As the Harvard Divinity School’s capital campaign exceeds the halfway mark, its hallowed Andover Hall will undergo a transformation into a central hub of activity for multifaith religion, academic study, and events addressing social issues.
After taking the top spot in 2014, Harvard fell to second in a ranking of universities by donations. Stanford has led this ranking, compiled by the Council for Aid to Education, for nine of the last ten years.
The Kennedy School of Government has received two significant gifts, $2 million from the Mallinckrodt Foundation and $2.93 million from the Charles Koch Foundation, that will go toward establishing student fellowships.
With $460 million raised, the school has brought in 92 percent toward its $500 million fundraising target.
Harvard’s Graduate School of Design raised just about $7 million in its segment of the University’s ongoing capital campaign in the 13 months following the launch of its public phase in September of last year.
The Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation has pledged to donate $20 million to Harvard Business School to endow a fund to support research and the advancement of precision medicine.
After nine years at the helm of Harvard Medical School, Dean Jeffrey S. Flier will step down from his position at the end of next July.
The most recently released data indicates that the Business School is currently at 86 percent of its target fundraising efforts
In addition to at least two policy-oriented speeches, University President Drew Faust addressed a gathering of more than 350 Harvard alumni and affiliates in Atlanta on the topic of “Education as a Civil Right.”
Mitchell Julis pointed to his family’s Jewish heritage and the value of his time at the Law School as his rationale for donating. He named the program after his mother and father and their families.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences together heard emerging details of what a renewed program in General Education could look like in the aftermath of the release of a report that deemed the College’s foundational curriculum “failing on a variety of fronts.”
“Everyone has the impression that Frank has a $400 million check in his pocket,” said Sean R. Eddy, a professor of Applied Mathematics. “And of course it doesn’t work that way.”
While most schools begin the public phase of their fundraising efforts with half to two-thirds of the goal reached, Harvard Law School has an unusual head start to its campaign.
University President Drew G. Faust said last month that the Divinity School’s campaign, which launched publicly in April 2014, has increasingly become a focus of the central administration.
Federal grant cuts, private foundations and other non-federal sources have stepped up their contributions to minimize the damage to University operations.