Dartmouth College has announced an anonymous $100 million gift—the largest one-time donation in the liberal arts college’s history. As part of the gift’s challenge, fifty percent of each new contribution to Dartmouth will be matched until December 31, 2015.
“This investment will support our goal of keeping Dartmouth best-in-class in teaching and learning and broaden the reach of our faculty-driven scholarship and research,” wrote Philip J. Hanlon, President, Dartmouth College, in an email to faculty. “One half of the gift will support an important strategy to bring the most promising new talent to campus to help to cluster intellectual capital in areas where Dartmouth stands to have a game-changing impact.”
In 2001, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute received a $360 million anonymous donation, which is considered to be the largest anonymous gift ever to a college or university. In 2007, Robert A. Day donated $200 million to Claremont McKenna College, the largest publicly announced gift to a liberal arts institution in the United States.