Administration

Higher Education’s Megagift Boom Hits New Highs, Survey Shows

Big gifts to higher education last year topped $6 billion for the first time, continuing a postrecession surge in eight- and nine-figure donations. Giving from smaller contributors is declining.

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How USC Raised $6 Billion and Is Now Seeking More

The university doubled its fund-raising staff and focused on midlevel donors. Now it’s adding three more years to its record-breaking capital campaign.

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Universities Face New Scrutiny Over Spending by Private Foundations

The nonprofit entities often operate with little or no public oversight, but state legislators are starting to pay attention.

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Demand for Information on Harvard Gift Raises Thorny Issues for Fund Raisers

A federal judge overseeing an investor-fraud case has ordered the university to provide testimony and documents showing how a donor sent money to the institution.

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Connecting to Young Alumni

Elon University and other colleges experiment with ways to keep recent graduates engaged.

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How One University Used Crowdfunding to Reach Young Donors

Cornell was also interested in learning whether the approach could reach alumni who had not donated before. The experiment has worked.

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Colleges Get Unusually Large Share of Biggest Donors' Contributions

Nearly half of giving by the country's most generous philanthropists went to higher education, with $1 of every $5 benefiting elite universities with multibillion-dollar endowments.

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Decline in Giving by Individuals Last Year Kept College Fund Raising Flat

American universities raised $41 billion, barely more than the previous year. Harvard led the way with nearly $1.2 billion.

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What to Do With a Mustang, and Other Lessons in Handling Gifts of Property

A donor may have a college’s best interests at heart, but sometimes in-kind gifts are more trouble than they’re worth. After all, says one college official, "we’re not running a flea market."

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University Trust Lets Donors Do the Grant Making

The University of Virginia’s Jefferson Trust invites donors to give $100,000 each and then decide as a group how to spend the money to strengthen the student experience.

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Stanford Hangs Up on Telemarketing — Will Others Follow?

Fund raisers debate the university's decision to end phone-athons, weighing the costs of annoying donors versus the benefits of acquiring more of them.

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Why College Alumni Don’t Give to Their Alma Maters: They Think Other Charities Need Money More

Among graduates who give, 26 percent said they would donate more if they could earmark their money for specific campus purposes, according to a new survey.

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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.