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Why We Need Your Support

We are dedicated to creating a Harvard Magazine of the highest quality. Your donations ensure the magazine’s service to you and help us extend awareness of Harvard University’s contributions to others in the community and the world. Journalism of this quality and depth, like the University’s superb research and teaching, requires additional support.

Through the pages of the bimonthly Harvard Magazine and online, we report on the intellectual work of the University—one of the premier research and teaching institutions in the world—and help keep alumni, faculty, staff, and other readers informed about the events and policies that will shape Harvard’s future, affect higher education, and influence the wider world.

We hope you, our readers, will continue to support the magazine’s unusual, invaluable freedom to report on your behalf with editorial independence and integrity. 

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Contributions from our readers are enormously important. They provide one-third of our operating revenue and are used solely to support the magazine and its mission of keeping alumni connected to the University and each other.

Putting Your Gifts to Work

Our primary responsibility is to you, our readers—beginning with Harvard alumni, who founded this publication in 1898 and continue to support it today.

The criterion for a Harvard Magazine story is simple: is it good for readers? Something that will help readers understand the University, or see how students and faculty interact today, or learn how new research enhances knowledge and the ability to effect change, or will enrich their appreciation of fellow members of this great, global University community?

Donations from readers enable Harvard Magazine to:

  • go in-depth when covering challenging current scholarship on issues affecting the University and its global community alike (see “The Authoritarian Reflex,” from the March-April 2020 issue). 
  • report on the latest in research being done at Harvard—as in “New England’s Forest Primeval” (posted online on January 20), presenting evidence that upends a decades-long consensus about how Native Americans managed the land—and has implications for the environment today.
  • report on Harvard students and faculty who are making a difference around the world. See “Your Tech Relationship Counselor,” in the January-February 2020 issue, about Washington Post technology columnist Geoffrey Fowler ’00, who assesses whether our many personal devices are “really working for us” and tackles the “great reckoning” with privacy.
  • hire Harvard College undergraduates to report on the student perspective during the academic year and during the summer. See the Ledecky Fellowship and Steiner Fellowship pages for more information.
  • produce special editions like the expanded coverage of the 375th Anniversary of Harvard College.

Other Ways to Support the Magazine

Planned Giving

For many donors, a bequest is the most realistic way of making a significant gift to the magazine. An unrestricted bequest intended for the general purposes of the magazine may read simply:

I give (_______dollars/_______percent, or all, of the residue of my estate) to Harvard Magazine Inc., a Massachusetts charitable corporation.

Harvard Magazine Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Our tax identification number is 04-6112-308. Please contact us directly for more information via e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (617) 496-6694.

Special Gifts

Special gifts from alumni have enabled Harvard Magazine to expand its coverage in ways that would have been impossible otherwise. Read about some of these special gifts here. To find out more about how you can make an impact with a special gift, please contact Felecia Carter by phone at 617-496-6694 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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The Harvard Management Company handles the transfer of securities for Harvard Magazine Inc. For more details, you can contact them at 1-866-845-6596 or the fundraising department of Harvard Magazine at 617-496-6694.

Matching Gifts

Increase the value of your gift by donating through your company’s gift-matching program. To find out if your company (or your spouse’s) has a gift-matching program, ask your human-resources office. Please contact Allison Kern by phone 617-496-9780 or by e-mail at [email protected] if you have further questions.

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