Budget Plan Includes State Match For University Donations

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The governor’s billion-dollar budget package for the next two years in North Dakota comes wrapped with a special incentive for the state’s universities and colleges.

In the $12.8 billion budget proposal that Gov. Jack Dalrymple unveiled on Dec. 5, $30 million has been set aside for what the governor calls an “Education Challenge,” where the state would match major private donations, giving $1 of state money for every $2 raised.

“The one-for-two incentive is really a proven strategy for philanthropy around the country,” Dalrymple told the Editorial Board of the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead last week. “We think this is something that we should try.”

In the plan, $10 million would be set aside for North Dakota State University, $10 million for the UND, and the final $10 million would be reserved for the remaining universities and colleges across the state.

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