“With today’s gift, [Len Blavatnik] now ranks among the leading benefactors in Harvard history. The $200-million pledge is not quite at the level of the naming gifts for the schools of engineering and applied sciences ($400 million) and public health ($350 million)—and naming an entity like HMS would certainly require an even more stupendous commitment—but Blavatnik’s cumulative philanthropy ($10 million, $50 million, and now $200 million) now places him just above Hansjörg Wyss, M.B.A. ’65, whose dual $125-million gifts have funded an eponymous program in bioengineering. And fundraisers have to be thrilled by the trajectory of Blavatnik’s support.
In recognition, HMS has named an umbrella research institute, comprising the school’s 10 academic departments, the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School.”
Any gift that will save lives is a good gift.
Post by Marcelino Pantoja