Endowment


Harvard Says the Endowment Tax Is a Blow to Higher Education. Is It?

Harvard has decried a bill passed under the Trump administration that includes a tax on wealthy university endowments. But is the impact of the provision as significant as the University claims it to be?


Harvard Bolsters Investments in Google, Semiconductor Industry

The Harvard Management Company shored up its investments in the technology industry last quarter, boosting its shares of Alphabet — the parent company of Google — by nearly 40 percent while increasing its holdings in the semiconductor companies.


Harvard Management Company Endorses Some Environmental Regulations in SEC Letter

The Harvard Management Company advocated for new environmental disclosure rules under consideration by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, while pushing back against the proposal’s broadest reporting mandate in a letter to the SEC.


GOP Congressman Takes Aim at Harvard’s Potential Endowment Links to Chinese Companies

U.S. Representative Gregory F. Murphy (R-N.C.) called on Harvard to disclose and divest its endowment from any potential holdings in Chinese companies deemed a threat to national security by the federal government in a letter to the school last week.


Harvard Endowment Shares of Meta, Google Balloon in First Quarter

The Harvard Management Company more than tripled its shares of Meta Platforms — formerly known as Facebook — as it saw nearly all of its stock holdings decline in value during the first three months of 2022.


‘A Black Hole of Information’: Experts Evaluate Harvard’s Net-Zero Emissions Pledge

As the Harvard Managment Company works toward achieving its pledge, climate and financial experts weighed in on the challenges the company faces, including difficulties obtaining data on and measuring the emissions of its partners.


Bacow Defends Foreign Research Collaboration Following Lieber's Conviction

University President Lawrence S. Bacow reiterated in a Thursday interview Harvard’s commitment to academic collaboration with foreign scholars following the federal conviction of Chemistry professor Charles M. Lieber.


Ten Stories That Shaped 2021

At Harvard, 2021 was a year marked by change. The school’s long-awaited return to in-person operations injected new life into a campus that had been left dormant for over a year by Covid-19. And in an unexpected shift, the University announced its intention to divest its endowment from fossil fuels after a decade of public pressure. Separately, faculty controversies — including a federal conviction and a high-profile departure — ignited debates that rippled across academia. Below, The Crimson looks back at the 10 stories that shaped the last year at Harvard.


University CFO Says Harvard ‘Moving in the Right Direction,’ Despite Pandemic Costs

Harvard chief financial officer Thomas J. Hollister said the University’s finances are “moving in the right direction” in a Wednesday interview, though he cautioned that officials remain alert in the ever-changing landscape of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Harvard Management Company Sells Holdings in Tech, Increases Facebook Investments in Third Quarter

HMC sold its holdings in several technology and pharmaceutical companies while increasing its investments in Facebook in the third quarter of 2021.


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.


Harvard’s Endowment Soars to $53.2 Billion, Reports 33.6% Returns

Harvard Management Company returned 33.6 percent on its investments for the fiscal year ending in June 2021, skyrocketing the value of the University’s endowment to $53.2 billion, the largest sum in its history.


Experts Predict Strong Harvard Endowment Returns Ahead of October Report

Several financial experts predicted that the Harvard endowment will post returns of at least 20 percent for fiscal year 2021, which would bring the endowment to its largest sum in history.


Celebrating Harvard’s Divestment Decision, Fossil Fuel Divest Organizers Lay Out Next Steps

Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard plans to encourage the University to invest in green economic initiatives after Harvard’s surprise announcement that it intends to divest from fossil fuels.


Divest Harvard Kicks Off In-Person Semester with Rally Outside University Hall

Roughly 80 student protestors with Divest Harvard — a student organization calling for the University to sell its investments in the fossil fuel industry — staged a “visual waterline” outside University Hall to represent the rally’s focus on rising sea levels.


Divest Harvard Meets With Mass. Attorney General’s Office Over Complaint Against University

Organizers from Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard — an activist group calling for Harvard to divest from the fossil fuel industry — met with senior staff members from the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura T. Healey ’92 Friday to discuss a legal complaint they filed in March over the University’s investments.


Harvard Will Draw Further From Endowment in FY2022 Than Planned, Citing Strong Market Returns

The Harvard Corporation voted last week to draw further from the endowment for fiscal year 2022 than initially planned in light of strong stock market returns.


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