Legislation To Keep College Donors Anonymous Passes

March 4, 2008

The General Assembly has passed legislation that would allow Virginia's public colleges and universities to ban public access to information, including their identities, about their donors.

The University of Virginia requested the bill to protect personal information, such as Social Security numbers, net worth and marital status, of its donors or potential benefactors. The university is amid a $3 billion fundraising campaign.

While open government advocates don't object to shielding the personal information, they object to allowing universities to withhold the identities of donors who wish to remain anonymous.

The Senate unanimously passed the measure Tuesday, and the House passed it 94-3. It now heads to Governor Timothy Kaine.

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