What Happened to Your Alma Mater?

Is your college no longer the place you remember? Has it failed to protect free speech? Has it abandoned rigorous general education requirements? Alumni know the value of academic excellence and academic freedom—and they care about their colleges and universities. They give several billion dollars each year to their alma maters and are the largest private source of support for higher education. But writing blank checks year-after-year only enables the status quo. We help alumni reach out to faculty and university officials, structure their giving, and be effective agents for a long overdue course correction at their institutions.

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Intelligent Donor's Guide to College Giving

Alumni have been extraordinarily generous supporters of colleges and universities, but often they do not see this result in the improvements and benefits they envisioned. This guide provides step-by-step instructions for donors on how to target their giving toward supporting or even creating truly meritorious campus programs and activities. Find out how to ensure, in the words of philanthropist and investor Stephen Friess, "that philanthropic dollars are investments in the values of America and its future."

Achieve Your Philanthropic Objectives

Too often, giving to a school’s general fund or endowment means underwriting an unacceptable status quo—weak curricula, campus speech codes, and administrative bloat. But through targeted giving, aimed at supporting the best our colleges have to offer, donors can be leaders in a renewal of our institutions of higher education.

Craft a Targeted Gift: The Fund for Academic Renewal (FAR)

FAR guides donors through the giving process, helping them to advance their vision for meaningful higher education philanthropy. In addition to helping donors locate programs worthy of their support, FAR also serves as a resource for donors to help them understand gift agreements, implement gift conditions, and monitor the impact of their giving. Visit the FAR website at

Alumni to the Rescue: Funding Oases of Excellence

On campuses across the country, faculty-led programs are promoting the study of American history, Western Civilization, and the Great Books. ACTA designates these programs as Oases of Excellence, and we encourage alumni to direct their giving to support these outstanding centers that change the culture of the academy from the inside. Learn more about our Oases of Excellence initiative.

Stay Apprised of Higher Education Issues

Through our quarterly newsletters Inside Academe and College Donor Quarterly, publications, press releases, and media appearances, ACTA keeps alumni informed about what is really happening on campus. ACTA’s ATHENA Roundtable, our annual signature event, brings together alumni, individual donors and foundations, trustees, and national leaders in higher education to discuss academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability.


Campus Programming and Partnerships for Lasting Change Panel Discussion

This panel focused on how alumni can work with students, faculty, and administrators to protect free expression and viewpoint diversity on campus. Moderator: Jenna Robinson, President, James G. Martin...

June 3, 2024 by Jenna Robinson
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Launched in 1995, we are the only organization that works with alumni, donors, trustees, and education leaders across the United States to support liberal arts education, uphold high academic standards, safeguard the free exchange of ideas on campus, and ensure that the next generation receives an intellectually rich, high-quality college education at an affordable price.

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