In early June, the Johns Hopkins
Knowledge for the World campaign surpassed its dollar
goal, exceeding the $3.2 billion target set by the board
In a letter to the university community, President
William R. Brody credited the campaign's
success to the continued support and generosity of alumni
and friends, noting "very few universities,
public or private, have reached such heights."
Brody called the achievement "both awe-inspiring and
humbling," and cited the more than
235,000 individuals and organizations that have given to
the Johns Hopkins Institutions since the
Knowledge for the World campaign began in July 2000.
With six months left in the campaign, Michael Eicher,
vice president for development and alumni
relations for the Johns Hopkins Institutions, said that
fund-raisers would continue to focus on what
have been campaign priorities all along: support for
buildings and infrastructure, funding for
undergraduate and graduate financial aid, and research
support for faculty and students.
"We are committed to finishing strong and to ensuring
that we do everything in our power to
help build on the vision and commitment on which Johns
Hopkins was founded," Eicher said. The Johns
Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins Hospital were
established in 1876 with a $7 million bequest
from Baltimore merchant Johns Hopkins. The gift was the
largest of its time and would be equivalent
to roughly $1 billion today.
Highlights from the campaign include:
The establishment of the Sidney
Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Carey Business School
and Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute.
Endowment of more than 80 new
named professorships and the Rome Deanship at the Whiting
School of Engineering.
Support for capital improvements
on all campuses, including research and clinical buildings
the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses, as well as
construction and renovation of facilities at the
Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Peabody
The campaign is scheduled to conclude on Dec. 31.