Brown University once again led the pack in Rhode Island in fundraising last year, bringing in a little more than $178 million. The University of Rhode Island was a distant second at $12.7 million, a drop of $6 million compared with 2011.
Donations were also down at Rhode Island College, which raised $1.36 million, and at the Rhode Island School of Design, which still came in second overall. RISD raised a total of nearly $6.8 million.
Bryant University brought in $4.85 million in donations, an increase of more than $1 million from 2011. Roger Williams University also saw an increase, raising nearly $2 million in 2012.
The numbers come from The Council for Aid to Education, which does not include Providence College, Salve Regina University or Johnson and Wales University in its report. Nationwide, the group found a 2.3 percent increase in giving, a rise that the report's authors note is only slightly higher than inflation.
The top fundraiser in the nation, Stanford University, raised $1.03 billion. Stanford is the first American university to raise more than a billion dollars in a single year.