Harvard is funded, in part, by an endowment. The endowment includes thousands of philanthropic gifts donated since Harvard’s early history, many of which were given to support specific aspects of Harvard’s teaching and research work. Together, these gifts form a permanent source of funding that connects scholars and learners from many diverse backgrounds with opportunities at Harvard, now and into the future.
Endowment at work
Our endowment supports many aspects of our work, from student financial aid to neighborhood programs, from museum and library preservation to campus activities, from faculty and fellow positions to scientific advancement.
the University’s annual operating expenses in the 2020 fiscal year.
different funds make up Harvard’s endowment.
granted in financial aid and scholarships in the 2020 fiscal year.
of the endowment’s annual distribution is restricted to specific programs, departments, or purposes.
the size of Harvard University’s endowment in the 2020 fiscal year.
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Whether you’re interested in supporting our academic programs, our library and museum collections, our climate change action, or other aspects of our mission—your gift matters. Help strengthen and support Harvard’s work now and in the future.
Harvard endowment to go greenhouse gas-neutral by 2050
In an announcement Tuesday, Harvard signaled its expanding commitment to attacking climate change with a dramatic new pledge to drastically reduce emissions in its investment portfolio so Harvard’s endowment can achieve “net-zero” emissions by 2050.