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May 2, 2002
6:30 P.M. EDT ON
CONTACT: Dennis O'Shea
(410) 516-7160 | dro@jhu.edu

The Johns Hopkins Campaign: Knowledge for the World
Fact Sheet

Goal: The goal of "The Johns Hopkins Campaign: Knowledge for the World" is to raise $2 billion in private funds. The campaign's aim is to better position Johns Hopkins, within an increasingly complex and globalized society, to teach, discover, and put knowledge to work for humanity. Gifts will be used to build and renovate facilities, increase endowment for student aid and faculty support, and advance research, academic and clinical initiatives of the Johns Hopkins Institutions (The Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System).

Priorities: All divisions of the university seek to increase endowment for undergraduate and graduate financial aid, to endow new named professorships, and to support research and academic programs. Capital priorities at Johns Hopkins Medicine include new research buildings, a new children's and maternal building, and a cardiovascular and critical care building. Elsewhere, capital priorities include completion of campus renovations at the Peabody Institute and renovation of Gilman Hall at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Duration: The public phase of the Johns Hopkins Campaign begins on Saturday, May 4, 2002. The campaign is to conclude in the year 2007.

Advance Gifts: Trustees of the university and the health system authorized the institutions to accept gifts for the campaign beginning July 1, 2000. Since then, lead donors have demonstrated their support and enthusiasm with advance pledges and gifts. To date, advance gifts and pledges total more than $728 million, or more than 36 percent of the total goal.

The largest advance gift was $150 million pledged last year by Jones Apparel Group founder Sidney Kimmel for cancer research and patient care at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Kimmel's gift is the largest in Johns Hopkins history.

Other lead gifts during the advance phase of the campaign included:

an anonymous $100 million to the Bloomberg School of Public Health to establish the Johns Hopkins Malaria Institute and fund a 10-year effort to develop a new malaria vaccine and drugs. This gift is tied for second-largest in Johns Hopkins history.

anonymous gifts to the School of Medicine of $58.5 million to establish the Institute for Cell Engineering, the fourth-largest single gift in Johns Hopkins history, and $15 million (the second installment in a gift of $30 million) to create the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences.

two grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation totaling $44.9 to the Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2000; $21.4 million was to support research on measles vaccine and $23.5 million to support research on vitamins and micronutrients.

an anonymous $10 million in 2000 for creation of the Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute, based in the Whiting School of Engineering.

an anonymous $10 million in 2000 for renovations and additions at the Peabody Institute.

$9.9 million from the Pew Charitable Trusts to the university's Phoebe R. Berman Bioethics Institute in 2002 to establish the Genetics and Public Policy Center.

$3.9 million from the Pew Charitable Trusts to the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies to extend a fellowship program in international affairs for U.S. journalists.

$2 million to the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences from alumnus Felix Posen, a retired business executive from London, to endow a professorship in modern Jewish history.

an anonymous $1.8 million to the Sheridan Libraries to endow a fund for acquisitions in the humanities.

$1.6 million from the Goldman Sachs Foundation to Hopkins' Center for Talented Youth to expand its support for high achieving youngsters from under-represented backgrounds to enroll in the center's programs for the academically gifted.

$1.4 million to the Institute for Policy Studies from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to support development of a management information system focused on the foundation's programs promoting responsible fatherhood.

$1.2 million from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to support community health initiatives at the School of Nursing.

Why a new campaign now: "We seek to build on the momentum of our last campaign to address both the unprecedented opportunities and unprecedented challenges before us," said William R. Brody, president of the university. Among the opportunities are explosive growth in fields such as genetics, cell engineering, neuroscience and information technology. These open fantastic possibilities for improving human health and standards of living. Among the challenges are bioterrorism, information security and other threats to national security; threats to political and economic stability; environmental and climatic change; and threats to human rights. Johns Hopkins is also challenged by critically outdated facilities for education, research and patient care. "We pledge a 'return on investment' that will make Hopkins' philanthropic partners proud to be part of one of the world's great enterprises," Brody said.

The campaign's name: The name "Johns Hopkins Campaign: Knowledge for the World" has its roots in the origins of Johns Hopkins. In February 1876, Daniel Coit Gilman, the first president of the university, formally took office and laid out plans for a radically different educational institution. Gilman wanted his university to do more than just teach, more than just pass along old knowledge to the next generation. He added a new mission: discovery, the creation of knowledge, and the use of that knowledge for the good of humanity. "What are we aiming at?" he asked in his inaugural speech. "The advancement of individual scholars, who by their excellence will advance the sciences they pursue, and the society where they dwell." That remains the Johns Hopkins mission today, and today's Johns Hopkins -- the first American research university -- has adopted a simple, but powerful, restatement of Gilman's words: "Knowledge for the World."

Goals by unit: Johns Hopkins Medicine (consisting of the university's School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System) has set a goal of $1 billion; the Bloomberg School of Public Health seeks $500 million; goals for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering are, respectively, $250 million and $150 million.

The balance of the funds sought in "The Johns Hopkins Campaign: Knowledge for the World" will benefit the School of Nursing, Peabody Institute, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, School of Professional Studies in Business and Education, Sheridan Libraries, Berman Bioethics Institute, Institute for Policy Studies, Center for Talented Youth and Johns Hopkins University Press.

Previous campaigns: The Johns Hopkins Initiative was publicly launched in October 1994, with a goal of $900 million. It ended June 30, 2000, with an actual total of $1.52 billion in commitments -- a Johns Hopkins record -- from more than 100,000 alumni, friends, corporations, foundations and organizations. Previously, the Campaign for Johns Hopkins was publicly launched in September 1984 and lasted until February 1990. The campaign raised a then-record $644 million, 43 percent more than the original goal of $450 million.

Related Links
Johns Hopkins Sets $2 Billion Campaign Goal
Johns Hopkins Medicine Sets $1 Billion Campaign Goal
Largest Individual Gifts to the Johns Hopkins Institutions (as of May 2002)

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