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. 

Donations from readers like you make up 1/3 of our operating costs.

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 issues affecting the University and its global community. 
  • report on the latest in research being done at Harvard.
  • report on Harvard students and faculty who are making a difference around the world. 
  • hire Harvard College undergraduates to report on the student perspective during the academic year and during the summer. See the Ledecky Fellowship and Summer Fellowship pages for more information.
  • produce special editions like the expanded coverage of the 375th Anniversary of Harvard College.