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HMC Building
Central Administration

Despite Historic Returns, Harvard Endowment Still Trails Ivy League Peers

Though the Harvard Management Company reported record-breaking returns last Thursday, several financial experts said it still lags behind the performance of key financial indices and its peer institutions.

William F. Lee
Fundraising

Harvard Corporation Senior Fellow Bill Lee Lauds ‘Really Positive’ Fundraising Year Despite Pandemic

Harvard Corporation senior fellow William F. Lee ’72 said in an interview Wednesday that the University expects high fundraising returns by the end of the fiscal year despite challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Donors by Gender
Fundraising

Philanthropy’s Glass Ceiling: A Gender Disparity Among Harvard’s Top Donors

Harvard boasts the largest endowment of any university in the world and supplements its finances with hundreds of millions of dollars in donations annually. Despite the scale of Harvard’s philanthropic efforts, a sizable gender disparity persists among the University’s donors.

Smith Campus Center
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Harvard Graduate Council Passes Emergency Resolution on Atlanta Shootings, Memorandum on Harvard Email Access

The Harvard Graduate Council heard a presentation on University finances and approved a memorandum recommending extended access to Harvard email addresses during a public meeting Wednesday evening, which took place just hours after the Council passed an emergency resolution in response to last week’s shootings in Atlanta, Ga.

Mass Hall, Fall 2017
Central Administration

Harvard Releases Gift Policy Guide, Outlines Considerations for Philanthropic Gifts

The first-of-its-kind gift policy guide's listed central priorities include “upholding academic freedom," “adhering to institutional values,” and "avoiding conflicts of interest."

Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard Kennedy School

Epstein-Linked Donors Dubin and Wexner Depart from HKS Leadership Council

Donors and billionaires Glenn R. Dubin and Leslie H. Wexner departed from a Harvard Kennedy School board last month, foregrounding students’ concerns regarding Harvard’s ties to donors who cultivated relationships with deceased sex offender Jeffrey E. Epstein.

Harvard Foreign Funding
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Harvard Took In $1.1 Billion from 63 Nations from 2013-2019, per Department of Education

Harvard has reported receiving more than $1.1 billion from sources from 63 foreign nations between Jan. 1, 2013 and July 31, 2019, per Education Department data.

Massachusetts Hall
Fundraising

Harvard Places Second Among Universities in Total Annual Fundraising, Per Report

After raising $1.4 billion, Harvard came in second among American universities in total funds raised in the last academic fiscal year.

President Bacow
Fundraising

Bacow Says Harvard Conducting 'More Substantial Review' of Gift Policies

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview last week that Harvard’s review of its gift policies is a “more substantial review” than has been previously conducted in light of a simultaneous inquiry into billionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s donations to the University.

University Provost Alan Garber
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Provost Garber Calls for ‘Principled Approach’ to Reviewing Gifts

As Harvard continues to face scrutiny for accepting donations from controversial figures, University Provost Alan M. Garber ’76 said in an interview Thursday that Harvard must take a “principled approach” to deciding when to return gifts.

HMS Gordon Hall
FAS

Harvard Receives $20 Million Gift to Fund Autism Research Center

Harvard Medical School received a $20 million donation from philanthropists Hock E. Tan and K. Lisa Yang to create a Center for Autism Research, the University announced Thursday.

The Hasty Pudding
College

Hasty Pudding Donates to Anti-Sex Trafficking Nonprofit Following Criticism of Epstein Donations

In the wake of an August petition calling on the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 to donate funds connected to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, the Hasty Pudding announced a $50,000 donation to an anti-sex trafficking nonprofit Monday.

Lawrence Bacow
Fundraising

Harvard Retains External Counsel to Assist Epstein Internal Review

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview Monday an external law firm is assisting the Office of the General Counsel in their review of donations made to Harvard by billionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey E. Epstein.

The Hasty Pudding
College

Hasty Pudding Theatricals Undergrads Petition Grad Members to Donate Epstein-Linked Funds

Current Hasty Pudding Theatricals members and alumni started a petition to the organization’s graduate board last month calling for the Pudding to donate the $50,000 gift it received from a charity connected to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2016.

Mass Hall at Night
Central Administration

Harvard Office of the General Counsel to Review Epstein Donations

Harvard’s Office of the General Counsel will conduct a review of billionaire donor and convicted sex offender Jeffrey E. Epstein’s donations to the University, Vice President and General Counsel Diane E. Lopez announced in an email to Harvard affiliates Friday afternoon.

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