Education

JHU Center for Health Security Receives $16M Grant from Open Philanthropy Project
February 13, 2017 at 9:49 am

The Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been awarded a three-year, $16 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project to support the center's work on strengthening health security and public health preparedness. The grant will focus on strengthening the understanding of and response to serious biological risks;…

Zuckerberg’s Nonprofit Invests $50M Into Researching Deadly Diseases
February 9, 2017 at 9:35 am

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, the nonprofit medical research organization launched by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his pediatrician wife, Priscilla Chan, has selected the first wave of applicants to receive funding for their research into deadly diseases. The organization announced Wednesday an initial investment of $50 million, which will support 47 researchers from the University…

World's Largest Student-Run Charity Helps Kids With Cancer
February 1, 2017 at 9:41 am

It’s winter in State College, Pa. For thousands of Penn State students, alumni everywhere and hundreds of families of pediatric cancer patients, that means one thing. THON—what’s short for a very long dance marathon—will soon begin. This year’s event is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 through 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19.…

Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Donates $6M to OSU to Endow Chairs in Art History, Studio Art
January 31, 2017 at 10:27 am

The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation of New York, named for the world-famous pop artist and Ohio State University alumnus, announced it has established two $3 million endowments at OSU to support endowed chairs in art history and studio art. Dorothy Lichtenstein, the artist's widow, said in a statement released by OSU that, "For a number of…

Former University Professor Accused of Selling Grades for Charity Donations
January 18, 2017 at 8:41 am

A former University of Central Florida professor is accused of selling grades to students for charity donations. But Dr. Kenneth Vehec said it was a misunderstanding. “That is so abhorrent to me. I can't believe someone would actually think that. I've been teaching out there for 14 years,” said Vehec. The university said the adjunct…

Et Tu, Harvard? For-Profit Colleges Aren't Only Ones With Predatory Programs
January 17, 2017 at 11:38 am

For the past eight years, the Obama administration has waged a battle against predatory for-profit colleges. On Monday, the Department of Education released a final salvo—a list of hundreds of college programs that load students with more debt than they can afford to repay. The failing-program list included ITT Tech, which filed for bankruptcy under…

Stanford Stopped Telefundraising But That Doesn't Mean You Should, Too
October 13, 2016 at 9:19 am

Stanford University has shut down its annual fund telephone fundraising program. You can visit the university’s official web page announcing the decision by clicking here. It’s all over the blog-a-sphere. It’s made headlines in publications for the nonprofit sector. For example, here’s a headline from The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Stanford Hangs Up on Telemarketing—Will Others…

Is Giving to a Rich University Really a 'Moral Injustice'?
September 27, 2016 at 11:08 am

Every movement needs a spokesperson, and the school of "effective altruism," which argues that the most meaningful metric for weighing the value of a philanthropic gift is "lives saved per dollar" is no exception. We see this argument played out frequently in the arts world, where effective altruists will ask, "How many lives does the…

People Are Pissed at University of New Hampshire for Spending $1M of Librarian's Bequest on Scoreboard
September 16, 2016 at 11:26 am

When Robert Morin, a University of New Hampshire alumnus who worked for nearly 50 years in the school's library, died in 2015, he left his entire $4 million estate to the university. The university school said it'd spend $100,00 on the library, $2.5 million on renovations to the student center and $1 million on a scoreboard for its new $25 million football stadium. That last bit has people very angry...

Death to the Phonathon?
September 16, 2016 at 9:41 am

Earlier this week, Stanford University sent ripples though the fundraising community. Except this time it wasn't for a multimillion dollar gift announcement, it was to declare the end of its phonathon program. It sent communications to its alumni and friends that were clever and witty, grasping what many of our donors already feel about fundraising…