With a storied history including a top-20 national ranking in all-time victories, a top-10 national ranking in both all-time winning percentage and 20-win seasons, and ranking third in regular season conference titles behind perennial NCAA men’s basketball powers Kansas and Kentucky, Western Kentucky University is no stranger to post-season play. So perhaps it is expected […]
This week in philanthropy sees gifts to universities and a few in support of art museums.
The world’s leading private philanthropist handed a $100,000 prize to the California Institute of Technology on Tuesday for its work on a self-contained, sun-powered system that recycles water and breaks down human waste into storable energy. Gates is focusing on the need for a new type of toilet as an important part of his foundation’s […]
A January study shows that the value of educational endowments grew an average of 11.9 percent during the 2010 fiscal year, representing a sharp improvement over the 18.7 percent decline reported in 2009. The 2010 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments reflects data from 850 U.S. colleges, universities and affiliated foundations. Participating institutions represented more than $346 […]
The University of Southern California will announce Wednesday its largest donation ever, a $200-million gift from alumnus David Dornsife, the chairman of a large steel fabricating company, and his wife, Dana.The Dornsifes’ donation will go to USC’s College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the university’s biggest academic unit, without restrictions on how it should be […]
Academic medical centers often find themselves caught in the middle: they are not purely education enterprises, nor ate they solely healthcare organizations. This reality can make planning, budgeting, and campaigning challenging. Read about approaches being taken, opportunties, and what lies ahead as academic medical centers plan and implement fundraising campaigns toally outside the traditional campus […]
Bentz Whaley Flessner’s Fall 2009 Client Advisory discusses why it is important to campaign now, the impact of the economy, and keys to fundraising success. Author M. Bruce Dreon introduces a new four-step campaign model that fits the economic and philanthropic reality of the times.
On Wednesday the Federal Reserve released the minutes from their August 11 and 12 meeting. The Fed viewpoint was that the economic recovery steps had strengthened their confidence that the downturn in economic activity was ending. This end of the recession is also the dominant viewpoint in the survey of leading economists by the Wall […]
Too many development shops are focused on where the economy is now. Last fall Bentz Whaley Flessner looked at where the economy was going to be and advised clients that budgets and gift levels would be difficult in the quarters ahead. We shared our insight in client advisories, spoke at conferences around the continent, and […]
Our nation’s colleges and universities function in an environment that offers great philanthropic opportunities but one that requires advancement to adapt and even to reinvent best practices for private support. New donors will come from increasingly diverse communities. Advancement programs must shape actions with persistent research, education, and understanding. Campuses are becoming increasingly international. In […]
It is planning time! In many development shops leaders have accelerated planning to get a jump on the fiscal year, but for most, annual planning takes place around the turn of the year. The prevalence of the exercise we know as planning suggests that it is beneficial, yet the groans that greet the announcement of […]