Supporting materials for the third paragraph of the op-ed
August 31, 2018 email message from David Rapach with notes the Dean agrees accurately reflects discussions at meetings [August 24, 2018: Dean indicates that Mr. Sinquefield will play a role in selecting the director and that faculty will have no effective input in the selection process; August 27, 2018: Dean says that the director has already been selected.]
September 13, 2018 email message from Acting Provost [Acting Provost says, “The donors will provide final approval for requests to the Sinquefield fund.”]
Supporting materials for the penultimate paragraph of the op-ed
Saint Louis University Gift Acceptance Policy (July 1, 2018) [The policy states that “the donor is not entitled to quid pro quo expectations” (p. 3).]
Higher Learning Commission Criteria for Accreditation (CRRT.B.10.010) [See Criterion 2. Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct.]
Includes the following warning: “As universities and research departments seek new sources of revenue, they must remember that these sources come with strings, however carefully they are crafted to seem invisible. These strings pull at us, and if we build our institutions to allow them to attach, they will affect us and our work.”
Counsels that “democratizing philanthropy requires addressing the policy mechanisms and the public attitudes that privilege the wishes of donors over those of recipient organizations or the broader community.”
As cautioned in this revealing piece, “When universities decide to sell themselves to the highest bidder, they become deaf to the interests of their students and the wider societies in which they operate.”
Reports that “[s]tudents and faculty across the US have begun to push back against undue donor influence on campuses.”
Warns that “[t]he allure of wealth is powerful and, particularly when times are tough, strong enough to tempt nonprofit organizations to muddy their missions and make principled decision-making difficult.”
Describes “[h]ow the university became a profit-generating cog in the corporate machine.”
The call for free speech on campuses by wealthy elites sounds disingenuous when they give money with strings attached.
June 5, 2018 report by The Center for Public Integrity
Describes how “[t]he power of the Koch brothers’ money in higher ed goes far and wide, and aims for impact.”
Examines how universities can preserve their independence when they accept financial gifts from ideologically motivated donors.
Explains how academic economists are susceptible to capture by business interests and proposes remedies to prevent capture.
Book by Rob Reich
Describes how philanthropy converts private assets into public influence, which can undermine democracy and exacerbate inequality.
Book by Anand Giridharadas
Argues that philanthropic efforts by elites often do more harm than good.