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College philanthropy hits new high

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-02-12 00:27

Charitable giving to U.S. colleges and universities hit a record high in 2013. A report out on Wednesday from the nonprofit Council for Aid to Education says donors gave $33.8 billion to higher education, the highest level since the survey began in 1957.

College giving has risen nine percent since 2012, with much of the growth driven by gifts to endowments, says Ann Kaplan, director of the annual survey.

“This type of gift is strongly affected by the stock market, as such gifts tend to be made either in the form of stock or from a platform of wealth that itself rises and falls with the value of stocks,” says Kaplan. “And all the major stock indexes increased by more than 15 percent over the course of the fiscal year we studied.”

While most schools reported at least some increase in giving, the biggest winners were the big names: Stanford, Harvard, the University of Southern California, Columbia. All raised several hundred million dollars last year.

Support for higher education by the very rich “has come roaring back,” according to a recent report from consulting firm Marts & Lundy. “Mega-gifts” of $50 million or more made a mega comeback in 2013, says chairman John Cash. And 2014 is off to a strong start, he says.

Gifts mostly go to top-tier private research institutions, Cash says. Mid-tier and public universities, he says, “have to struggle to achieve the kind of generosity from private philanthropists that the great established private research institutions receive on a regular basis.”

Cash says large donors want to change the world, and big research universities with medical schools and innovative science programs, can promise to do that.

VIDEO: Pacific castaway arrives home

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 00:22
A castaway from El Salvador - who says he spent more than a year adrift in the Pacific - has finally arrived home.

Pair bailed over baby dog maul death

BBC - Wed, 2014-02-12 00:01
A woman and her boyfriend are released on police bail after her baby girl was killed by a "pit bull terrier-type" dog in Lancashire.

Toyota to recall 1.9m Prius hybrids

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 23:34
Toyota is recalling 1.9 million of its top-selling Prius hybrid cars because of a software fault that may cause the vehicle to slow down suddenly.

China trade surplus jumps to $32bn

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 23:20
China's trade surplus jumped to $31.9bn (£19.4bn) in January, easing concerns the world's second-largest economy may be stuck in a slowdown.

2 Skiers Dead When Avalanche Hits 'Alps Of Oregon'

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-11 23:19

An avalanche in the Wallowa Mountains of eastern Oregon killed two backcountry skiers and seriously injured two others Tuesday, officials said. Four other skiers were not injured.

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State Dinner For French President Packed With A-Listers

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-11 23:09

Michelle and Barack Obama found just the right spot to seat a gent going stag to Tuesday's state dinner: They plopped French President Francois Hollande down right between them in a giant party tent. There's been much drama about his solo trip to the U.S. after a very public breakup from his first lady.

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Woman held over death of man on Skye

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 22:57
A woman is arrested in connection with the death of a man in the village of Breakish on the Isle of Skye at the weekend.

Aussie batsman Finch joins Yorkshire

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 22:25
Yorkshire sign Australia limited-overs opening batsman Aaron Finch to play in all forms of the game this summer.

Study finds NI drug deaths different

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 22:20
Drugs-related deaths in Northern Ireland are mostly linked to prescription drugs unlike other regions of the UK, a new study suggests.

Kennedy visits Okinawa amid protests

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 22:15
US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy is making her first visit to Okinawa island, amid ongoing protests against plans to relocate a US base.

GB pick Baines for two-man bobsleigh

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 21:59
John Baines will replace the injured Craig Pickering in Great Britain's two-man bobsleigh at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Pietersen bought by Delhi for IPL

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 21:51
The Delhi Daredevils pay £880,000 to re-sign discarded England batsman Kevin Pietersen for the 2014 Indian Premier League.

PM's flood pledge and Temple mourned

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 21:42
David Cameron's pledge that money will be no object to recover from flooding, Barclays bonuses and the death of Shirley Temple all appear in Wednesday's papers.

Experts to sequence Richard III DNA

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 21:39
The sequencing of Richard III's DNA will reveal more details about the health and ancestry of the last English king to die in battle, researchers say.

Police whistleblower to keep job

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 20:53
A police whistleblower who was facing gross misconduct proceedings after he raised concerns about the Metropolitan Police will not be sacked.

Wire Fox Terrier Wins Best In Show At Westminster

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-11 20:36

It was the 14th time a wire fox terrier won best in show, more than any other breed since the Westminster show began in 1877.

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'Lack of clarity' over NHS savings

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 20:07
There is a lack of clarity about what the money saved in the NHS in England in recent years has been spent on, say MPs.

Rise in deaths from 'legal highs'

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 19:41
There has been a jump in the number of UK deaths linked to so-called "legal highs".

VIDEO: Obama toasts President Hollande

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-11 19:40
French President Francois Hollande is honoured at a lavish White House state dinner, capping a US visit aimed at renewing the partnership between the two long-standing allies

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