Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) received a generous gift of $300 million from Kenneth C. Griffin, an American billionaire, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. The donation is one of the largest gifts in the history of Harvard and will be used to support the FAS’s mission of advancing research and education across various fields.
In recognition of this significant contribution, FAS will be renamed as the Kenneth C. Griffin Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The new name honors Griffin’s philanthropic endeavors and his commitment to making a positive impact in society.
Griffin’s donation will be used to establish an endowment fund, which will support various initiatives across the FAS. The fund will provide financial aid to undergraduate and graduate students, support research in areas such as climate change, technology, and public policy, and enable the recruitment of talented faculty members.
Griffin’s contribution will not only have a significant impact on the FAS but will also benefit the wider Harvard community and society as a whole. The donation will enable the FAS to continue to attract and support talented individuals, conduct cutting-edge research, and contribute to finding solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
In a statement, Griffin said, “I am honored to support the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard and its mission to advance knowledge and understanding across a wide range of disciplines. I hope that this gift will inspire others to invest in the future of education and research, and to help create a better world for all.”
Griffin’s philanthropic efforts have been widely recognized, and he has previously made significant contributions to various institutions, including the University of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.