Over 73,000 donors have given more than $4 billion as part of the historic For Humanity campaign. This milestone sum, which counts gifts made since July 1, 2018, as well as foundational commitments from prior years, exceeds the amount raised in any previous Yale fundraising campaign. It also brings the For Humanity campaign to 60% of its goal of $7 billion by June 2026.
A university-wide endeavor, For Humanity helps people and programs in every part of Yale in their work to improve the world. So far, donors have supported areas including entrepreneurship at Tsai CITY, scholarship and teaching in every area of the humanities, and the expansion and renovation of the Peabody Museum of Natural History.
Of the gifts to the campaign, 49% have been for endowed funds, which are invested in perpetuity, and 33% are for current use, meaning the entirety of the gift will be spent in the near term. The remaining 18% of gifts are for facilities and other needs throughout campus.
Gifts have established the Wu Tsai Institute, a leading research center investigating the nature of cognition, and the Broad Center at the Yale School of Management, dedicated to fostering transformative leadership for public education. The Center for Natural Carbon Capture, part of Yale’s Planetary Solutions Project, will develop methods to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Donor support has also advanced Yale’s critical research on the COVID-19 pandemic and public health.
Transforming Support for Students
Across the university, 72% of students receive some type of financial aid from Yale. Within the overall $7 billion goal of For Humanity, the university has committed to raising $1.2 billion for scholarships and fellowships to make a Yale education more affordable. To date, nearly $620 million has been raised for this student support initiative, including gifts that have made the David Geffen School of Drama tuition free and enabled the Divinity School to provide full-tuition scholarships for all students with demonstrated need.