Amid Growing Skepticism About Elite Universities, Alumni Dig Deep for Financial Aid

Amid Growing Skepticism About Elite Universities, Alumni Dig Deep for Financial Aid

There’s been growing criticism that donors exacerbate inequality by funneling billions to wealthy universities with a poor track record of boosting economic mobility. Two huge scholarship gifts show a different path forward.

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Who’s Giving Globally to Educate Millions of Children in Crisis Situations?

Who’s Giving Globally to Educate Millions of Children in Crisis Situations?

Losing school structures removes a ladder that can help children climb back to normalcy when crises subside. Yet education appeals receive less than 2 percent of humanitarian funding. Some funders are looking to change that.

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A Blockbuster Gift From T. Denny Sanford Attacks the High Cost of College Education

A Blockbuster Gift From T. Denny Sanford Attacks the High Cost of College Education

While big campus donors tend to see more generous scholarships as the key to expanding access to higher education, a billionaire credit card mogul is putting up $350 million to help National University cut its tuition in half.

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“Creating the Best Doctors.” More Donors Make the Case for a Free Medical Education

“Creating the Best Doctors.” More Donors Make the Case for a Free Medical Education

Can free medical school education change who becomes a doctor or what kinds of jobs med school graduates take? Wealthy backers of NYU Langone Health and now Weill Cornell Medicine believe so. But are they right?

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Philanthropic Evolution: A Hotel Mogul Talks Generational Giving

Philanthropic Evolution: A Hotel Mogul Talks Generational Giving

Barry Sternlicht set up a foundation early last decade with his former wife. His adult children now help drive family giving, which includes issues like education reform and diabetes research. Sternlicht talks to us about his journey.

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In a Higher Ed Landscape Flush with Cash, Are More Big Gifts Starting to Reach HBCUs?

In a Higher Ed Landscape Flush with Cash, Are More Big Gifts Starting to Reach HBCUs?

Despite a growing focus on issues of equity and an avalanche of campus donations, historically black schools continue to struggle. But several big recent gifts, plus demographic trends, provide grounds for cautious optimism.

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Flash Points: How Gifts to Two Black Colleges Reflect the Volatile State of Higher Ed Fundraising

Flash Points: How Gifts to Two Black Colleges Reflect the Volatile State of Higher Ed Fundraising

News out of Kentucky provides yet another example of donors rehabilitating their brands through higher ed philanthropy. But this story also features corporate intrigue, disputed gifts, and the funding inequities facing black universities.

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“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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What’s Next for a Venture Philanthropy Fund That is Laser-Focused on Chicago?

What’s Next for a Venture Philanthropy Fund That is Laser-Focused on Chicago?

A Better Chicago is part of a venture philanthropy world that has exploded since the late 1990s. We connect with its new CEO, Beth Swanson, about her plans as to scale nonprofits with innovative ideas around education and opportunity.

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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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