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Why is the Annual Fund important?

Alumni participation in the Annual Fund demonstrates that Harvard Law School graduates believe in the mission of the School.

Your gift acts as a vote of confidence, demonstrating that alumni support the leadership of the Law School and the activities at HLS. Moreover, alumni participation serves to bring HLS graduates together for a common purpose: maintaining Harvard Law School’s tradition of excellence.

Gifts of unrestricted dollars to the Annual Fund are critical in meeting the Law School’s daily needs.

Unrestricted gifts provide a crucial bridge between tuition revenue and the actual cost of running the School, offering relief to the operating budget and directly affecting students, faculty and numerous programs across the Law School. Most importantly, unrestricted gifts, regardless of the size, allow the Dean to respond to the School’s most pressing financial concerns and provide the flexibility to seize unique and important opportunities.

Harvard Law School Annual Fund: History & Purpose

The HLS Fund was created in 1950 by the late Dean Erwin N. Griswold ’28, S.J.D. ’29, LL.D. ’53 as the outgrowth of a two-year campaign to help support scholarships, fellowships, research and the library. More than sixty years and over $180 million later, the same areas, as well as many new exciting projects, continue to benefit from annual giving. The financial stability of HLS is the direct result of support from its alumni, ensuring that HLS can withstand economic adversity and minimize the impact of fiscal fluctuations on the Law School community.

Read more about how to designate your Annual Fund gift to one of our three impact areas.