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Critics Says Harvard’s Endowment Is Underperforming and Overly Secretive. Is It?

The lackluster performance of Harvard’s endowment — the largest in the world — has sparked concerns about the stewardship and transparency of the endowment under Harvard Management Company CEO N.P. “Narv” Narvekar.

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The State Legislature Is Considering an Endowment Tax. Experts Say It Could ‘Cripple’ Harvard

The Massachusetts state legislature is set to move ahead later this month with a university endowment tax bill that some experts described as potentially catastrophic for academic institutions like Harvard and MIT.

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Harvard Climate Advocates Cautiously Optimistic After Release of Climate Report

Harvard affiliates gave mixed reactions to Harvard Management Company’s publication of its annual climate report. The report, released last week, details a drop in the Harvard fossil fuel investments, which are now less than 2 percent of the endowment.

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Ivy League Federal Lobbying Expenditure Rose 12% in 2023, Harvard Spent $530,000

Harvard spent $530,000 on lobbying the federal government in 2023, the lowest amount spent by the University in the past nine years.

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Endowment

Harvard Endowment’s Fossil Fuel Investments Drop Below 2%

The Harvard Management Company — which stewards the University’s $50.7 billion endowment — reported the endowment’s investments in fossil fuels have fallen below 2 percent, as the University remains on pace to fully divest from the industry by 2050.

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Harvard Attracts Investors, Selling $750 Million in Taxable Bonds

After two credit rating agencies affirmed the University’s AAA rating, Harvard sold $750 million in taxable bonds at an advantageous rate, demonstrating strong investor faith in the school despite weathering a series of scandals last fall.

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Harvard Slashes Healthcare Investments, Tech Rises to 98% of Portfolio

The Harvard Management Company increased its direct holdings of Alphabet and Meta and continued its major sell off of biopharma holdings — which now make up less than 1 percent of the portfolio — during the last three months of 2023.

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Proposed Mass. Bill Would Impose 2.5% Tax on Harvard Endowment

The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Revenue held a hearing Wednesday on a bill which would introduce a tax on Harvard’s endowment.

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Harvard Endowment Executives Meet with Silicon Valley Investors Amid University Turmoil

Harvard Management Company executives met with leading venture capital and private equity investors in Silicon Valley last week amid investor concerns over the University’s response to the Israel-Hamas war and allegations of antisemitism on campus.

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House Committee Suggests Harvard Could Lose Tax-Exempt Status in Letter to Garber

The House Ways and Means Committee suggested Harvard’s tax-exempt status could be at risk over its response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack against Israel and concerns of antisemitism on campus in a letter to interim President Alan M. Garber ’76 on Wednesday.

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Ten Stories That Shaped 2023

In 2023, Harvard had a tumultuous year. Claudine Gay’s first semester ended amid a leadership crisis as she came under fire for her response to tensions on a campus divided by the Israel-Hamas war and faced allegations of plagiarism. Harvard’s legacy and donor preferences in admissions also faced national scrutiny following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling striking down the University’s affirmative action policy. Across campus, scandal after scandal hit parts of the University. Here, The Crimson looks back at the 10 stories that shaped 2023 at Harvard.

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D. Ronald Daniel, Former Harvard Treasurer Who Saw Endowment Quadruple During 15-Year Tenure, Dead at 93

D. Ronald Daniel, a longtime treasurer of Harvard University who saw the University’s endowment quadruple in value during his 15-year tenure, died on Dec. 16 at his home in New York City. He was 93.

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HMC Managing Director Joined Business Leaders and Investors in Exclusive Israel Trip

Managing Director of Investment for the Harvard Management Company, Adam Goldstein, joined 65 business leaders and investors for a five day trip to Israel this week.

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New Harvard CFO Ritu Kalra Says University Has ‘Repair Work To Do’ Amid Controversy Over Israel-Hamas Response

Harvard Chief Financial Officer Ritu Kalra acknowledged that officials tasked with fundraising have their work cut out for them as they rebuild relationships with donors dismayed by the controversy enveloping the University over its messaging on the Israel-Hamas war.

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Central Administration

Harvard Management Co. Decreased Investments in Meta and Alphabet, Sold Biopharma Holdings in Q3

The Harvard Management Company sold a significant percentage of its direct holdings in Meta and Alphabet, as well as the entirety of its direct holdings in several acquired biomedical and pharmaceutical companies, during the third quarter of 2023.

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