In the 1970’s, UPS began a remarkable program to support independent higher education by making a series of gifts of preferred stock and cash totaling $4.2 million to create an endowment for the Foundation for Independent Higher Education (FIHE), which merged into CIC in 2010. By donor designation, the endowment and its grants are dedicated to support the work of state-based associations that coordinate collaborative programs and fundraising to benefit member private colleges and universities.
Early in 1980, the preferred stock held in the fund was converted into UPS common stock, which was subsequently repurchased by the company, with the funds creating a general endowment then managed by the Investment Committee of the FIHE Board and now by the CIC Board. A $4.2 million investment by UPS has become a fund with a recent market value of over $42 million and has generated an additional $50 million in grants to CIC State Councils to support their member colleges and students through the UPS Scholarship Program.
In addition to the UPS Scholarship Program, the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment has provided grants to State Councils for innovative, collaborative projects within states and for programs that enhance access and success at private colleges for low-income, first generation, minority or New American students. Through these grant programs dedicated to supporting the work of the State Councils, the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment has had–and will continue to have–a determinative impact on the advancement of the independent college sector nationwide.