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Donor Intent

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Give like Beyoncé—Or Better!

May 19, 2017 by Christine Ravold |

Beyoncé’s recently announced Formation Scholars program signals a new trend in philanthropy. Instead of just writing a check to a university, Queen Bey targeted specific universities and subjects and...

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Plaintiff in Johns Hopkins lawsuit defends ACTA—and donor intent

November 15, 2013 by ACTA |

ACTA has long advocated for adherence to donor intent.  And on October 17, the Baltimore Sun ran ACTA’s article on the topic, entitled “Will Hopkins respect its donor’s wish?” regarding a lawsuit...

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ACTA Speaks Up for Donor Intent

October 16, 2013 by ACTA |

ACTA's president, Anne Neal, recently took to the pages on the Baltimore Sun to speak up for donor intent.

It seems that while Johns Hopkins Univesity respects the wishes of big-time donors like New...

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ACTA’s Intelligent Donor’s Guide to College Giving Featured in Magazine

July 26, 2011 by Daniel Burnett |

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni's Intelligent Donor's Guide to College Giving was featured in Philanthropy magazine's summer edition this month. The guide was chosen as one of three books to...

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Excerpts from the Intelligent Donor’s Guide

July 13, 2011 by Max Brindle |

Hungry for more ACTA blog content? Head over to Philanthropy Daily where Anne Neal is excerpting from the second edition of ACTA's Intelligent Donor's Guide to College Giving. The latest post: how to...

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The College Administration Pathology

June 10, 2011 by Max Brindle |

Todd Zywicki, about whom ACTA has written in the past, writes about similar cost concerns to those of David Rubenstein. Inside Higher Ed reports that Dartmouth College is redirecting funds from faculty...

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Intelligent Donor’s Guide

May 27, 2011 by Michael Pomeranz |

Over at Philanthropy Daily, Anne Neal is excerpting from the revised edition of the Intelligent Donor's Guide. Read how to ensure, in the words of investor and philanthropist Stephen Friess, "that...

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Huzzah for Mr. Hertog, an Intelligent Donor Indeed

May 19, 2008 by Charles Mitchell |

Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal published an interview of philanthropist Roger Hertog—who gives substantially to higher education. Like ACTA, he wishes to bring about greater intellectual...

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Vanderbilt Concedes Defeat

July 13, 2005 by ACTA |

In May, a Tennessee court ruled that Vanderbilt University does not have the right to remove the word "confederate" from a dormitory that has carried the name "Confederate Memorial Hall" since it was...

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What’s in a Name?

May 5, 2005 by ACTA |

At Vanderbilt University, the dorm that bears the name "Confederate Memorial Hall" has an unusual and controversial history. Built nearly seventy years ago, it was originally part of the George Peabody...

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