Category Archives: Philanthropy


U. of Virginia Will Donate KKK’s 1921 Gift to Charlottesville Victims

The University of Virginia will give $12,500 to people injured in the violent clash stirred up by the “Unite the Right” rally last month in Charlottesville, Va., Teresa A. Sullivan, UVa’s president, announced on Thursday.

The amount is the present-day equivalent of the $1,000 that was pledged to the university by the Ku Klux Klan in 1921. According to Ms. Sullivan’s announcement, no evidence suggests the Klan actually gave $1,000 to UVa, but a newspaper at the time indicated that the institution’…


7 College Presidents Receive $500,000 Awards From Carnegie Corporation

The Carnegie Corporation of New York announced on Tuesday that seven college presidents were each the recipient of a $500,000 Academic Leadership Award to support academic initiatives on their campuses.

Carnegie recognized the presidents for their “excellence in undergraduate education, the liberal arts, equal opportunity, the development of major interdisciplinary programs, international engagement, and the promotion of strong ties between their institutions and their local communities,” ac…


U. of Louisville Foundation Broke Its Own Bylaws, State Audit Finds

A former president of the University of Louisville Foundation broke several of its bylaws, acted without consulting its Board of Trustees, and fostered a “dysfunctional governing environment,” according to a Kentucky audit whose report was released on Wednesday.

James R. Ramsey, a former president of the University of Louisville, was also president of the university’s foundation. He stepped down from both positions this year, after Kentucky’s governor sought to radically restructure the universi…


USA Funds Moves to Further Focus on Education Philanthropy and Investing

USA Funds, which has played a growing role in education philanthropy and investing in the last few years, announced on Wednesday that it would shed its loan-guarantee affiliates.

Officials at the $1-billion organization said the move would allow it to further focus on its new mission of ensuring that college leads to meaningful results for students, which it does by making grants and investments in for-profit and nonprofit companies and organizations.

Over the last three years, the nonprofit USA…


Former U. of Louisville President Will Leave Lucrative Foundation Post

James R. Ramsey, who recently left the presidency of the University of Louisville, has stepped down from his position as head of the university’s foundation, The Courier-Journal reports. Ever since Mr. Ramsey’s departure from the university’s top spot, he had been dogged by questions about that other role, which in 2014 brought him a compensation of $2.8 million in addition to his salary as president.

According to the newspaper, Mr. Ramsey said in a resignation letter that foundation leaders wan…


City College of N.Y. President Is Cleared in Dispute Over Spending From Arts Fund

A City University of New York investigation has exonerated the president of its City College campus of accusations that she improperly spent some $600,000 from an arts endowment on adjunct professors’ salaries, The New York Times reports.

The investigation, by CUNY’s general counsel, followed complaints by faculty members who were surprised to find this summer that the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Fund for the Arts, created with gifts from the Sosnoffs and previously used for arts programs, exhibits,…


Ohio U. Will Remove Roger Ailes’s Name From a Newsroom

Roger Ailes’s name will be removed from a television-station newsroom at Ohio University, and a $500,000 donation the former Fox News executive made to the university in 2007 will be returned, according to reports by the station, WOUB, and The Post, a student-run newspaper.

Mr. Ailes, a 1962 alumnus of the university, has been accused by more than 20 women of sexual harassment. Fox News’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, recently reached a $20-million settlement with Gretchen Carlson, a former…


38 Community Colleges to Begin Replacing Textbooks With Free Educational Resources

Thirty-eight community colleges will take part in a new effort that involves replacing commercial textbooks with free educational materials. The open-educational-resources project, which is being coordinated by Achieving the Dream, a network for community-college reform, is expected to bring the free materials to at least 76,000 students in the next three years.

Proponents of open resources say that the use of the materials could save students as much as $1,300 in textbook costs per year, or abo…


U. of Utah Plays Down Honorary-Degree Recipient’s Role in ‘Hate Groups’

After drawing attention from online commenters, the University of Utah has removed references on its website to an honorary-degree recipient’s leadership of two anti-LGBT groups, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

The website originally mentioned the philanthropist Lynette Nielsen Gay’s involvement with Family Watch International and the World Congress of Families, both of which have advocated restrictions on LGBT rights, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has labeled them as “hate …


George Mason Faculty Calls on Leaders to Abandon Scalia Name for Law School

George Mason University’s Faculty Senate voted on Wednesday to condemn the renaming of the university’s law school to honor the late Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court. BuzzFeed News reported that the body had voted 21 to 13 to call for the renaming process to be reopened. The vote is only symbolic.

At the meeting, BuzzFeed reported, faculty members slammed the university not only for its choice of name, but also for accepting, in exchange for the Scalia renaming, $30 million from the c…