Higher Education Donor Services

Philanthropy Roundtable’s Programs and Services team provides a one-stop shop that helps donors navigate the complexity of higher ed giving. Our network of business and philanthropic leaders partners with the best and brightest in the field to develop high-impact giving strategies to address the root causes of our higher education crisis. 

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 Watch: What to Know About Giving to Higher Education

Each month, the Roundtable’s philanthropic advisor Joanne Florino surveys the higher ed and charitable giving landscape to educate donors on best practices for protecting donor intent.

  • Donor Intent Watch: How Donor Neglect Can Undermine Donor Intent

  • Donor Intent Watch: Cash-Strapped University Asking Court to Lift Donor Restrictions on Funds 

  • Donor Intent Watch: How Much Power do Higher Education Donors Have?

  • 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

News and Analysis

    • March 28, 2024

    Analyzing the Latest Data on the Decline in Giving to Higher Education 

    by Joanne Florino
    • March 14, 2024

    Christie Herrera in New York Post: How Donors Can Shake Up Higher Ed 

    by Philanthropy Roundtable
    • December 8, 2023

    Alumni Respond to University Leaders for Failing to Condemn Antisemitism

    by Philanthropy Roundtable
    • November 3, 2023

    How Donors Can Fight Rising Antisemitism on College Campuses

    by Patrice Onwuka
    • October 3, 2023

    Will the “Apprenticeship Degree” Come to America? 

    by Joe E. Ross
    • August 17, 2023

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

    by Cameron Gambini
    • May 26, 2023

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

    by Erica Haines
    • May 19, 2023

    A Donor Intent Controversy at Middlebury College

    by Philanthropy Roundtable
    • February 16, 2023

    Philanthropic Responses to the Closing of the American Mind

    by Tom McArdle
    • September 28, 2022

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

    by Erica Haines, Joanne Florino
    • September 7, 2022

    Escaping the Desert of Higher Education Philanthropy

    by Joanne Florino
    • February 15, 2022

    Ralston College and the Future of Higher Education

    by Erica Haines

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