Education

Penn State Students Raise More Than $10M in Dance Marathon
February 20, 2018 at 11:34 am

Hundreds of hardy Penn State students have raised more than $10 million for pediatric cancer patients in the annual 46-hour dance marathon known as THON. The $10,151,663.93 total was announced Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, billed as the world's largest student-run philanthropy. Money raised benefits pediatric cancer…

Fundraising at USC Tumbles Amid Medical School Scandals
February 7, 2018 at 12:53 pm

USC, known nationally for its aggressive fundraising operation, saw contributions tumble in the second half of 2017, a period in which scandals roiled its medical school. An internal accounting reviewed by The Times shows donations to the university were down nearly $100 million between July and December of last year compared with the same period…

Why Chris Long Donated His Entire 2017 Salary to Charity
February 6, 2018 at 12:33 pm

It turns out nice guys don't always finish last. Super Bowl champ Chris Long, defensive end for the Eagles donated his entire 2017 base salary, worth $1 million, to charity. Last spring, Long signed a two-year contract with the Eagles that included a $500,000 signing bonus, a $1 million base salary and a $1.5 million…

Syracuse University Announces ‘Historic’ $20M Donation for Veterans Complex Project
February 6, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Almost one-third of the total estimated cost of Syracuse University’s $62.5 million National Veterans Resource Complex project will be covered by a single donation. SU alumnus Daniel D’Aniello and his wife, Gayle, have donated $20 million to the complex, the university announced Monday morning. D’Aniello is a life trustee of the university. He graduated from…

Why You Need It: 8 Reasons Why the CFRE Makes a Difference in Fundraising
February 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm

I started my fundraising career almost 25 years ago. Like most people during those days, I learned on the job. It was something that I “chose” to be or to do. It was a necessity to keep the organization operating. Back in those days, one did not have access to such detailed and informative training. In fact, we didn’t even have databases; we still used index cards...

Investor Bill Miller Commits $75M to Johns Hopkins Philosophy Department
January 23, 2018 at 12:37 pm

Legendary investor William H. "Bill" Miller III has committed a record $75 million to the Johns Hopkins University Department of Philosophy to broaden and intensify faculty research, graduate student support and undergraduate study of philosophical thought. The gift is believed to be by far the largest ever to a university philosophy program. It is also…

Chan, Zuckerberg Philanthropy Taps UMass Amherst to Create AI Scientific Research Tool
January 19, 2018 at 12:40 pm

A philanthropy started by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan has awarded a $5.5 million grant to the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Center for Data Science to create a free tool that would make millions of published scientific and medical findings easily accessible to researchers worldwide. The project, called Computable Knowledge, would…

Jeff Bezos Donates $33M to Scholarship Fund for ‘Dreamers’
January 18, 2018 at 1:16 pm

Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, announced that he is donating $33 million to a scholarship fund for young “dreamers,” immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The donation from the world’s wealthiest person comes amid fresh pressure from business leaders as talks on Capitol Hill over how…

Graduate Education Is Your Catalyst for Career Growth
January 12, 2018 at 11:49 am

Each year, many young professionals contact me through a variety of ways. In late 2017, several contacted me through coffee sessions, job interviews, visits at special events, AFP lunches, CFRE interactions, contacts as a favor from a colleague, etc. These individuals are either in the nonprofit field or deciding whether to pursue a nonprofit career...

The Importance of a Caring Professor/Faculty Advisor
January 5, 2018 at 12:20 pm

On Christmas Eve 2017, I was driving on Interstate 64 near Charleston, West Va., when I passed the Dunbar exit. At that moment, I mentioned to my wife the impact of my former professor and how that individual affected me academically like no other in my life. She knew every time I would pass that exit, I would say the same thing. I told her I had recently sent a Christmas card like I always do to Dr. Jack Yeager. Dr. Yeager’s influence on me was profound...