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20 US Universities That Raised The Most Money In 2017

Harvard University, known for its aggressive fundraising campaign, raised an all-time high $1.28 billion in the fiscal year 2017, surpassing fundraising totals from 2016 and topping Stanford University’s fundraising total ($1.13 billion) for a second consecutive year.

In 2017, Harvard and Stanford were the only two universities to surpass the $1 billion mark, , according to the Council for Aid to Education (CAE).

In the past, Stanford has traditionally topped Harvard’s charitable contributions, outpacing Harvard 9 out of the past 12 years.

The list of 20 institutions includes 5 Ivy League universities: Yale University ($595.89 million), Columbia University ($603.08 million), the University of Pennsylvania ($626.49 million), Cornell University ($743.5 million), and Harvard University ($1.28 billion).

Donations to American colleges and universities totaled $43.6 billion in 2017, displacing the $41 billion total set in 2016.

The 20 US Universities That Raised The Most Money in 2017

RankInstitutionTotal raised
1Harvard University$1.28 billion
2Stanford University$1.13 billion
3Cornell University$743.50 million
4Massachusetts Institute of Technology$672.94 million
5University of Southern California$668.33 million
6Johns Hopkins University$636.91 million
7University of Pennsylvania$626.49 million
8Columbia University$603.08 million
9Yale University$595.89 million
10Duke University$581.05 million
11New York University$567.12 million
12University of Washington$553.89 million
13University of California-Los Angeles$550.93 million
14University of Chicago$483.47 million
15University of Michigan$456.13 million
16University of Notre Dame$451.43 million
17University of California-San Francisco$422.17 million
18University of California-Berkeley$404.59 million
19Ohio State University$401.85 million
20Indiana University$398.26 million

Amount Raised From Different Sources, 2017

SourceTotalPercentage of total
Alumni$11.37 billion26.1%
Nonalumni individuals$7.86 billion18.0%
Corporations$6.60 billion15.1%
Foundations$13.13 billion30.1%
Other$4.64 billion10.6%
TOTAL$43.6 billion


Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
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