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.


$5 Million Gift Helps Launch Lawrence Film Studies Center

A game-changer for Lawrence University. President Jill Beck announced a $5 million gift from Lawrence graduates Tom and Julie Hurvis that will support the establishment of The Hurvis Center for Interdisciplinary Film Studies, a facility dedicated to the integration of film production into the Lawrence curriculum. The $5 million gift from the Hurvis Charitable Foundation […]

Originally posted: November 17, 2011

Greeks Make A Delta Difference

Last year, juniors Sara R. Drury and Lukas W. Meyer were looking for something to do during DePauw’s fall break. “Everybody goes home for fall break, but we thought that was kind of boring,” Meyer says. “We wanted to do something different.” Rather than head back to their Chicago-area homes, Drury and Meyer pooled money […]

Originally posted: November 17, 2011

Class of 1981 raises $540,000 to support funded internship program

One student helped the Keck Observatories collect data from a neighboring galaxy and realized astronomy is her passion. Another honed her communication skills at MTV Networks. A third delved into the art auction industry at Christie’s. The three are among 32 seniors whose transformative internships last summer were made possible by the Class of 1981. […]

Originally posted: November 16, 2011

Cardboard City Raises Awareness of Hunger and Homelessness

Colorado College sponsored a 12-hour Cardboard City from noon to midnight, Sunday, Nov. 13 to kick off Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.The event, aimed at increasing awareness of hunger and homelessness, featured numerous community members, including Steve Handen, founder of the Marian House Soup Kitchen. It also included live bluegrass music, several short film clips […]

Originally posted: November 16, 2011

Alternative Winter Break: An Invitation to “Change the World”

During Alternative Winter Break in New Orleans this past January, I learned to live life simply so that others may simply live. Our group of 23 Oglethorpe students and staff members traveled down to New Orleans for a week-long service trip. We built a house through Habitat for Humanity for a family who had lost […]

Originally posted: November 16, 2011

Washington & Jefferson College Community Comes Together to Help Those in Need in Japan

WASHINGTON, Pa. (Nov. 9, 2011)— The Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) community has donated more than $10,000 to a group of a dozen people left with little in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan in March. Professor of Sociology Edward Greb, Ph.D., who has led W&J student trips to Japan […]

Originally posted: November 9, 2011

Alumni Profile: National Yiddish Book Center’s Aaron Lansky 73F

Alumni Profile: Yiddish Book Center’s Aaron Lansky 73F   By Emily Lawson 11F   I met Aaron Lansky, the man who rescued millions of Yiddish books from extinction, in his beautiful library of an office at the Yiddish Book Center he founded. He exuded boyish ebullience and intellectual fervor that reminded me immediately of his […]

Originally posted: November 8, 2011

Professors awarded NSF grants for sleep and plasma research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded two Gettysburg College professors with grants totaling nearly half a million dollars. Physics Prof. Michael Strickland (pictured below) received a three-year grant in the amount of $141,000 for his proposal entitled “Dissipative Dynamics of the Quark Gluon Plasma.” The quark gluon plasma is an ultra hot state of […]

Originally posted: October 31, 2011

The Lillis Foundation Makes $8 Million Gift to Endow Scholarship Program

University of Puget Sound President Ronald R. Thomas announced today that Dr. Gwendolyn H. Lillis P’05 and Dr. Charles M. Lillis P’05 of Castle Rock, Colo., have made an $8 million gift to the university’s recently launched capital campaign. The gift, made through the Lillis Foundation, places the Lillis family among the $125 million campaign’s […]

Originally posted: October 29, 2011

Geology Professor Guy Hovis Receives $265,000 National Science Foundation Grant

Guy Hovis, John Markle Professor of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, has received a $265,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to purchase an x-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) unit to support ongoing research that has been funded by the NSF for more than 35 years. Hovis works on solution calorimetric research, which measures the heat […]

Originally posted: October 18, 2011

$500,000 in gifts for the Thomas Commons

Three gifts from Cornell College alumni totaling $500,000 will move the Thomas Commons renovation project closer to completion. The gifts, $375,000 from an anonymous member of the class of 1962, $100,000 from Lon Mishler ’69 and Carol Fair Mishler ’70, and $25,000 from Andrew Buchmeyer ’86 and Gretchen Liebenow Buchmeyer ’88, are all to help […]

Originally posted: October 17, 2011

Pomona College Receives $600,000 Grant and Launches Four-Year Arts Initiative

Last June, Pomona College received a $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of its “Elemental Arts Initiative,” a four-year project designed to enliven artistic and creative activity throughout the campus and to enhance arts programming. Each academic year, program-related activities will revolve around an elemental theme – water, earth, air and […]

Originally posted: October 7, 2011

Giving others the gift of education

As a student, Dean Weber ’60 was so grateful for the financial assistance he received from St. Olaf College’s endowment fund that he periodically told a few of his classmates he felt lucky and fortunate to be on the Hill. But it wasn’t enough for Weber just to be grateful. He wanted to ensure that […]

Originally posted: October 6, 2011

Campus Community Raises More Than $13,000 for Cancer Research

More than 300 students, faculty, and staff members from Holy Cross were among the 10,000 people who participated in the 13th annual UMass Medicine Cancer Walk on Sunday, Sept. 25. The College, which is a flagship sponsor of this fundraising event, raised more than $13,000! Over the years the walk has raised millions of dollars […]

Originally posted: October 5, 2011

Learning to Give

What would you do if you had $3,000 to give away? That was the challenge facing students in a new First-Year Seminar that was offered at Southwestern this year. The seminar, titled “Doing Good and Doing It Well: The Theory and Practice of Philanthropy,” was taught by Melissa Byrnes, a history professor with a particular […]

Originally posted: October 4, 2011