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Cold Truth: Higher Ed's Financial Model is Unsustainable

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 02.06.2017 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Last week, the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and Commonfund released their report on the endowment perform...

Congress & the Myth of Big College Endowments

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 09.12.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

On September 13, a House Ways & Means Subcommittee will hold a hearing to review tax-exempt college and university endowments. According to Janet Lori...

A Critical Juncture in Capital Markets History

Clara Miller | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
Clara Miller

Recent SEC move could allow for transformative embedding of sustainability information in capital markets. The CEOs of many of the country's leading ...

Investments Pave the Way to Social and Environmental Solutions

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 03.29.2016 | Education
Robert E. Johnson

When the trustees of Becker College mandated that all investments in the school's endowment should generate a positive impact on society and the envir...

The Coming Battle Over College Endowments

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 03.15.2017 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Jan Murphy, the Capitol Bureau Chief for Pennlive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, wrote a thoughtful piece late last month on how colleges with billion dollar endowments were now "sitting in congressional crosshairs."

The Hard Truth about College Endowments and Fundraising

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 02.01.2017 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Two interesting reports surfaced this week that shed more light on the state of American higher education.

Keep Your Alumni Engaged: Create a VC Fund for Them!

Josh Cline | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Josh Cline

How can colleges increase engagement among graduates in such a tough financial environment? Obviously, ending tuition and paying off the student loans of all alumni is probably not feasible. One answer is to create or connect with investment funds such.

Against Divestment -- Why Walking Away Won't Make a Difference

Nell Minow | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Nell Minow

Submit shareholder proposals. Nominate new directors. Attend annual meetings to ask questions of the executives and board members. But do not sell the stock that gives you the right to engage on the issues you care about with the people who can make a difference.

'They Came to Jeer, But Remained to Whitewash'

Cindy Lovell | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Cindy Lovell

When was the last time you reenacted a scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? More to the point, when was the last time you whitewashed a fence -- or, better yet -- paid for the privilege?

Divest or Double Down?

Terry Tamminen | Posted 08.30.2014 | Green
Terry Tamminen

I witnessed pomp and circumstance at prep schools from Orlando to the Napa Valley and at colleges from Los Angeles to the Ivy League. The surprising topic at all of these cap-and-gown fests? Endowments divesting their holdings in fossil fuel companies.

These Are The Colleges With The Faster Internet Speeds

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 06.27.2014 | College

Turns out that money doesn't buy everything, or at least not Internet speed. Colleges and universities with the biggest endowments do not have the...

Likely vs. Able

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The fact that people once came to a gala, made a modest contribution or attended a performance -- and happen to have a great deal of discretionary funds -- does not make them strong prospects for a capital campaign.

Social Security for the Life-Cycle

Alan A. Aja | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Alan A. Aja

While we applaud Senator Warren and Paul Krugman for their unequivocal stance not to cut but to expand the benefits of social security, we believe we can be much bolder., Student Activism and the End of Reason

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 05.15.2013 | Green
G. Benjamin Bingham

There were many reasons I took a leave of absence from Yale in 1970 after the National Guard lined the streets looking like aliens with their gas mask...

Rich Colleges, Poor Professors

Jane White | Posted 07.14.2013 | College
Jane White

Melissa Bruninga-Mattaeu is a single mother who relies on food stamps and Medicaid to survive. Her take-home pay is $900 a month, of which $750 goes to rent and $40 goes to gas. Where does she work? She's a PhD who teaches humanities courses at a state college in Arizona.

And the Winner Is... Competition Through Cooperation in Higher Education

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 05.12.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Within higher education, technology has introduced an entirely new level of competition whose outcomes are not yet fully understood.

Leadership Needed To Protect Charitable Deduction

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 04.12.2013 | Impact
Eva M. Clayton

Recent actions in Washington and within our court system show that our charities are on the brink. Without leadership or public outcry there will continue to be slow creep at existing law and legal precedent. At present, this erosion of our legal and social contracts has manifested itself in two ways.

Where's The Money? The Rising Alarm Among U.S. Colleges

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.04.2013 | College

A new survey released Friday made clear that declining support from state legislatures and slow growth in endowments means colleges and universities w...

Taking Endowment Earnings: How Much Is Too Much?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.06.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While reading the financial reports of numerous arts organizations recently, I have been alarmed at how many of them are taking large percentages of their endowment as income each year.

Minding the Gap With Richard Soghoian

Christopher Atamian | Posted 03.25.2013 | Education
Christopher Atamian

I just finished a fascinating book written by Richard Soghoian called Mind the Gap. Soghoian is the highly respected Headmaster at CGPS, an institution which he more or less single-handedly pulled out of near receivership and returned to its former glory.

College Endowments Come To A Screeching Halt

Reuters | Posted 12.25.2012 | College

By Manuela Badawy NEW YORK, Oct 25 (Reuters) - U.S. college and university endowments returned an average loss of 0.3 percent for fisc...

Missing the Point on College Endowment Returns

Dan Apfel | Posted 05.15.2012 | Education
Dan Apfel

We need more articles to analyze whether growing endowments yield better educational results. College endowments are simply not hedge funds where the only thing that matters is quarterly or annual returns.

Endowments Are Not Safety Valves

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.22.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The notion that an endowment is an insurance policy is simply not appropriate. Boards can create designated funds that serve as safety valves, but this is not the same as endowment that is meant to be a permanent source of funding.

Beautiful Dreamers

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.23.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As I travel the nation and the world speaking to arts leaders, there is one phenomenon I observe virtually everywhere: arts organizations consistently grow to the point where they are slightly uncomfortable financially.

The Endowment Conundrum

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I certainly would rather have an endowment than not have one. Endowments do not necessarily create fiscal stability. As we observed in this recession, one cannot depend on endowment earnings.