Development/fund raising

Defaulting Donor or Unresponsive Donee?

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St. Bonaventure becomes latest institution to be sued by donors, illustrating the growing tensions over gift obligations.

When Athletics May Influence Alumni Giving

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New study finds a link between sports success and donations -- but not in the way many college officials tend to think.

Mixed Ruling in Tulane Lawsuit on 'Donor Intent'

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Louisiana law gives donors and their heirs the right to sue to colleges and other nonprofit groups that fail to carry out terms of their gifts, the state's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Forecasting Slower Growth in Fund Raising

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Association introduces new tool to project trends in giving to colleges and schools.

Charlie Wilson's Chair

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He may not be Thomas Jefferson, but that does not seem to matter to his supporters. Charlie Wilson, the notoriously fun-loving former Texas Congressman, may soon have an endowed professor’s chair named in his honor, to the dismay of some professors at the University of Texas at Austin.

Encouraging Interdisciplinarity

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Consortium of research universities considers steps to support cross-departmental research by making changes at faculty and administrative levels.

Scrutiny for a Presidential Spouse

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U. of Tennessee banned wife of system's leader from contact with donors and employees -- and lifted ban only after stipulating her lack of authority.

Give or Feel Guilty

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Syracuse claims that almost 400 of its students are at risk of not returning for the spring semester unless it can raise $2 million by the end of January.

Unsettling Settlement Over 'Donor Intent'

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Given the level of vitriol that marked the six-year legal battle between Princeton University and the relatives of a former donor, it's hardly surprising that Wednesday's settlement to bring the lawsuit to a close was not, as some such accords are, of the "Can't we all just get along?" group hug variety.

'Jewish Studies, Jewish Money'

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WASHINGTON -- The panelists were to consider four questions. To summarize the first three: To what extent has Jewish philanthropy shaped the growth and content of Jewish studies as a field; have such external influences changed over the years; and does Jewish studies stand out, apart from the sciences, for its dependence on outside cash? To quote the moderator, Steven J. Zipperstein of Stanford University, on the fourth, “When is money too expensive to accept?”

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