Goal: 500 Donors
Progress to Goal: 515 Donors
As 2016 draws to a close, effective public leadership is a global concern. You can help. Harvard Kennedy School alumni are coming together to help educate the next generation of leaders by supporting the One for All Challenge.
We hope you, too, will make a gift and help us reach our goal of 500 donors, all in support of Harvard Kennedy School's very important mission: to help people lead safer, healthier, and more prosperous lives.
Additionally, your support has extra impact this week. If 500 people donate to the HKS Fund by midnight on Thursday, December 8, an anonymous alumna will contribute an additional $200,000.
Read the stories below to learn how your gift can support financial aid, summer internships, and other School priorities, such as digital technology and governance.
Navbahor Imamova MC/MPA 2017 and Mason Fellow is a native of Uzbekistan, a region where authoritarianism is entrenched, corruption rife, and access to information restricted. Navbahor has dedicated her life— first as a reporter for state-controlled media in Uzbekistan and, more recently, as a producer for Voice of America in Washington, DC—to providing unbiased news to a region that was not accustomed to a free press.
“I want to continue to alter the media landscape in Central Asia and, to do this, I need new knowledge, broader skills, a global network, and a wider intellectual aperture. And that’s where Harvard Kennedy School comes in.”
Navbahor, like nearly 60 percent of HKS students, is able to attend HKS because she receives financial aid from the Kennedy School.
DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND GOVERNANCE
Digital technology has the potential to improve government services and political process but its use in the public arena lags dramatically behind its effectiveness in the private sector. The Kennedy School aims to change this by training current and future leaders in the effective use of digital technology. We have created new courses and have opened searches for several new faculty members who will bring their energy, experience, and ideas to drive change across fields and HKS’s research centers.
HKS used unrestricted funding—including donations in all amounts from alumni—as seed funding to jumpstart this critical initiative.
Internships are crucial in helping students translate theory to practice. Alumni support is vital to helping students who may not be able to afford a summer of unpaid work serve the public good and advance their training.
Thanks to the generosity of alumni, students have interned in the private and public sectors without taking on debt to do so. Some examples of internships include the evaluation of psychosocial health practices in Indonesia, the restoration of elementary education in neighborhoods damaged by Hurricane Katrina, and laying the groundwork for developing wind energy in México.