Rebecca Richards

Rebecca serves as the Program Associate for the Fund for Academic Renewal. She provides general support, research, and content to help higher education donors reach their philanthropic goals. Born and raised in Maine, Rebecca graduated from Baylor University in 2018 with a University Scholar’s Degree, concentrating in philosophy. She participated in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core honors program and spent her junior year at Oxford. During college, she worked as a research assistant on the Federalist Papers, in state policy research, and as an archivist. After graduation, Rebecca was a John Jay Fellow with the John Jay Institute in Philadelphia. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and adding to her collection of Agatha Christie novels

Bowling Green State University is a public research university in Bowling Green, Ohio. The 1,338-acre main academic and residential campus is 15 miles south of Toledo, Ohio. historic gift from Thompson Foundation
Partnership in Practice: A Historic Gift to Bowling Green State University

An unprecedented gift from the Thompson Foundation to the university exemplifies the true partnership at the heart of successful college giving.

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What is philanthropy for?

A recent book provides succinct insight into what makes philanthropy and philanthropists what they are today.

Here’s what funders need to know

A new study helps individual and institutional funders gain a better understanding of the challenges that nonprofits face in the wake of the pandemic.

3 resources for giving well

Giving wisely takes work, but these resources can help you take control of your giving journey.

Meaningful Giving: An interview with Beth Breeze

An adviser helps donors make those choices by enabling their client to identify and unpack their values, ideals, and hopes for how their money can make a difference.

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Giving as a family affair

Giving as a family can help cultivate a philanthropic spirit in kids while helping preserve your giving values.

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Disappointed higher ed donors have options

It can be hard for donors to support higher education in keeping with their values. But there are options at universities all across the country.

Donor intent should be better protected

Even with a gift agreement, donors have little recourse in the event of their intent being flouted. There are state Senate bills under review to change that.

Giving while living for higher education

A recent gift to California Lutheran University shows how donors and recipients can work together to marry the donor’s vision and the university’s needs.

Yale’s new planned giving policies signal trouble ahead for legacy givers

Universities should use gift agreements to preserve donor intent—and to best serve the interests of the university.