Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania received $19,772,237 in donations from Qatari and Saudi entities over the past two years, including from both nation’s governments, according to data collected by the Department of Education.
Under federal law, colleges and universities that receive donations from foreign sources that total at least $250,000 must disclose such transactions to the Department of Education.
According to each college’s self-reported data, which was reviewed by the Washington Examiner, Harvard and UPenn received a combined $13,442,954 from Saudi sources in 2022 and 2023, including from its government. Harvard received the bulk of the donations, receiving $10,919,274 over the past two years, including a $2,208,928 donation from the Middle Eastern nation’s government that it reported in June and which lasts through the rest of the year.
UPenn, meanwhile, received $2,523,680 from Saudi sources but has only received one donation from the nation’s government, a $1,247,323 donation given to the school in February 2022.
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