"A Fraught Moment." Donors Get Behind a Campus Initiative to Strengthen Democracy

"A Fraught Moment." Donors Get Behind a Campus Initiative to Strengthen Democracy

It’s not just foundations that are channelling new funds to democracy work. Rising anxiety about the future of American civic life is also sparking university giving in this space—including recent donations to UVA.

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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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Ironies Abound: A Closer Look At a Campus Mega-Gift From a Hedge Fund Billionaire

Ironies Abound: A Closer Look At a Campus Mega-Gift From a Hedge Fund Billionaire

In making a $125 million gift to the University of Chicago to support free market economics, Kenneth Griffin said that he may be giving "billions" more to higher ed—a sector rife with inefficiencies and subsidies. 

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A Right, Not a Privilege: A Gift Breaks Down Barriers to International Travel for Undergraduates

A Right, Not a Privilege: A Gift Breaks Down Barriers to International Travel for Undergraduates

Many liberal arts students refrain from studying abroad due to financial reasons or limited networking opportunities abroad. What happens when a donor check eliminates these obstacles in one fell swoop?

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