Development / fund raising / alumni affairs

Giving to colleges hits another record high; wealthy institutions get the most

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As charitable donations to higher education soar to a new record high, the richest institutions continue to distance themselves from the rest.

Colleges keep lines of communication open with alumni as they respond to diversity concerns

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As colleges grapple with issues of race and diversity, they face questions from alumni and donors -- not all of whom are pleased with new campus efforts.

House Republicans question university endowment spending, executive compensation

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House Republicans question endowment spending and executive compensation in what may signal another round of federal scrutiny over tax benefits flowing to wealthiest universities.

2014 is record year for higher ed donations

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Contributions to colleges and universities hit nearly $38 billion in 2014, making it the strongest year yet for charitable giving.

Donors gave $34 billion to colleges in 2013

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Generous alumni helped colleges rake in nearly $34 billion in donations in 2013, a 9 percent increase over 2012.

Endowment returns, negative in 2012, return to double digits

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A year ago, endowment investment returns were in the red, now they are nearly 12 percent. But it's unlikely to last.

Proposed Ph.D. funded by JPMorgan Chase raises questions at U. of Delaware

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A planned doctoral program at University of Delaware -- funded primarily by JPMorgan Chase -- is raising questions about academic-business partnerships.

Centre College loses huge donation

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What would have been the largest donation ever to a liberal arts college isn't headed to Centre College and it's not exactly clear why.

University presidents work to increase recognizability with alumni

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Despite social media and alumni magazine profiles, most college alumni don’t know the president of their alma mater. Does that matter?

Vanderbilt's singular focus on raising money for aid lowers debt

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Vanderbilt has seen average student debt decline due to “singular focus” on fund raising for need-based financial aid, a potential model for other universities. Hopkins has taken similar approach.

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