Skip Navigation
Home > News > National Humanities Center Announces Capital Campaign

National Humanities Center Announces Capital Campaign

November 1, 2011 - On October 20, 2011, the National Humanities Center announced the public launch of a capital campaign to raise $13 million and increase the resources available for its fellowship, education, and outreach programs.

This announcement marks the beginning of the public phase of Where The Humanities Take Root: The Campaign for the National Humanities Center. The Center has been quietly raising funds since last year and has currently received nearly $9.7 million in gifts and pledges. Among those gifts is a donation of $3 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of the Center's fellowship programs. Funds from this gift will be matched with contributions from other donors to create four new endowed fellowships for advanced study at the Center.

"We are honored to receive this gift from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which is historically very selective in the contributions it makes," said Geoffrey Harpham, president and director of the National Humanities Center. "The Foundation has been a generous supporter of the Center throughout our history and its participation in this capital campaign represents a strong vote of confidence in our future, and the future of the humanities."

Through this campaign, the Center seeks to:

  • increase the number of endowed fellowships it offers
  • ensure that its fellowships are suitably funded
  • complete its extensive library of digital resources for teaching American history and culture
  • double the size of its online seminar program (with a goal of 50 sessions per year, for 1,500 teachers with up to 400,000 students)
  • extend public outreach programs

The Campaign for the National Humanities Center began in the fall of 2010 and will conclude in 2014.  For more information, see the Center announcement.  [This article posted by: Jessica Irons.]