How Did Mellon’s Pivot to Social Justice Affect its Higher Ed Grantmaking?

"According to Candid, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation was the second largest higher education funder from 2014–2018, giving a total of $793 million. Only the Gates Foundation gave more—$1.5 billion. With an endowment just north of $6 billion, Mellon has also been a prominent thought leader in the field, leading the way on issues including support for community colleges and boosting faculty diversity. So when Mellon announced last June that it was adjusting its mission to prioritize social justice in all of its grantmaking, we sat up and took notice."

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