RI Governor Raimondo sparked a controversy when she used monies given to the University of Rhode Island to fund her $10K trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos.
"When public college foundations ask for donations, they tell a familiar story: state funding is tight, and donors can help support the community. Their dollars fund scholarships, buildings, academic programs. And almost always, the foundations’ money goes directly to the colleges they support.
"But in Rhode Island, Governor Gina Raimondo has other ideas.
"It started with a trip to Switzerland. Raimondo wanted to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, and the University of Rhode Island Foundation offered to cover up to $10,000 of her travel costs."--Ellen Wexler, Inside Higher Ed