Philanthropy Archive

Without state or other tax support, private residential liberal arts colleges rely on donors to help offset the true cost of this outstanding higher education. Whether from individuals, corporations or foundations, those contributions are vital for private liberal arts colleges’ ability to keep their educational experience available to all who can benefit. Each college manages an endowment – generally built over the years by those who believe in supporting higher education in perpetuity — that helps support financial operations, much of it student aid.

Philanthropy is a practice that is fostered among our students as well, not just to support their alma mater, but to be good citizens of the world. Investing in causes one believes in – be it higher education or other worthy efforts – includes both participation and financial support.


Jarrett Kovics ’96 Finishes World’s Toughest Race to Raise Funds for Costa Rican Children’s Homes

“When I planted my foot, I never knew whether it would strike solid ground or sink through a deceptively crusty surface, assuring a nasty fall or a broken ankle. Despite its difficulty, the terrain was visibly spectacular,” writes Jarrett Kovics ’96 in his blog during a seven-day trek across the Atacama Desert in Chile.

Originally posted: April 13, 2013

Video: Team IMPACT Recruit Makes a Difference for Bowdoin Men’s B-Ball Team

The men’s basketball team is one of many teams at Bowdoin that has worked with the nonprofit Team IMPACT to recruit a young player with life-threatening illnesses. The basketball team’s newest member, Caleb Merrill, a basketball fan, helps motivate the team and gives them inspiration.

Originally posted: March 18, 2013

Hamilton Athletes Build Relationship With Local Special Olympians

Hamilton’s Athletics Department has been working on fostering a relationship with local Special Olympic athletes in conjunction with the NCAA Division III partnership with Special Olympics on a national level.

Originally posted: March 8, 2013

Building a brighter future

Building on Bucknell’s commitment to service-learning, Mary Xiao ’15 and Sean Xu ’15 will lead a 15-member delegation of students and faculty members to China in May 11-29, where they’ll visit Shanghai and the provinces of Jiangsu and Yunnan to research how they can offset educational inequalities.

Originally posted: February 23, 2013

Event Encourages Girls to Pursue STEM Fields

At least 200 high school girls are expected to attend the Women Engineers and Scientists of Tomorrow (WEST) Conference on Saturday, March 2 at Harvey Mudd College.

Originally posted: February 21, 2013

Colby Volunteers Aim High

Most Colby students arrive on campus with volunteer service already on their résumé, so the college’s recent recognition from the Peace Corps for producing civic-minded graduates comes as no big surprise.

Originally posted: February 21, 2013

DePauw Receives $31 Million, Including $20 Million for Need-Based Financial Aid Endowment

DePauw President Brian W. Casey announced today that the University has received a total of $31 million in gifts, including a $20 million contribution from Timothy H. and Sharon W. Ubben, both 1958 graduates of DePauw, to provide financial aid for DePauw students.

Originally posted: February 4, 2013

When winter break is nothing of the sort

Sometimes the most rewarding journeys are those you take for someone else.

Originally posted: February 1, 2013

College Innovators Supported by Roddenberry Foundation Gift

The impact of a recent $100,000 gift by alum Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry 92F’s Roddenberry Foundation has already been felt at Hampshire. But the main goal of that gift is to help students make an even bigger impact once they leave the College.

Originally posted: January 25, 2013

Mellon Foundation Awards $300,000 Grant to Illinois Wesleyan for Humanities Initiatives

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Illinois Wesleyan University a $300,000 grant to re-center the humanities, to reclaim its position at the core of the University’s liberal arts curriculum.

Originally posted: January 23, 2013

Dickinson Awarded $700,000 Grant for Digital-Humanities Initiatives

Dickinson College has been awarded a $700,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a series of new and sustained digital-humanities initiatives. The grant will be used to further infuse the liberal-arts curriculum with the latest digital technologies; conduct instructional workshops for students and faculty; and create a virtual studio to publish and showcase digital projects, among other initiatives.

Originally posted: January 14, 2013

A tradition of service

The Wheaton Women’s basketball team has earned a reputation for being as active in the community as they are on the court, engaging in service projects that range from food drives to coaching and mentoring the Heller’s Angels Special Olympics basketball team.

Originally posted: December 11, 2012

Leaders Mentor Students Interning at Nonprofits

Six students who served internships in the nonprofit sector gained additional insight into the inner workings of nonprofit organizations through the Leadership Development Speaker Series.

Originally posted: December 3, 2012

Alternative Breaks Engage Students in Service

Nine Alternative Break service experiences will engage Alma College students during the upcoming holiday and winter breaks, ranging from building and refurbishing homes, to interacting with border immigrants, to serving meals to the homeless.

Originally posted: November 30, 2012

Hamilton Athletes Take on Hunger

Members of the men’s lacrosse team spent the week after Thanksgiving volunteering in the Hamilton Against Hunger program. All of Hamilton’s athletic teams take turns collecting leftover food from the McEwen dining hall to donate to the Utica Rescue Mission.

Originally posted: November 29, 2012