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Harvard Posts $298 Million Surplus in 2019

University revenues rose to $5.5 billion, a 6 percent increase, according to the report. The largest source of University revenue was distributions from Harvard’s more than $40 billion endowment, which made up 35 percent of total revenue.

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After More Than a Year of Uncertainty, IRS Releases Proposed Guidance on Filing Endowment Tax

After more than a year of uncertainty, the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed guidance on Friday for higher education institutions — including Harvard — required to pay a new tax on their endowments.

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Central Administration

A New Day for Divestment

Student activism at Harvard has evolved over the years, and while divestment is nothing new, it’s now become students’ favorite tactic.

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University Finances

Harvard-Affiliated Hedge Fund to Shut Down

The fund announced its decision to “terminate the business of the funds and wind up its affairs” in an April letter to investors, but did not specify the precise reason the fund is closing, the Wall Street Journal reported last week.

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In Years Since 2008 Recession, Harvard Paid Down Debt, Built Reserves

Harvard has reduced its debt load by roughly $1 billion and increased its reserves in preparation for a potential future recession, University Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Finance Thomas J. Hollister said in an interview Wednesday.

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Harvard Invests Millions in New Cryptocurrency

Harvard Management Company is now investing in a new cryptocurrency, Blockstack, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings released Wednesday, a move some experts have said is still unusual for investors of its magnitude.

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New Harvard Management Company Website Removes Divestment Information, Defends Natural Resources Holdings

Harvard Management Company updated its website within the last month to remove any mention of past instances of divestment and to include references to its protocols on its investment in land and agriculture.

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After Local Outcry, a Harvard-Owned Vineyard Project Faces Environmental Review

Among some of the corporations that have expanded into the region in recent years is an unlikely investor — the Harvard Management Company. HMC, the University’s investment arm, oversees Harvard’s nearly $40 billion endowment.

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University Finances

Harvard Invests Heavily in Tech Stocks Compared to Other Top Endowments

Harvard Management Company, the University’s investment arm, invests more heavily in technology companies than the other four largest university endowments in the country, according to the most recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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Harvard Raised Record-Breaking $1.42 Billion in FY 2018

Harvard raised $1.42 billion in fiscal year 2018, the University’s largest-ever annual fundraising sum, and a higher education record. The total represents a more than 10 percent growth over its fiscal year 2017 donation income.

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University Finances

Harvard Management Company Participates in Methane Emissions Reduction Working Group

Amid Harvard’s dismissal of calls for fossil fuel divestment, Harvard Management Company — the group that oversees the University’s $39.2 billion endowment — has been one of the lead investors in a methane emissions reduction working group started in 2017.

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Corp. Voted on Social Media, Corporate Tax Policy Shareholder Proposals in 2018

Harvard voted on shareholder proposals concerning digital media content and corporate tax policy for the first time in 2018, among a series of other issues that have previously arisen, according to the University’s annual shareholder responsibility report published Tuesday.

He Jiankui

Chinese Researcher Who Said He Gene-Edited Babies Breaks Week of Silence, Vows to Defend Work

He Jiankui vowed to defend his work in an email to The Crimson Wednesday. He's email appeared to mark his first public communication in at least a week — and came after multiple news outlets reported the scientist had seemingly gone missing.

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Harvard Medical School

Bacow Talks 'Difficult Times for Higher Education' at Medical School Symposium

University President Lawrence S. Bacow praised the Medical School’s health policy department and discussed the importance of higher education at a symposium at the school Tuesday.

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School of Public Health

Harvard School of Public Health Turns to Corporate Research Funding As Federal Support Stagnates

While this arrangement offers a new source of much-needed funding, it also raises challenging ethical and management questions for the school.