The Harvard Crimson reports, "Harvard has now raised $6.1 billion in its University-wide capital campaign, and though the drive began with a $6.5 billion goal and a projected end year of 2018, Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development Tamara E. Rogers ’74 reaffirmed Monday that Harvard will not raise that target.
“We would rather keep people’s eyes focused now on the purposes, rather than one single number,” Rogers said.
At this pace, Harvard will soon surpass the $6.5 billion mark, which would be a higher education record. Each individual school has now raised more than 50 percent of its goal, according to Rogers, and many initiatives have already reached or surpassed their targets.
Still, fundraisers are pushing areas that still have a ways to go. Those areas include developing the new science buildings in Allston, financial aid across schools, and supporting humanities studies. She also said the campaign is all the more important given national and federal cutbacks to funding sources.
“We’re in an era of scientific discovery that’s almost unparalleled, and it’s costly,” Rogers said. “That's something that we really want to stress and have prospective supporters understand why it’s also costly.”..."