Foundations investing in online courses at community colleges
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and four nonprofit education groups are launching an effort to speed up the development and use of online learning tools, with the Gates Foundation initially giving $20 million for postsecondary online courses, mainly geared for community colleges and low-income young people, The New York Times reported Oct. 10 (see higher-education story).
Ohio funds university partnerships with nonprofits
State money in Ohio earmarked for public universities and colleges is providing students greater access to practical learning and creating partnerships between the institutions and nonprofits, with the state passing capital-improvement funds through specific schools to nonprofits, requiring the partners in return to form agreements that benefit the colleges, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reported Oct. 11 (see education funding story).
Tax code lets political nonprofits keep donors anonymous
Set up under a provision of the tax code that lets donors stay anonymous, dozens of nonprofits with lots of cash from unidentified sources are spending it at an unprecedented rate, mainly for Republicans, The New York Times reported Oct. 11 (see donor secrecy story).
IUPUI kicks off $1.25 billion campaign
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis kicked off the public phase of a campaign to raise $1.25 billion by summer 2013, an effort that has raised $860 million in a quiet phase that began July 1, 2006, The Indianapolis Star reported Oct. 19 (see Indiana fundraising campaign story).