How FAR Works

Giving well is complicated, but the first step is simple: Start a conversation with the Fund for Academic Renewal (FAR).

Whether you are just beginning to consider making a gift or are about to sign the check, FAR offers individualized guidance. By getting to know your goals, FAR can help you clarify your vision for your gift and protect your intent.

Based on your specific needs, FAR can help:

  • Develop a statement of intent 
  • Identify high-quality programs to support 
  • Connect you with our network of on-campus contacts
  • Craft a robust gift agreement 
  • Ensure campus officials fully understand your goals 
  • Evaluate your gift’s impact 

Thanks to the generosity of the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, we offer our services, including legal consultation from Arnold & Porter LLP, at no cost to donors.

Since 2016, FAR has assisted philanthropists with higher education gifts totaling nearly $200 million. This support is having a transformative impact on college campuses across the country—creating new learning opportunities for students, strengthening academic standards, promoting intellectual diversity, and protecting the free expression of ideas.

FAR provides the resources donors need to craft gifts with enduring impact, gifts that protect donor intent while supporting the best our universities have to offer.

"Targeted philanthropy is one of the most effective ways to deliver the focus and intellectual integrity higher education so desperately needs. The Fund for Academic Renewal can help donors restore excellence to higher education through thoughtful, selective giving.”

Jane Barrows Tatibouet

President, Hawaii Hotel Consultants
Former Trustee, Cornell University
Former Regent, University of Hawaii System

The Fund for Academic Renewal is a program of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions to FAR are fully tax-deductible to the maximum extent provided by law.