Fund-Raising/Development

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.

Rhode Island governor tapped public college foundations to pay for state business

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Public college foundations raise money in part to offset tight state budgets. But Rhode Island's governor is tapping foundation money to pay for state business.

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.

Proactive college closures, like Sweet Briar's, may be good for investors

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Troubled colleges closing proactively rather than running themselves off a cliff may be a good development for investors in public debt, a top ratings agency says.

Charitable giving to higher education restored to pre-recession levels, report indicates

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Private giving to colleges and universities is back at pre-recession levels -- but with fewer people donating larger sums.

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.

Luther Seminary makes deep cuts to faculty and staff amid tough times for theological schools

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Sudden, deep cuts at the largest Lutheran seminary illustrate the challenges facing theological schools across denominations.

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.

Vermont group proposes making more of flagship university's board private

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Debate over U. of Vermont board raises question: Does a state need politicians appointing trustees to assure the right mission?

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