Philanthropy provides 96 percent of Radcliffe’s operating income, funding Harvard Radcliffe Institute fellows, students, researchers, and public programs. As one of the world’s leading centers for interdisciplinary research, we are dependent upon the generosity and partnership of our donor community to accomplish our mission.
Gifts of all sizes advance Radcliffe’s efforts to bring together students, scholars, and practitioners to engage with questions that demand cross-disciplinary exploration. In recognition of our history as Radcliffe College and the role the Institute plays as a key convener, all gifts to Radcliffe from undergraduate University alumni are recognized by the Harvard College Fund.
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“From the start, I always thought of my Radcliffe experience almost like a fifth class—which you get paid for. It always felt too good to be true, and it’s been such a treat to be part of it.”
“It means a lot to me that the archivists at the Schlesinger always have valued and actively collected the papers of women of color, from Charlotte Hawkins Brown to the Black Women Oral History Project. I can think of no better place than here to deposit my own family papers.”
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“My being at Radcliffe, in an environment where people bring such wholly different perspectives, has helped pull me out of my government, bureaucratic navel-gazing. It has helped me to look up rather than back and to try to write something that’s more enduring, more forward-looking.”
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