Timeless Appeal: Another Alumnus Donor Makes the Case for the Residential College Experience

Timeless Appeal: Another Alumnus Donor Makes the Case for the Residential College Experience

Driven by a potent mix of nostalgia, market demand and the real value of an immersive education, some donors remain enamored with the residential college experience. We dig into the latest big gift to ensure that students can enjoy life on the quad

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Behind a $25 Million Plan to Elevate Women in STEM and Use their Stories to Inspire Girls

Behind a $25 Million Plan to Elevate Women in STEM and Use their Stories to Inspire Girls

Can role models inspire girls to push into STEM fields that have historically been dominated by men? A successful female entrepreneur who’s now focused on philanthropy is betting big that the answer is “yes.”

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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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Here and Now: Behind the Rise in Giving for University Public Health Initiatives

Here and Now: Behind the Rise in Giving for University Public Health Initiatives

While the impulse of funders to bankroll that next medical breakthrough is as strong as ever, growing health disparities help to explain a surge in giving for campus public health initiatives. We dig into the latest big gift in this burgeoning field.

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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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In Good Health: Another Campus Gift Finds an Alumni Couple Attuned to Market Demand

In Good Health: Another Campus Gift Finds an Alumni Couple Attuned to Market Demand

The healthcare sector plays a huge role in local economies and American life broadly. Equipped with donor dollars, more universities are looking to get in on the action by creating or expanding health schools. A case in point is a recent big gift to Loyola in Chicago.

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Planet Word: A Philanthropist’s Mission to Build a Museum of Language

Planet Word: A Philanthropist’s Mission to Build a Museum of Language

The real estate heiress and former reading teacher Ann Friedman had a dream to open a museum of language in D.C., and it’s now under construction. Friedman tells us how this project emerged and who—besides herself—is putting up the money.

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Quant Philanthropy: Tapping Hedge Fund Riches, a Data-Driven Couple Ramps Up Their Giving

Quant Philanthropy: Tapping Hedge Fund Riches, a Data-Driven Couple Ramps Up Their Giving

John Overdeck parlayed degrees in math and statistics into a multi-billion dollar fortune. Now, he and his wife Laura are emerging as major philanthropists, with a big focus on education. Here’s a look inside their rapidly growing foundation.

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“The Past is Never Dead.” In a Campus Controversy, a Cautionary Tale for Alumni Donors

A trustee and major donor to Gettysburg College resigned after a 38-year-old photo emerged of him dressed as a television character sporting a Nazi armband. With donors facing new scrutiny on highly charged college campuses, should alumni think twice before cutting that next big check?

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Making the Transition: A Gift to Acclimate First-Time Students to an Elite University

Making the Transition: A Gift to Acclimate First-Time Students to an Elite University

While donors are giving big to provide disadvantaged students access to elite colleges, the real work often begins once the student arrives on campus. A big gift to an Ivy League school will scale a successful initiative to help first-gen students adjust to college life.

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Too Much Power? A Closer Look at a Controversy Around Donor Influence on Campus

Too Much Power? A Closer Look at a Controversy Around Donor Influence on Campus

Should a donor have a say in a university's hiring decisions and research priorities? While the answer to this question might seem obvious, St. Louis University has pushed aside criticisms of a $50 million strings-attached gift from a wealthy libertarian benefactor.

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Long Game: Inside the Carnegie Corporation’s Quest to Improve Science Education

Long Game: Inside the Carnegie Corporation’s Quest to Improve Science Education

One of the country’s oldest foundations has been working over the past decade to bolster science education, with a big focus on improving the quality of instructional materials. How’s this effort been going? And what’s been learned along the way?

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"One Step Closer." What We Can Learn From a Big Campus Gift for a Burgeoning Niche Field

"One Step Closer." What We Can Learn From a Big Campus Gift for a Burgeoning Niche Field

A gift to the University of Florida's law school encapsulates three of the big themes reshaping higher ed: increasingly specialized giving, ambitious multi-billion dollar fundraising campaigns, and the emergence of previously under-the-radar alumni mega-givers.

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Proud Partners: A Reliable Arkansas Arts Funder Keeps the Gifts Flowing

Proud Partners: A Reliable Arkansas Arts Funder Keeps the Gifts Flowing

A recent $20 million gift from the Windgate Foundation to the University of Central Arkansas—the largest in the school’s 111-year history—is another reminder of the stronger philanthropic ecosystems that are emerging in the South.

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A Public University Mega-Gift Raises Questions Concerning Donor Influence and Equity

A Public University Mega-Gift Raises Questions Concerning Donor Influence and Equity

The University of Virginia (UVA) recently netted a $120 million gift—the largest in its 200-year history—for a school of data science. What’s not to love? Quite a bit, it seems, judging by criticisms of the donation.

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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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“We Need to Open the Doors.” A Campus Gift to Boost Diversity Among Environmental Leaders

“We Need to Open the Doors.” A Campus Gift to Boost Diversity Among Environmental Leaders

A $20 million gift seeks to increase accessibility for underrepresented and first-generation students to Duke’s School of the Environment. It comes at a moment when there’s growing acknowledgement that green groups must do more to diversify their ranks in an era of rapid demographic change.

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Community Colleges Offer an Upward Path to Needy Students. Will More Donors Pay Attention?

Community Colleges Offer an Upward Path to Needy Students. Will More Donors Pay Attention?

Community colleges serve almost half of the country's college students yet receive a shockingly small percentage of philanthropic support. A growing body of research on how these students can go on to succeed at elite institutions hopes to change the narrative.

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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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