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4. Enhance Financial Flexibility: Advance TC's Priority Initiatives through Unrestricted Funds

Enhance Financial Flexibility: Advance TC's Priority Initiatives through Unrestricted Funds

Unrestricted giving provides TC leadership the flexibility to address the most pressing needs of the College and to plan for our future success, while supporting our students, faculty and programs today. 

Goal $30 Million 
Key Investments
Build the TC Fund to advance the College’s priorities and key initiatives through unrestricted giving.

  • Increase participation in the TC fund Scholars Program by tripling the number of donors. The program allows donors to establish a one-year term scholarship for a student with demonstrated need.
  • Grow the john Dewey Circle (yearly contribution of $1,000) by 50 percent.
  • Increase membership in the Maxine Greene Society (TC Fund gift every year for five years or more) by 30 percent.
  • Increase overall participation in the TC fund by 10 percent.

Enhance support for Academic Initiatives

  • Build the Provost’s Investment Fund to support collaborative and multidisciplinary projects that address societal challenges, develop partnerships with other institutions and attract additional funding from donors. 

“The understanding fiscal responsibility curriculum has not only increased the knowledge of students and teachers about the budget deficit and the national debt but also increased their motivation and ability to get involved with these issues.”
–Anand R. Marri, Associate Professor of Social Studies and Education

TC’s Provost’s Investment Fund seeded Anand Marri’s idea for a comprehensive social studies and mathematics curriculum about the fiscal challenges that face the nation. The curriculum project subsequently received a three-year, $2.45 million grant from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

Today, “Understanding Fiscal responsibility : A  Curriculum for Teaching about the Federal Budget, National Debt and Budget Deficit,” teaches a half-million students in grades 7-12 in all 50 states — and in 11 other countries — about public policies leading to budget deficits and the national debt. More than 50 university-level teacher educators are using the curriculum with their pre-service teaching students.

Published Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014