HPRgument: The Ethics of Donating to Harvard

Introduction

Upon a $150 million donation to Harvard College by Kenneth Griffin – unprecedented in the institution's history – some members of the Harvard community and the national media exclaimed in awe, while others let out cries of frustration. What are the ethics of donating to Harvard, which has the largest university endowment in the world? More generally, is it morally respectable to donate to already well-endowed beneficiaries? HPR writers share their opinions. photo: Flickr


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