Development/fund-raising

Growth in charitable contributions to colleges slows in 2016

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Total contributions climbed to $41 billion in 2016 even though gifts from individuals dropped.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund defends accepting Koch money

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Large grant to organization of black colleges reignites debate about taking funds from leading foe of government spending, on which the colleges and many students depend.

UC Irvine moves to reject endowed chair gifts from donor with strong opinions about the study of Hinduism

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UC Irvine moves to reject gifts for endowed chairs from group that has strong opinions -- too strong -- about the study of Hinduism and a desire to influence who would be hired.

$400 million gift to Harvard sets off debate about philanthropy to wealthy institutions

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$400 million gift to the world's wealthiest university sets off a public backlash about the priorities of billionaire donors and their alma maters.

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.

One college distances itself from Bill Cosby; others stick with him

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Allegations against the comedian, an active fund-raiser and speaker in higher education, have led one college to drop his name, while others stand by him.

UNCF receives $25m from Koch brothers, prompting praise and anger

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Koch brothers make major gift to the UNCF, primarily for scholarships -- and some wonder why black college group accepted the money and will give Koch some say in how recipients are selected.

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.

Michigan Donor Pulls $3M Gift Over Naming Concerns

The University of Michigan's Board of Regents chairman and his wife are rescinding a $3 million gift toward a new multicultural center because their names would go on the structure, raising worries the only building on campus named for an African-American was being replaced.

Chairman Mark Bernstein and his wife, Rachel Bendit, will withdraw the gift, originally announced in April. University of Michigan protocols called for the building to be renamed Bernstein-Bendit Hall. But the university's current multicultural center, named for newspaper founder and equal rights activist William Monroe Trotter, is the only building on Michigan's Ann Arbor campus named for an African-American. The center would still have been called the Trotter Center, but many objected to having the name taken off of the building, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"We spent time with faculty, students, staff and alumni who shared with us their sense of loss and who expressed their fear that the only African-American name on a building at U-M would be diminished or erased," the newspaper quoted Bernstein, who is chair and managing partner of a Michigan law firm, as saying. "There are hundreds of buildings on this campus, and only one, Trotter, honors the name of an African-American. This is wrong. … We did not want to silence Trotter -- this one, lonely African-American voice on our campus. This was, of course, not our intention, but it could have been the result."

The new building is planned to total about 20,000 square feet and open in 2018 at a cost of $10 million. Its construction was included in demands from the university's Black Student Union during 2014 protests -- the university's current center has been criticized as being run-down and located away from Michigan's core campus, while the new facility is planned for a more central location. A Michigan spokesman said the project will move forward, although sources of replacement funding are unclear. The Trotter Center's name is now set to remain as it is today.

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