Strategy: With decades of experience running successful charitable giving operations, our team educates donors on how best to protect their donor intent and advance their vision for higher education through an effective giving strategy.

Grantmaking: The Roundtable educates donors on how to structure charitable investments that will achieve their goals. Whether you care about campus free speech, academic freedom or the value of merit and opportunity for all, our team excels at vetting high-quality grantees.

Convenings: We bring together our nation’s top philanthropists, academic leaders and reformers to share ideas, strategize and support results-oriented organizations working to restore academic excellence and reestablish American values within higher education.

Top Ten Tips for Higher Education Funders

A growing chorus of alumni donors are expressing dismay at the state of their universities. How can higher education funders make impactful gifts that align with their values? This paper highlights our top ten tips for giving to higher ed at a time when many institutions have lost their way.

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Donor Intent: Giving to Higher Education

  • Donor Intent Watch: How Donor Satisfaction is an Issue for Large and Small Donors Alike

  • Donor Intent Watch: Higher Education Donors React to Campus Responses to Israel-Hamas War

  • Donor Intent Watch: Courts Rule on Arts and Education Controversies

  • Donor Intent Watch: Controversies Around the Country

  • Donor Intent Watch: Need-to-Know Legislation and Litigation

  • Donor Intent Watch: Higher Education Update 

News and Analysis

    • December 8, 2023

    Alumni Respond to University Leaders for Failing to Condemn Antisemitism

    • November 3, 2023

    How Donors Can Fight Rising Antisemitism on College Campuses

    • October 3, 2023

    Will the “Apprenticeship Degree” Come to America? 

    • August 17, 2023

    The University of Austin’s Commitment to Freedom of Inquiry and Viewpoint Diversity

    • May 26, 2023

    Agency and Purpose: The Antidote to a “Culture of Distrust” for Gen Z

    • May 19, 2023

    A Donor Intent Controversy at Middlebury College

    • February 16, 2023

    Philanthropic Responses to the Closing of the American Mind

    • September 28, 2022

    Forgiving and Forgetting: How Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Can Remind Us of the Value of the Philanthropic Sector

    • September 7, 2022

    Escaping the Desert of Higher Education Philanthropy

    • February 15, 2022

    Ralston College and the Future of Higher Education

    • January 25, 2022

    What Ever Happened to U.S. History 101?

    • December 23, 2021

    Seven Stories of Donor Intent Violations in Higher Education Giving

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