Mystery donor gives more than $74m to female-led colleges

At least 15 schools received anonymous donations ranging from $1 to $10 million


NEW YORK – A mystery donor has gifted millions to at least 14 colleges run by women.

New York’s Hunter College said Monday it received $5 million in the fall and realized only recently that more than a dozen other colleges nationwide had received similar donations. Hunter College President Jennifer Raab says the money “couldn’t have come at a better time.”

The City University of New York school says the donor earmarked $4 million for scholarships.

The school will use the rest to update its library and give students more group study space.

At least 13 other schools with women presidents have received anonymous donations ranging from $1 million to $10 million in the last two months.

The gifts total at least $74.5 million so far.

– The Canadian Press


Mystery donor gives more than $74m to female-led colleges

  1. Wow. That’s an interesting kind of equity initiative. On first glance it seems kind of arbitrary, but then college (university) presidents are very significantly judged on their ability to fundraise – particularly in the U.S. This is a very direct way to send the message that yes, a woman can do that job, and even turn her gender to an advantage.

    It’s not really any different that going to a car dealership and consciously deciding to purchase your car from one of the relatively rare female salespeople. It’s an interesting decision, but one that has some logic to it.

  2. That you apply a kind of affirmative action in your everyday life is coolly bizarre.