January 28, 2020

Natural Allies: Why Equity-Minded Funders Are Giving More to Community Colleges

Mike Scutari

Despite the gusher of donor dollars flooding into higher education in recent years, support for community colleges has been tepid—never mind that these institutions serve 49.2 percent of the country’s college students, and according to some studies, do a better job at boosting social and economic mobility than their elite peers. Lately, though, there are signs that this dynamic may be changing, with community colleges drawing more attention from donors and institutional funders that have put equity front and center in their work.