Opportunity Knocks

Donor-advised funds offer universities a pot of gold

A particular anonymous couple, both Cornell University alumni, could be considered the proverbial advancement officer’s dream. They met in high school, attended college on scholarship, embarked on successful careers after graduation, and raised three children—all of whom attended their alma mater. Recently retired, they’ve now decided it is payback time.

They have joined other alumni, some fraternity and sorority groups, and a state grape growers association in choosing to channel their philanthropy through a donor-advised fund (DAF) account administered by Cornell.

Judy Woodruff Joins Duke Endowment Board

Judy Woodruff, formerly a student, visiting professor and member of the Board of Trustees at Duke, has been elected a trustee of the Charlotte-based Duke Endowment. She has worked at CNN, NBC News and PBS—where she is currently the co-anchor and senior correspondent.

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U of Calif Drops Controversial New Logo

The University of California, responding to criticism from alumni and students, will suspend further use of the logo and continue using the century-old seal.

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WMU Plans To Renovate, Raze Historic Buildings Bittersweet To East Campus Supporters

News of Western Michigan University’s plans to demolish West and North halls, the Speech and Hearing Center and possibly wings of East Hall was disappointing for Thomas Coyne, a former alumni relations director at WMU and member of the Friends of Historic East Campus group.

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New UC Logo A No-Go With Students And Alumni

Officials are caught off guard as protesters take to social media to mock the new symbol, which was designed to reproduce more clearly online.

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U Of Miami Fundraiser Hits $1 Billion Mark

The University of Miami’s Momentum2 fundraising campaign continues to make healthy progress toward its $1.6 billion goal, as UM officials announced on Friday that the campaign has just surpassed the $1 billion mark.

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Louisiana College Launching $50 Million Capital Campaign

Louisiana College is embarking on a $50 million capital campaign, asking for $12 million from Louisiana Baptist Convention churches.

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More Community Colleges Embrace Fund-Raising, Reconnect With Alumni

The two-year schools are trying to follow a path long traveled by four-year universities, but face their own set of challenges, including the lack of big league sports or scientific research.

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