Emily Koons Jae

Emily Koons Jae

Emily Koons Jae is Associate Director of the Fund for Academic Renewal, a project of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.


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Stewardship in a time of crisis

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education fundraisers,like all fundraisers—are facing a difficult fundraising environment. Ignoring stewardship is the worst mistake you can make—even now.

Netflix CEO Gives Largest Gift Ever to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Reed Hastings has pledged $120 millions to support HBCUs. This is the right way to support higher education right now.


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Lessons on legacy giving from the Sherlock Hibbs endowment

On December 18th, 2019, the University of Missouri and Hillsdale College lawsuit concerning the Sherlock Hibbs endowment was decided. Hillsdale was awarded $4.6 million.

higher education philanthropy and donor intent
Two recommendations for savvier higher education giving

In light of the lawsuit between Hillsdale University and University of Missouri of the misuse of a donor’s gift, here are two recommendations on how better to secure donor intent.