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Duke U. Lays Claim to $10 Million From Oilman’s Estate

The university filed probate-court papers on Tuesday seeking more than $9.9 million in what it says were unfunded pledges made by the oil and gas magnate Aubrey McClendon before his death, in March, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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Israel's Ben-Gurion U. Lands $400-Million Gift for Water Research

The bequest, to the university's fund-raising arm in the United States, is from a couple who escaped from Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

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Donations to U. of Missouri Fall After Football-Team Boycott

Gifts to the university's athletic department are down after a losing football season during which the team threatened a boycott in support of student protests.

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Presidents of Small Colleges Bank on Fund Raising to Survive

Big gifts are critical, but with concerns about the future of the liberal-arts institutions, some would-be donors are asking tougher questions before giving.

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Sortable Table: College and University Endowments, 2014-15

A searchable database shows how individual institutions fared.

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U.S. Colleges Raise $40 Billion; Stanford Tops List at $1.6 Billion

Fund raising jumped by 7.6 percent over 2014, with nearly a third of all contributions going to the top 20 institutions.

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A Major Barrier to Alumni Giving: Graduates’ Mistrust

A study based partly on fake solicitation letters finds that whether alumni will give to their alma mater depends mostly on their trust in it.

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Sortable Table: College and University Endowments, 2013-14

A searchable database shows how individual institutions fared.

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‘Huge Explosion of Wealth’ Drives Record $37.5-Billion in Gifts to Colleges

Gains in the stock market over the past year powered a strong increase in charitable giving to academe, according to a survey by the Council for Aid to Education.

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Benchmark Survey Finds a Continued Rise in Giving to Colleges

The stock market’s recent volatility notwithstanding, the country’s improved financial outlook in 2013 contributed to a surge in donations to higher education.

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Building a Better Major-Gifts Officer

After surveying more than 1,000 fund raisers, a consulting company has developed a model for success.

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From Millennial Donors, Little Loyalty to Alma Mater

Fewer than half of alumni in this generation have given to their colleges, and many say they’d donate to other causes first. But fund raisers aren’t dismissing them.

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Plan Would Cap Charitable Deduction for Top Earners

Nonprofit groups criticized the proposal, one of several efforts to generate tax revenue.

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On the Road to $600-Million, Villanova Visits Florida

Big events help fund raisers connect with alumni, but cultivating gifts happens mostly behind the scenes.

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Gifts to Colleges Hit $33.8-Billion, Topping Pre-Recession Levels

The largest growth by source was in donations from alumni, according to a survey by the Council for Aid to Education.

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Young Donors Are Turned Off by Out-of-Date, Uninformative Web Sites

A survey released on Thursday has important lessons for the online presence of colleges' fund-raising operations.

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Donations Rose Only Slightly Last Year

At current giving levels, it will take organizations at least six more years to raise as much as they did before the recession hit, in 2007, according to the "Giving USA" report.

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Weber State U. Is Criticized for Naming Family Center for Mormon Official

A gay and lesbian caucus is among groups that oppose naming the center for a church official with "a narrow vision of what a family is."

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Gifts to U.S. Colleges Rose 2.3% in 2012, Narrowly Outpacing Inflation

The growth was well below 2011's 8.2-percent rise and, when adjusted for inflation, came to an increase of just 0.2 percent, says the Council for Aid to Education.

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Charities Get Tough Questions on Tax Breaks—and Can Expect More

Nonprofit groups warned of dire results if the charitable deduction is limited. But some lawmakers wondered if the benefit is helping people most in need.

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California College Counters Budget Cuts With Donor-Sponsored Classes

Las Positas College, a two-year institution, is soliciting private benefactors in the community to sponsor class sections at $5,500 each.

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These Days, Colleges Urge Young Alumni to Give ... Posthumously

As donors worry about outliving their assets, fund raisers find success—and often bigger donations—in asking them for bequests.

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Chinese Donors Respond Best to Personal Appeals, Fund Raisers Are Told

Western colleges seeking gifts in China should be ready for a long march, said speakers at a Council for Advancement and Support of Education conference.

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Charitable Donations Barely Grew Last Year, 'Giving USA' Finds

Gifts to education rose by just 0.9 percent after inflation in 2011, according to "Giving USA," the annual report on American philanthropy.