Development / fund raising / alumni affairs

Critics question spending librarian's donation on scoreboard

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Alumnus and longtime library employee left largely unrestricted bequest to U of New Hampshire. It is spending $100,000 on the library and $1 million on a video scoreboard for the football stadium.

Wayne State Donor Agreement Goes Under the Microscope

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Pizza baron's gift to Wayne State business school draws scrutiny over provisions requiring consulting with donors on certain courses and stipulations on what a dean should be paid.

When a major donor can't complete a pledge

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A medical school building keeps its name at Marian University in Indianapolis, even after the man it's named for can't fulfill a $48 million pledge.

Universities try new ways to reach recent graduates, especially those with debt

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Colleges expand efforts to raise money from recent graduates. But Northeastern campaign that was widely mocked online shows that raising money from those repaying student loans isn't easy.

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.

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