have extra income to donate to their alma mater. Many are also more drawn to social causes than established institutions. How is this reality reshaping higher ed fundraising?

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A Funder That's Training STEM Teachers, With an Eye on Also Making Bigger Changes to K-12

A Funder That's Training STEM Teachers, With an Eye on Also Making Bigger Changes to K-12

The Knowles Teacher Initiative is mainly focused on professional development for math and science teachers through intensive fellowships. But it’s also looking to empower them to fight for larger improvements in education.

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A National Education Funder Makes its Home Region a Priority with “Good Neighbor” Grants

A National Education Funder Makes its Home Region a Priority with “Good Neighbor” Grants

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a major supporter of college access with a broad geographic focus. But the Virginia-based organization also makes its home region a priority, giving significantly each year for education in the Mid-Atlantic States.

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How a Top Foundation is Betting Big on Prison Education and Reentry

How a Top Foundation is Betting Big on Prison Education and Reentry

The Andrew Mellon Foundation has emerged as a leading funder of prison education, seeing such programs as a “public good.” Mellon’s latest big round of grants in this space comes on the heels of a new study showing how such funding can ease reentry.

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As Another Big University Gift Goes Wrong, What Are Some Key Takeaways?

As Another Big University Gift Goes Wrong, What Are Some Key Takeaways?

The saga between the University of Alabama and Hugh Culverhouse Jr. ended with the school returning most of his $26.5 million pledge. But the dust-up points to a future in which hands-on donors and schools increasingly wrangle over how gifts are used.

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