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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University June 23, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 38
Campaign Marks Milestone

Fund raising surpasses $3.2 billion target set by trustees

By Brian Shields
Development and Alumni Relations

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 of trustees.

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 on the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses, as well as construction and renovation of facilities at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Peabody Institute.

The campaign is scheduled to conclude on Dec. 31.


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