University Finances


Harvard Endowment Value Falls $2.3 Billion Following First Negative Returns Since 2016

The value of Harvard University’s endowment fell by $2.3 billion in fiscal year 2022 after the Harvard Management Company delivered a 1.8 percent loss on its investments — its first year of negative returns since 2016.


By the Numbers: Harvard’s FY 2022 Financials

In fiscal year 2022, the value of Harvard’s endowment dropped by $2.3 billion while the University’s revenue streams rebounded. See the highlights from Harvard’s Annual Financial Report below.


Harvard Has Reported Positive Endowment Returns for Five Straight Years. That Could Change this Year.

With high inflation and rising interest rates rattling financial markets, the Harvard Management Company, the University’s investment arm, could be on the brink of delivering its first negative annual returns in five years.


Harvard Bolsters Investments in Google, Semiconductor Industry

The Harvard Management Company shored up its investments in the technology industry last quarter, boosting its shares of Alphabet — the parent company of Google — by nearly 40 percent while increasing its holdings in the semiconductor companies.


GOP Congressman Takes Aim at Harvard’s Potential Endowment Links to Chinese Companies

U.S. Representative Gregory F. Murphy (R-N.C.) called on Harvard to disclose and divest its endowment from any potential holdings in Chinese companies deemed a threat to national security by the federal government in a letter to the school last week.


Divest Harvard Releases Report Calling for ‘Reinvestment,’ University Governance Reform

Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard — a student and alumni group that for years advocated that the University divest its endowment from fossil fuels — released a report last week calling on the school to invest more in environmental causes and local municipal governments and to reform its governing boards.


Harvard CFO Says the University’s Revenues Have ‘Rebounded’ to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer Thomas J. Hollister said the University’s revenues have “rebounded” to pre-pandemic levels, placing Harvard in a “healthy” financial condition, in an interview last Thursday.


IT Oversight Left Thousands of Harvard Internal Files Vulnerable — Again

Last fall, a massive security oversight allowed anyone with a Harvard key access tens of thousands of administrative files. Up until recently, a second data insecurity allowed Harvard affiliates to still view thousands of documents.


Endowment Scraps Apple, Slashes Facebook Holdings in Fourth Quarter

HMC’s acquisitions and liquidations were reported in its latest filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which requires investment managers who oversee more than $100 million in assets to disclose their public securities portfolio each quarter.


Harvard Management Company Operations Set to Become Carbon Neutral

The Harvard Management Company will be carbon neutral in its internal operations for fiscal year 2022 — a first among university endowment offices in the United States — according to the company report released Thursday.


Ten Stories That Shaped 2021

At Harvard, 2021 was a year marked by change. The school’s long-awaited return to in-person operations injected new life into a campus that had been left dormant for over a year by Covid-19. And in an unexpected shift, the University announced its intention to divest its endowment from fossil fuels after a decade of public pressure. Separately, faculty controversies — including a federal conviction and a high-profile departure — ignited debates that rippled across academia. Below, The Crimson looks back at the 10 stories that shaped the last year at Harvard.


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