Apparently Harvard University--even with its $26 billion endowment--has fallen on some tough times. Last week, the New York Times ran a story that noted some of the tough decisions Harvard has made lately, including reduced availability of hot breakfasts and no more cookies at faculty meetings. Today comes word that Harvard has opened up bidding on naming rights. With prices starting in the low five figures, Harvard is offering you the opportunity to name venerable parts of the institution after yourself!
So, if you've always dreamed of the Harvard Law School reading room bearing your name, and if you've got $10,000,000 laying around to pay for it, now's the time to go for it. But if you're a little hard-up right now, check this out: The Generation Project offers naming rights on ALL your gifts to kids in low-income areas--regardless of the price.
Don't believe us? Check out the screenshots below from our gift creation application, replete with fake gifts from two people who have been in the news lately. (My fellow Michigan football fans will recognize the shoelace reference, the rest of you can educate yourselves here).
SAMPLE GIFT #1:
I mean, he's got $1.4 million to give to charity, right?
SAMPLE GIFT #2:
So, yeah. Why not login to our community section and design your own gift today? It may not be as prestigious at a gift to Harvard, but it can be cheaper, will still bear your name, and will go directly to kids who really need it. And, who knows? Maybe your gift will end up making the difference in a kid's life, setting her on the path to Harvard.
(Or Princeton, I guess, if cookie consumption by faculty is a factor in her college decision).