In three years, Harvard amassed $600 million in alumni donations, which will go toward financial aid, global outreach endeavors, and educational technology, amongst other things. The allocation to financial aid, a whopping $114 million, will directly benefit eighty percent of their students. Such aids allow students to graduate with less debt, allowing them more freedom to pursue non-profit endeavors, should they so choose. Securing this large sum in the form of donations took three years worth of personal one-on-one visits to alumni, to explain the goal of the campaign. However, they managed it, the amazing thing is that they did.
$600 million. Wow.
Source: HBS Campaign Pays Off