“Ideological billionaires sway universities’ agendas with big bucks” – Washington Times August 26, 2015
“Donors have always given to causes they believe in. When John D. Rockefeller gave to the University of Chicago back in the 1890s, people were terrified at the time, whether or not that was ideologically motivated, if it could be dangerous, but it’s turned out to be one of the best schools of social sciences in the country and hasn’t done harm,” said Angela Seaworth, the director of the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University, when questioned if billionaires giving to higher-education was a new phenomenon.
Today’s donors, however, want to see more of a direct impact on the money they’re giving, she said.
Therefore, giving tends to be more restricted, like giving to a certain center with a specific set of goals rather than to a general endowment. Some donors request schools give them very detailed reports on how many students attended or were well-served because of their spend. Some philanthropists design specific metrics to rate the impact of their donation.
It’s this laser focus on results and wanting to know and be a part of the intimate details of a university’s workings that have some within academia concerned their independence is being eroded.
“There’s always going to be donors who want to overstep their bounds,” said Jordan Kurland, associate general secretary of the American Association of University Professors. “But donors seem to be getting more and more pushy maybe that comes from fatigue on my part, I’ve seen too much of it.”
Mr. Kurland says much of the money these billionaires give is needed to fund research that otherwise the universities couldn’t afford, but academics need to be wary of maintaining their independence from the control and influence of their donors, including what is taught in the classroom and which professors are hired.
Sometimes donors seek out schools to pitch their own projects, schools they perceive to be already ideologically aligned, and other times universities, knowing the pet issues of potential donors, approach them to get funding on whatever the researcher already has in the pipeline, said Richard Marker of New York University’s Academy for Grantmaking and Funder Education.
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Mr. Soros’s foundation gave $26.4 million in grants and projects to U.S. universities in 2013 alone, just one of several ideological billionaires who are using part of their wealth to shape the agenda, research and curricula at the college level where the next generation of American adults are being informed. Mr. Soros has been a behind the scenes funder for the Black Lives Matter movement, giving dozens of civil justice organizations which perpetuate its message, millions of dollars on an annual basis, according to Open Society Foundation’s tax filings. “Our DNA includes a belief that having people participate in government is indispensable to living in a more just, inclusive, democratic society,” Kenneth Zimmerman, director of Mr. Soros‘ Open Society Foundations’ U.S. programs, told The Washington Times in January. “Helping groups combine policy, research [and] data collection with community organizing feels very much the way our society becomes more accountable.”The MIT Center for Civic Media’s director, Mr. Zuckerman, is a board member on Mr. Soros‘ Open Society Foundation (OSF) and is the chair on foundations sub-board for it’s so-called Information Project, which “works to increase access to knowledge, empower civil society groups, and protect civil liberties in the digital environment,” according to Open Society’s webpage.
“The MIT Center for Civic Media works hand in hand with diverse communities to collaboratively create, design, deploy, and assess civic media tools and practices,” the Center’s website explains. The Center has worked to promote the Black Lives Matter movement through so-called digital activism, did a case study mapping out how the Trayvon Martin incident in Florida became a national news event, and has developed online tools for citizens to hold their elected leaders accountable for promises made on the campaign trail. It has also developed undergraduate and graduate courses in civic media for MIT students teaching them about social movements and the media, among others and hosts a number of conferences, panels and writes publications espousing digital activism.
Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmental activist, gave $40 million to Stanford University to create the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy in 2009 with the mission of helping educate and train the next generation of leaders in sustainable energy.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a fierce gun control advocate, foundation has given to the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, which resides under the aptly-named John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Mr. Bloomberg has given more than $1 billion to Johns Hopkins’ various departments in his lifetime.
“A California University’s Troubling Terrorism Ties” – San Francisco State University (SFSU), which has a well-deserved reputation as a breeding ground for anti-Israel radicalism, became national news in April. That’s when campus police stood by as a hate-Israel group, the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS), shouted down and disrupted a lecture by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, prompting much criticism of SFSU’s president, Leslie Wong.
But there’s worse. As revealed by an investigation into SFSU by Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum, SFSU has partnered with a Palestinian university that’s a hotbed of radicalization. “The American public deserves to know the full truth about SFSU aligning itself with the enemy.” Campus Watch/Middle East Forum, July 1, 2016
“These 20 Colleges Raked in the Biggest Donations Last Year” – Money Magazine article January 27, 2016 “I have a sense mega gifts are coming from people who see these as investments in the future rather than charitable giving,” Diana Newman said. “They’re looking at what university could really make an impact.”
“The 50 Most Generous Donors (Alumni) to Colleges and Universities” – The Best Schools – The donors on this list come from wildly different backgrounds—some are self-made millionaires/billionaires whereas others stepped into a family fortune. Philanthropists all, they support a wide range of causes. Without that support, our world—and especially the world of higher education—would look very different.
“Saudi & Arab Influence on American Education” Discover the Networks – 2007 In recent years, religious extremists based in Saudi Arabia have exerted immense influence on what America’s K-12 schoolchildren learn about Islam and the Middle East. Specifically, these extremists have poured large sums of money into the coffers of organizations that produce K-12 curricula whose ideological leanings are sympathetic to Islamic fundamentalism and, conversely, critical of the United states and Israel. The Saudis have adroitly exploited Title VI of the Higher Education Act, which authorizes federal grants to college and university programs – most notably at Middle East Studies Centers (known as “National Resource Centers,” or NRCs) on certain campuses – that “provide instruction in critical foreign languages and international fields. For instance in the last few years well over $40 million each (possibly every year) has been donated to Harvard, Yale, and other universities across the US by Saudi men to further Arab Studies and Influence campus political outlooks.
The point of the above is very simple –
Big donations require concessions and adherence to their ideological goals. Universities and colleges across the entire United States are being influenced and in fact have been over many generations of alumni and students. An uptick in campus idiocy such as erasure of facts on men, women and events in US history, understanding of citizenship, community morals and values, and understanding of any concept not in line with socialist views is occurring.
Often as we have seen these are direct results of certain influences and persuading donors. Regardless of the “our university adheres to strict ethics rules which donors are not allowed to influence” jargon. In many instances where donor lists include the bad boys “progressives and extremists” of the world like Soros, Bloomberg, Rockefeller, Ford Foundation, and Saudi Princes, there are campuses which have a lot of “dumber” students who are rabid zombies determined to “convert” the world to a socialist type ideology and/or to Islam.
The campuses are rift with anti-Jewish and anti-American sentiment by actions which are being deliberately ignored or abetted by the university boards and professors. Many instances have occurred where socialist or radical Islamic attitudes of a few have overridden the majority and had the campuses remove every visible acknowledgement of American citizenship.
From flags to constitution, these groups such as the Muslim Students Association have worked diligently through intimidation, harsh vocal demands, demonstrations, and hazing type events to destroy or at least reduce what should be American morals, citizenship identity, or community values and beliefs.
In order to stop socialism and radical Islamic influence in the US, future presidents will have to eliminate that influence throughout the entire educational framework. In the process, all levels of education will be screaming for lack of funds. But I would rather see a more limited, financially less dependent, and more commonsense teaching facility than have future generations continue on this disastrous course of becoming third world uneducated morons enslaved by socialists and ruled by Islamic law.