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Forget Straight A’s, Connections Count At Top Colleges

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Power, Patronage and Problems: When Private Wealth Transforms Public Schools

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If Public Universities Offer Free Tuition, Who Will Be Left Behind?

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Why Students Like Malia Obama Should Go Abroad for Gap Year

This week, the White House announced that President Obama’s daughter Malia will take a gap year before attending Harvard University, where both her parents went to law school.

Tiny Spark discussed the merits of postponing college with Abby Falik, founder of Global Citizen Year. Read more…

Our Most Memorable Author Interviews of 2015

As the year wraps up, the Chronicle of Philanthropy is out with a list of notable books from 2015. We interviewed a number of the authors. They wrote about altruism, technology, poverty and education. Read more…

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Following Newark’s $200 Million Charitable Windfall

Journalist Dale Russakoff’s new book, The Prize, delves into Mark Zuckerberg’s mission to turn around Newark, New Jersey’s ailing school system. In 2010, the Facebook founder contributed $100 million to the effort, which was announced on The Oprah Winfrey Show. We spoke to Russakoff about her new book. Read more…

Next: A Tangled $200M Gift to Urban Public Schools

In our next podcast, we speak with Dale Russakoff who says Newark, New Jersey’s public school system was at one time “debilitated, antiquated, even dysfunctional.” As luck would have it, a billionaire philanthropist agreed. Read more…

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When a School Markets Students as Charity Cases

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PROMO: Public School Teachers Get Cozy with Donors

In our next podcast, anthropologist Amy Brown goes inside a New York City public school where students are mainly black and Latino, and the teachers mostly white. When it comes time to schmooze with donors at the spring fundraiser, teachers are hand-picked.

“It was all about maintaining this look as young, energetic, articulate teachers who are going to be attractive to potential funders of the school. As people who are going to work their hardest and look good doing it,” Brown says. Read more…

John Paulson (right) and Harvard President Drew Faust greet Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria. (Credit: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer)

Does $400M Gift to Harvard Support a Worthy Cause?

Harvard University recently made an historic announcement: billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson gave $400 million to his alma mater’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. It marks the biggest gift to the world’s richest university, and some critics are pouncing on Paulson’s choice of a worthy cause. Read more…