Who We Are

our mission

The mission of the Fund for Academic Renewal is to help you, the college donor, make transformative gifts that help institutions live up to their highest ideals. Our fundamental aim is to support the commitment of thoughtful, active donors to academic quality and intellectual integrity.

Intentional, directed giving has the power to renew our colleges and universities. In the past, many alumni have contributed to their colleges’ general funds, where they have little say over the use of their gifts. Instead, FAR can help donors like you craft targeted gifts that reflect your vision and values. We make college philanthropy easy and effective, helping donors make meaningful gifts with confidence that their intent will be honored.

Thanks to the generous support of the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, FAR offers its services at no cost to donors.

Benefitting from ACTA’s Expertise

The Fund for Academic Renewal is a program of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). Donors utilizing FAR’s services will benefit from ACTA’s 25 years of expertise in the field of higher education reform, our extensive network of on-campus contacts, and our experience assisting conscientious donors.

“My commitment to the Fund for Academic Renewal is based on a spirit of optimism. . . . Graduates and other donors want to help their universities to be their very best. With the Fund for Academic Renewal, there is now a way for them to do it.”

Herbert Wiley Vaughan, Esq.

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.