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No Good Gift Goes Unpunished

Not 24 hours after the announcement of the world’s largest gift to higher education, there were those eager to criticize it. “Wait, Is Bloomberg’s $1.8-Billion Donation to Johns Hopkins a Good Thing?” screamed the headline in the November 20th issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Michael R. Bloomberg’s gift will enable the University to [...]

Orlando isn’t the Only Magical Place in Florida

Say “magic” and “Florida” in the same sentence and people think you are talking about Orlando.However, there is something magical about Pensacola, particularly the University of West Florida’s 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign.Launched in 2011, the campaign set a stretch goal of $42 million for the quiet phase.

Fostering Young Alumni Donors

                By Heather Thornton, Project Coordinator The other day, I received a holiday email from my alma mater which promoted me to put “make year-end gift to Sewanee” on my to-do list.  Being in the fundraising field and working with higher education institutions on a daily basis, it [...]

By |2016-12-15T21:26:41+00:00December 15th, 2016|University Fundraising|0 Comments

Liberal Arts Lessons From Sweet Briar

              By: Meggan Arp, Ph.D., MBA, Marketing Coordinator Over a year after the alumnae of Sweet Briar College stymied a plan to close their institution, the College’s resilience is manifest with positive results: Sweet Briar has exceeded its fundraising goals for the 2016 fiscal year, raised $10.25 million in 10 [...]

By |2016-10-12T19:14:27+00:00October 12th, 2016|University Fundraising|0 Comments

This Was Their Fight Song

              By: Elizabeth Smith, Project Coordinator This summer, Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” became the anthem of so many women across the country. The song empowers women to stand up and fight whatever is going on in their lives and to be strong. This summer, I had the honor to [...]

By |2016-01-21T15:58:03+00:00January 21st, 2016|University Fundraising|0 Comments

Imagining The Future of Liberal Arts Colleges

By: Meggan Arp, Marketing Coordinator In light of Moody’s Investors Service’s ominous forecast that closure rates of small colleges and universities will triple and that mergers will double by 2017, many are questioning the future of small, liberal arts institutions. A recent article by Kellie Woodhouse in Inside Higher Ed identifies the main struggle for [...]

By |2015-10-09T14:15:43+00:00October 9th, 2015|University Fundraising|0 Comments

Board Alphabet: T’s, W’s, G’s, and P

By: David Shufflebarger, Senior Partner Well done, the work of college and university governing boards is hard work. And today that work is more frequently done under public scrutiny based on such things as federal scorecards, financial aid stress tests, bond ratings, state mandates for improved graduation rates, and, sadly, leaders behaving badly. Not surprisingly, [...]

By |2015-10-07T08:46:32+00:00October 7th, 2015|University Fundraising|0 Comments