Johns Hopkins Gazette | January 26, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 26, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 19
Campaign Wraps at $3.74 Billion

The Knowledge for the World campaign raised $3.74 billion, more than $675 million of which went to the renovation and construction of buildings across Johns Hopkins' campuses — adding more than 4 million square feet of space for teaching, research, patient care and student life. Above, the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cardiovascular and Critical Care Tower, left, and the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center, now under construction on the East Baltimore campus. For more, go to
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Knowledge for the World draws more than 250,000 donors

By Dennis O'Shea

The Johns Hopkins Knowledge for the World fund-raising campaign ended Dec. 31 with total commitments of $3.741 billion, creating 92 professorships, generating 550 new scholarships and graduate fellowships, and modernizing teaching, research and patient care facilities at Johns Hopkins campuses at home and around the world.

The more than 250,000 donors to the eight-year campaign also enabled Johns Hopkins to launch the new Carey Business School and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, endowed the deanship of the university's Whiting School of Engineering, added a new quadrangle to the Homewood campus and provided millions of dollars in ongoing annual support for the work of the university, hospital and health system.

"I am amazed and gratified not just by the generosity of our supporters but also by the sheer number of people who believe so strongly in the work we do," said William R. Brody, who was president of The Johns Hopkins University throughout the campaign. "More than a quarter-million individuals and organizations from around the world gave to Johns Hopkins during the past eight years. Each gift, regardless of size, was an affirmation from our friends and alumni that Johns Hopkins is a sound investment. Each gift was a vote in support of our determination that the work we do at Johns Hopkins — in teaching, discovery and healing — will make this world a better place."

Ronald J. Daniels, who will succeed Brody as president of the university on March 2, joined his predecessor in thanking donors to the campaign.

"Our alumni and friends have put Johns Hopkins in position to make extraordinary discoveries and to apply our knowledge for the common good," Daniels said. "Now, it's our job as faculty, students and staff to make good on the potential our supporters have created. We are committed to using these generous investments in Johns Hopkins wisely and effectively."

The Knowledge for the World campaign, which began in July 2000, was publicly announced in 2002 with an original goal of $2 billion by the end of 2007. That goal was surpassed two years ahead of schedule.

Johns Hopkins' trustees, citing new challenges and wanting to explore new opportunities to make a difference in the world, added a year to the campaign and extended the goal to $3.2 billion, a milestone reached in June 2008. Knowledge for the World has raised more dollars than all but one other campaign in U.S. higher education history, according to a database maintained by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Knowledge for the World attracted four of the five largest commitments in Johns Hopkins history, and 13 of the largest 20. Included were three nine-figure gifts: $150 million announced in 2001 from Jones Apparel Group founder Sidney Kimmel for cancer research and patient care at what is now the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center; $100 million from an anonymous donor in 2001 to establish the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute at the Bloomberg School of Public Health; and $100 million from an anonymous donor in 2006 to support construction of a new children's hospital, renovation of Gilman Hall, research in the School of Medicine and initiatives at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Four separate Knowledge for the World gifts from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation now rank among the top 12 gifts in Johns Hopkins history. The Gates Foundation commitments, totaling $157.1 million, were directed toward research to fight tuberculosis in AIDS patients and childhood pneumonia in developing countries, and toward promoting reproductive health.

Of the total raised by the campaign's end, almost $3.1 billion, or 82 percent, came from sources outside Maryland, helping to sustain Johns Hopkins' role as the state's largest private employer and as a driving force in the regional economy.

More than 58 percent of Knowledge for the World gifts — $2.17 billion — went to Johns Hopkins Medicine, which comprises The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and the university's School of Medicine.

"At Johns Hopkins, we tackle some of the toughest problems there are in medicine and the life sciences," said Edward D. Miller, the Frances Watt Baker, M.D., and Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D., Dean of the Medical Faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "Our people are driven to crack those problems, to take what they learn and use it to help patients, and to train the physicians and scientists who will take our discoveries even further.

"The extraordinary donors to the Knowledge for the World campaign," Miller said, "have immeasurably strengthened our abilities on every front. They are creating new world-class space for patient care, research and education. They have helped us to recruit incomparable teams of physicians, researchers and teachers. They have supported research that will make a huge difference in people's lives for many decades to come. We are immensely grateful."

During the campaign, donors, among other accomplishments, contributed:

♦ $301 million for undergraduate and graduate student aid across the university

♦ $237 million for faculty support, including endowed faculty chairs

♦ More than $1 billion for program support, establishing or expanding not only the Kimmel Cancer Center and the Malaria Research Institute but also the Carey Business School, the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute, the Institute for Cell Engineering, the Genetics and Public Policy Center and programs in Jewish studies, real estate, South Asia studies, financial management, Africana studies, United States-Korea relations, strategic studies, child health, community nursing, therapeutic cognitive neuroscience, cancer prevention and treatment, and education reform, among others

♦ $675 million to support a major modernization of Johns Hopkins facilities, including construction or renovation of more than 4.2 million square feet in 24 buildings in the Baltimore- Washington area and in Italy and China

♦ $1.27 billion to back research initiatives in population health, basic sciences, cell engineering, information security, nanobiotechnology, world and U.S. history, the African diaspora, sudden cardiac death, micronutrients, measles, behavioral health, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer and women in politics, among others.

See also "Impact of the Knowledge for the World Campaign"


Related Web sites

Information on the impact of Knowledge for the World
List of largest higher education campaigns


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