November 22, 2011
Philanthropy to CUNY colleges is making headlines. We are pleased to introduce as a new feature in our newsletter a roundup of media coverage of gifts to CUNY. Please send us links to any of your college’s gifts in the news to be sure they are included.
To learn more about donors to CUNY and gifts made to the CUNY colleges, click on the following links:
Expanding Higher Ed: Gillian Small – Crain’s New York Business, Oct. 9, 2011
Expanding Higher Ed: Carlos Flynn – Crain’s New York Business, Oct. 9, 2011
Hunter College’s School of Social Work to Open in East Harlem, Sept. 26, 2011
Gift to Hunter Continues Legacy of Italian School – WSJ.com, Aug. 9, 2011, to read about donor Fiona Lally and The Caravan Institute
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Supports CUNY’s Decade of Science; $1M Grant will support early-career scientists, Aug. 1, 2011
Queens College Receives Three Major Gifts, July 18, 2011
Funds Available to Help with Student Emergencies, Feb. 28, 2011
Joseph H. Flom, M&A Pioneer and Philanthropist, dies at 87 Feb. 23, 2011
College launches contest for entrepreneurs – Crain’s New York Business, Nov. 11, 2010, to read about CCNY alumnus Harvey Kaylie
November 22, 2011
For the third consecutive year, CUNY will acknowledge the generosity of its donors with the Celebrating Our Partners reception. Chancellor Matthew Goldstein will host the event at the Prince George Ballroom on Jan. 25, 2012, to recognize donors whose philanthropic contributions have made an impact on the University and its colleges. In past years, CUNY has hosted similar events at the 21 Club to honor institutional donors to the community colleges and at the Ailey Studios to honor our corporate and foundation donors.
This year we will honor institutional donors as well as members of foundation boards from the CUNY colleges. A formal invitation and event details will be sent in December. Mark your calendars; we look forward to another exciting event.
November 22, 2011
Nov. 8 Fundraising Academy Day 1
Nov. 10 Fundraising Academy Day 2
Nov. 11 Invest In CUNY News # 1
Nov. 15 Fundraising Academy Day 3
Nov. 15 Financial Management Conference
Nov. 16 Endowment Council Meeting #2
Dec. 2 Fundraising Academy for Deans
Dec. 7 & 8 Advancement Executives Meeting #2
Jan. 6 CAE Reports Due
Jan. 25 “CUNY Salute To Partners” Reception
Feb. 2 Alumni Relations Council Meeting #2
March 8 Endowment Council Meeting #3
March 14 Advancement Executives Meeting #3
April 30 CUNY Philanthropy Forum
Invest In CUNY News # 2
May 3 Endowment Council Meeting #4
May 10 Alumni Relations Council Meeting #3
May 23 Fundraising Academy
To be scheduled “LIers for CUNY” Reception
June 11 Invest In CUNY News # 3
June 13 Advancement Executives Meeting #4
July 6 CAE Reports Due
April 13, 2011
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the first-ever CUNY PHILANTHROPY FORUM – ACCEPTING THE CHALLENGE.
This event has been specially designed to help us reflect on the recent fundraising success at the colleges of CUNY and prepare to accept the challenge of establishing a true culture of philanthropy for the future.
Chancellor Matthew Goldstein in 2004 asked the presidents of the colleges to look beyond government funding to meet our budget needs. The Chancellor and our Board of Trustee Chairperson, Benno Schmidt envisioned a university that would look towards our alumni, our NYC institutional supporters, our many friends at the colleges and around the city – as well as our elected officials – and offer them an opportunity to invest in CUNY and transform the colleges of CUNY into an ever growing resource for the students and the city we serve.
The campaign launched in 2004 “INVEST IN CUNY, INVEST IN NEW YORK” has been a great success and I congratulate all of you on your efforts. In preparing for this event we have taken a close look at the last ten years of fundraising at CUNY. I would like to review some key findings:
- First, fundraising has been a greater success than anyone thought possible. We have raised more than $1.8 billion and we are doing so at a rate of over $200 million per year.
- Second, comprehensive campaigns conducted on each college campus are proving successful in increasing the rate of fundraising. The 7 colleges in a declared campaign actually grew their annual fundraising by 13 times!
- Third, our alumni have been our most loyal and generous supporters. More than 80% of all the philanthropy we have received in the past ten years comes from our alumni.
- Fourth, our capacity for continued growth is undeniable. On an annual basis, we reach only about 20% of our more than 1.3 million alumni!
Finally, I leave each of you with a challenge and ask that you use today’s presentations and workshops to assist in developing the answers to this challenge – how can we raise in the next four years an additional $1 billion in support of our colleges?
I believe the answers will include new efforts at reaching our alumni, increased dedication to the principles of comprehensive campaigns, new collaborative approaches to our corporate and foundation supporters, renewed partnerships with our college volunteers and the foundations they work on and an awareness that we must increase the staff and financial resources we dedicate to effective fundraising.
Thank you and enjoy the day.
April 13, 2011
The New Community College, approved by the Board of Trustees on February 28th, will open its doors to 500 new CUNY community college students in July 2012 – the University’s first new community college to open in New York City in over four decades.
The college, which will initially be located at 50 West 40th Street overlooking Bryant Park, will grow to serve 3,000 students once it moves to its permanent location at 59th Street and 9th Avenue, an important step to address surging enrollment at CUNY’s community colleges. Chancellor Goldstein initiated the push to create a new community college in 2008 not only to accommodate the growing population of community college students, but also to develop a new and imaginative model of education that would increase retention and graduation rates and could be replicated system-wide and beyond.
The new college is headed by Founding President Scott E. Evenbeck, formerly a psychology professor and dean of University College at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. The distinctive features of the program include a summer bridge program; full-time enrollment for the first year; a common first-year curriculum that provides twice the normal time for math; a professional studies component with worksite experience; and majors in fields with positive employment forecasts and pathways toward bachelor’s degrees.
The New Community College is benefitting from the new focus on bolstering community college success by the Gates Foundation and other leading philanthropists. The Gates Foundation, which has announced a major commitment to funding programs designed to help raise community college completion rates, has made two grants to the new community college for planning, totaling close to $1.1 million. The Carnegie Corporation has provided $300,000 in support. Fund-raising for the new community college has been conducted by members of the planning team, who have led the two-year effort to create the school.
April 13, 2011
In addition to the first gifts for the Chancellor’s Faculty Fund, recent highlights include
- $3M from CCNY alumnus Harvey Kaylie to launch the Kaylie Prize for Entrepreneurship at the Grove School of Engineering at City College.
- $2.5M from Murray Koppelman to Brooklyn College to purchase a commercial property adjacent to the College for a future school of business.
- $1.6 bequest to the Copland School of Music at Queens College for scholarships.
- $1M for the Hunter College Library Information Commons from Richard Gilder.
$675,000 three-year renewal grant from the Horace Goldsmith Foundation to the Macaulay Honors College to support the Horace W. Goldsmith scholars program whose mission is to identify, inspire and support high-achieving CUNY students.
April 13, 2011
The CUNY Philanthropy Forum brings together for the first time advancement and alumni leaders and professionals from all 24 CUNY colleges. Joined by University and college leaders, the all-day conference at the CUNY Graduate Center will combine professional development and celebration of the myriad accomplishments of the participants in building a culture of philanthropy and progressing toward the University’s $3 billion Campaign goal.
The all-day event on April 21st will kick off with a welcome from Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and a panel discussion with leading CUNY philanthropists including Mark Kupferberg, Emily Tow, Larry Zicklin and Sy Sternberg who will discuss their relationship with CUNY colleges and provide perspectives on philanthropy today and how CUNY colleges can continue to build their fundraising success. The conference will also feature a keynote conversation between Jack Rosenthal, Senior Fellow at The Atlantic Philanthropies and former president of the New York Times Company Foundation, and CUNY Board Chair Benno Schmidt.
Morning and afternoon workshops will address a variety of topics and feature presentations by fundraising experts from within and outside the CUNY community, as well as a panel of grantmakers from local foundations that have provided support to CUNY colleges. The event is presented by the Invest in CUNY Campaign Office in collaboration with CCS Fundraising and the School of Professional Studies.
April 13, 2011
The transformative effect of student scholarships is a well known fact of higher education. At CUNY, this is perhaps nowhere more clearly demonstrated than at the CUNY Baccalaureate program, more commonly known as “CUNY BA.” As part of the celebration of its 40th anniversary this year, CUNY BA is highlighting the role of its private benefactors in supporting scholarships and nurturing student success.
Over the past decade and a half, CUNY BA has raised scholarship support for over 800 students. Thomas W. Smith, managing partner of Prescott Investors, established an academic fellowship program in 1994 and has since donated over $ 3 million to support over 600 students. Other major donors have included Richard and Mary Beth Ketchum, who provide scholarships for students studying education or human services and for studying abroad and Diego Hidalgo, an international diplomat, has provided scholarships for students in Political Science/International Affairs and the Arts. CUNY BA has also received grants from the Diamond, Ford and International Study Abroad Foundations among others.
In the late 1960s, a group of faculty and students suggested that CUNY should allow individual faculty and students to define programs of study, with access to courses across campuses and in February, 1971, the NYS Board of Higher Education authorized a University-wide Bachelor of Arts Degree, to be based at the Graduate Center. First known as the CUNY Baccalaureate Program and renamed in 2008 CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, the degree is still commonly called “CUNY BA.”
Mentoring is CUNY BA’s cornerstone. In any given semester, more than 400 full-time professors work with students as they build their individualized degrees. CUNY BA students are regularly recipients of major national and CUNY awards. There are almost 7,000 graduates, a majority of whom have gone on to graduate education and work in careers related to their self-designed studies. The program’s success was recently recognized by the program’s 2010 Middle States Association reaccreditation process, which called CUNY BA “The gem of the University.”