Harvard donations: Down, not up

By Felix Salmon
September 16, 2009
posted a chart which I thought showed donations to Harvard University rising substantially over the past couple of years, to over $1.6 billion a year. Boy was I wrong. As the Crimson reports, Harvard received $602 million in gifts this past fiscal year—an 8 percent year-on-year decline.

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On Friday, I posted a chart which I thought showed donations to Harvard University rising substantially over the past couple of years, to over $1.6 billion a year. Boy was I wrong. As the Crimson reports, Harvard received $602 million in gifts this past fiscal year—an 8 percent year-on-year decline.

My commenters picked up on the mistake very quickly, but unfortunately I missed those comments: I rushed to meet Bob Millman for wine that afternoon, and then disappeared off to a wedding for most of the weekend, and by the time I got back the comments on the Harvard post were quite far down the list. Which is no excuse: I really should have been on top of this.

So many apologies for not updating the post in a timely manner, and for not paying enough attention to my astute and perspicacious commenters. You guys are the best, and I definitely screwed this one up.

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Thanks for making the correction and apologizing, however belatedly. Nobody’s perfect and I think we all appreciate you doing your best.

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