Dept. of Mega-Gifts: An Alumni Couple Cements Their Philanthropic Legacy

Dept. of Mega-Gifts: An Alumni Couple Cements Their Philanthropic Legacy

After 50 years of support, philanthropists Sidney and Lois Eskenazi recently gave $20 million to their alma mater, Indiana University. The gift underscores how the regional higher ed fundraising boom benefits public universities and the liberal arts.

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Tried and True: Why Financier Mega-Donors Remain Reliable Supporters of the Liberal Arts

Tried and True: Why Financier Mega-Donors Remain Reliable Supporters of the Liberal Arts

It may sound counter-intuitive at first, but some of the biggest patrons for university arts initiatives hail from the world of high finance. A closer look at a $100 million gift to Harvard reveals some conceptual and practical reasons for this.

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A Rising Tide: How the Higher Ed Fundraising Boom Lifts the Liberal Arts

A Rising Tide: How the Higher Ed Fundraising Boom Lifts the Liberal Arts

Historic levels of donor support for higher education has included a surge in big gifts for the liberal arts. We dig into an instructive campaign from a mid-tier public university turning to private dollars as state support lags.

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Mega-Donors Rarely Support Historically Black Colleges. Will This Gift Change That?

Mega-Donors Rarely Support Historically Black Colleges. Will This Gift Change That?

Ronda Stryker and William Johnston’s $30 million gift to Spelman College is the largest gift to a historically black college in 30 years. Why is it so hard for these schools to raise big money even as many higher donors profess an interest in equity?

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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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Two Donors Want to Revoke Their Mega-Gift. Is It a Sign of Things to Come?

Two Donors Want to Revoke Their Mega-Gift. Is It a Sign of Things to Come?

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?

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Score One for the Liberal Arts: Why That Big Campus Gift for Philosophy Matters

Score One for the Liberal Arts: Why That Big Campus Gift for Philosophy Matters

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.

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