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Record giving to higher education is back, according to a survey released on Wednesday by the Council for Aid to Education. America’s colleges and universities took in $33.8-billion in charitable contributions during the 2013 fiscal year, nearly a 10-percent increase over 2012 and the biggest sum ever raised by the sector. The previous record for [...]

Today, the Council for Aid to Education released the preliminary results of the 2013 Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey, reporting that colleges and universities raised $33.8 million last year. (Read the full press release here.) While full survey results will not be available until spring, initial data demonstrate important trends that institutions can use to [...]

The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA) announced today that it is awarding eight U.S. nonprofit organizations a total of $1,604,530 in grants as a result of the Building Bridges Program’s first-ever funding competition. In the past, the Building Bridges Program has only awarded grants through a curatorial approach or through intermediary organizations. As part of [...]

Georgetown University has received a $10 million gift for a new center aimed at fostering innovation among students who want to build skills and organizations to solve society’s problems, the school announced Monday. Georgetown alumna Olga Maria Beeck and her husband, investor Alberto Beeck of Key Biscayne, Fla., made the gift and helped develop the [...]

America’s most generous donors are ditching the caution that marked so much of their giving as the economy stalled and are roaring back with a bevy of multimillion-dollar contributions to colleges, hospitals, and other causes. The Chronicle’s ranking of the 50 donors who give the most to charitable causes shows that the wealthy contributed $7.7-billion last [...]

Last week, the news commentary website Slate posted what they called the “First Modern Organizational Chart“. I have placed an image of the chart below but I still think that the post is worth reading. Not only is the visualization … Continue reading

The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and LSA have been awarded $1.3 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a major initiative on the synergies between humanities research and the design of cities. The program, “Egalitarianism and the Contemporary Metropolis,” will run for four and a half years and include symposia, [...]

As funders face an increasing demand by the nonprofit sector, the public, and governments to be more transparent, a new GrantCraft guide released today in collaboration with Glasspockets provides practical advice for funders to publicly share various aspects of their operations, work, and knowledge. Opening Up: Demystifying Funder Transparency presents real-world case studies that demonstrate [...]

Conrad Prebys said he has felt a connection to San Diego State University for decades. Now, that connection has become an official relationship, thanks to a $20 million gift from the renowned San Diego philanthropist to create several endowed scholarships, the university announced today. In recognition of his gift, which will support at least 150 [...]

Ever since the late 1980s, when the performance artist Karen Finley started playing around with yams and chocolate, the National Endowment for the Arts has come under fire from some conservative lawmakers. Back then the agency was castigated for giving grants to provocative artists like Ms. Finley, whom some critics called obscene. Now House Republicans [...]