Trinity Secured Over €73 million in Promised Philanthropic Donations in 2015/16

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity secured over €73 million in pledged donations in 2015/16, a rise of over €20 million from the previous year, as College continues to focus on developing a network of alumni amid an ongoing higher education funding crisis …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 3 March]

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Ireland has billion reasons to thank Chuck Feeney’s gift of philanthropy

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“It’s the season to celebrate the spirit of giving. MRI scans of the brain show that the ‘joy of giving’ has a real biological basis: in a Harvard study linking charitable giving and happiness, researchers found that when we give, two parts of the brain connected to our dopamine reward circuitry — also stimulated by eating, orgasm, and the sight of our romantic partners — show activity …” (more)

[Ellie O’Byrne, Irish Examiner, 21 December]

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Trinity in line for parting gift from Chuck Feeney

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Irish-American philanthropist Chuck Feeney is planning a major investment in Trinity College Dublin in one of a series of parting gifts before his charitable operations wind down, The Irish Times has learnt …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 18 September]

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What Chuck Feeney’s fistful of dollars did for education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“By 2016 philanthropist Chuck Feeney will have given €1.5 billion to education projects in Ireland. A weighty new photographic book illustrates his generosity here and abroad …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Donations to the University of Limerick up to €13.5m

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Gifts and donations to the University of Limerick Foundation increased by 90%, rising to €13.5m in 2014. The latest accounts filed for the company, which has raised in excess of €200m in philanthropic funding to support the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 30 June]

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Generous benefactor of Irish education

Posted in Life on March 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Donald Keough, who has died aged 87 in Atlanta, Georgia, was a notable exemplar of the rags-to-riches Irish-American story who became, in the late 20th and early 21st century, a household name in the twin fields of business and philanthropy … ” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 March]

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Education preview: What’s in store for 2015?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 16th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Deeper Sino-Irish relations, an increased emphasis on philanthropy and a teachers’ pay claim are among our predictions for the new year …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 1 December]

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Who Gets to Name What?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The news may be well in the past, especially by the standards of university life, but the recent opening of Kinsella Hall is worth bringing back into public discussion. For a seemingly minor event, its significance for the future of Trinity has been vastly underestimated …” (more)

[Daniel O’Brien, University Times, 3 November]

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RCSI target ‘tens of millions euro’ in charity

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s premier surgical training body is looking to philanthropy on an international scale to play a more significant and sustained role in the life and work of the College and has committed to significant investment in the creation of a development function …” (more)

[Lloyd Mudiwa, Irish Medical Times, 17 October]

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Universities resort to cold calling ex-students to raise funds

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2014 by steve

“Universities targeted more than nine million of their former students with cold calls and spam emails over the past year as they increasingly adopt US-style tactics to raise funds …” (more)

[Paul Gallagher, Independent, 27 July]

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Colleges need to become ‘more commercial’ to balance books

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2014 by steve

“Third-level institutions need to adopt a ‘more commercial approach’ if they are to survive, according to a major review of the financial health of higher education. The study by consultants Grant Thornton argues for the outsourcing of ‘non-core’ campus functions and a more aggressive policy of seeking donations from alumni …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 April]

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Irish universities look to graduates for funds as Atlantic goes west

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2014 by steve

“Last year University of Limerick expressed its gratitude to the billionaire philanthropist Chuck Feeney, who helped to build the campus, the sports arena, the library, student and staff accommodation, professorships, scholarships and research laboratories …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Education: Giving philanthropy the name it deserves

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2014 by steve

“… In its wisdom, The Irish Times thought: ‘How hard can it be to get a building named after yourself or your family on a college campus?’ ‘It’s not a click-and-buy situation’, one university spokesperson replied coolly …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 25 February]


UK may offer visas to foreign benefactors of universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2014 by steve

“Visas for overseas millionaires will be auctioned to the highest bidders or ‘sold’ in exchange for donations to hospitals and universities, under proposals by the UK Government’s official migration advisers …” (more)

[Universities News, 14 January]

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Giving to universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2013 by steve

“In difficult economic conditions, attention inevitably turns to potential alternative sources of income for universities such as philanthropy. But philanthropic income will never be a panacea …” (more)

[Tom Bailey, wonkhe, 2 September]

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Is US-style philanthropy really the best option?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2013 by steve

“Last week the Government launched its campaign to encourage philanthropy. One Percent Difference seems to be a broad church, aimed at everything from the pennies of the poor to the fortunes of the elite …” (more)

[John McManus, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Centuries of benefactors honoured at Trinity dining hall

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2013 by steve

“Beneath the ceiling of Trinity College Dublin’s grand dining hall the names have been embossed of some 400 years of benefactors ranging from 16th century monarchs Queen Elizabeth I and James I to modern-day philanthropists Michael Smurfit and Chuck Feeney’s Atlantic Philanthropies …” (more)

[Genevieve Carbery, Irish Times, 20 June]

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Tapping alumni for cash can help solve funding crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2013 by steve

“How Ireland’s universities are funded is a source of tension, conflict and debate. Both the State and the universities are seeking the return of tuition fees …” (more)

[Dennis O’Connor, Irish Times, 23 April]

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Academia is right to be wary of philanthropy – but it’s not all bad

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2012 by steve

“In the week of a new review on higher education philanthropy, Martin Eve weighs up the arguments for and against, finding that some efforts act as correctives to a neo-liberal agenda …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 10 September]


Without Feeney, we’ll have to stand on our own feet

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2012 by steve

“If Ireland was a woman, she would be a bit like Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire. As a nation, we too have ‘always depended on the kindness of strangers’. Not that Chuck Feeney is in any way a stranger …” (more)

[Eilis O’Hanlon, Independent, 15 July]

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