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Johns Hopkins University Endowment Fund

Name: Rise to the Challenge: the Campaign for Johns Hopkins

Assets Under Management:  $3.43 Billion (Source: Baltimore Business Journal on 6/30/2013)

Annual Report:  Johns Hopkins University Endowment Fund’s Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report

Portfolio Insights: “The total transformation of the Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer Office (JHTT) has continued and has demonstrated results that allowed us to reach new highs in every performance parameter. Our performance has been noticed by many of our peer institutions, all of whom are inquiring about basic processes that have driven our performance transformation. We believe we have world-class processes and information systems in place to allow us tighter and cost-effective legal oversight as well as licensing and deal-making capabilities.

Three years ago, we identified the lack of translational research as a barrier to creating more value in our intellectual property (IP). Since then, JHTT partnered with the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Department of Biomedical Engineering to win a major Coulter Translational Research Partnership grant. At the same time, JHTT worked with the Office of Government Affairs and helped pass the Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII), a
partnership between the State of Maryland and local academic research institutions to promote commercialization.” (Source)

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Top Johns Hopkins University Endowment Fund (Rise to the Challenge: the Campaign for Johns Hopkins) Headlines:

1) Johns Hopkins aims to advance human knowledge, solve global problems, and enhance the student experience with $4.5 billion to be raised in a new campaign announced this month.

The joint fundraising effort by the university and health system—the institutions’ largest ever—is called Rising to the Challenge: The Campaign for Johns Hopkins. It seeks to create as many as 300 endowed professorships and generate $753 million for financial aid and fellowships. It also will support interdisciplinary research teams seeking answers to vexing worldwide problems in areas such as health, education, water resources, and revitalization of cities.

The campaign has raised $1.94 billion, or 43 percent of the goal, since its “quiet phase” began in January 2010. Now that it has been publicly announced, the aim is to complete the effort in 2017. (Source)

2) Johns Hopkins University, a top 20 research university by most measures, has a per student value of its endowment of only $136,736.  New York University and University of Southern California have both made major improvements over the last generation, and have gross endowments of two to three billion, roughly; yet the per student value of their endowments are quite low, relative to the competition.  USC has a per student endowment of $95,311, while NYU is even lower, at $55,540 (which sheds some light, I suspect, on why the administration there fights unionization so aggressively–it needs cheap labor to do the undergraduate teaching, while still being able to recruit top-flight research faculty). (Source)

3) Johns Hopkins University is a private institution that was founded in 1876. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,251 and the campus size is 140 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Johns Hopkins University’s ranking in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 12. Its tuition and fees are $47,060 (2014-15).

Johns Hopkins University has four main campuses in and around Baltimore. The Homewood Campus, located next to the eclectic neighborhood of Charles Village, is the primary campus for undergraduates, and three other campuses house various graduate schools. Hopkins also has three additional campuses for its School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.; Bologna, Italy; and Nanjing, China. The Hopkins Blue Jays compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference, but they are perhaps best known for their consistently dominant men’s lacrosse team, which competes in NCAA Division I competitions. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live in on-campus residences. There is a sizeable Greek community with a membership of more than 1,000 students. (Source)

4) The Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation (together, “Johns Hopkins,” the “Institution,” or the “Institutions”) are committed to the highest standards of conduct in research, teaching, clinical care, professional practice, business transactions, and other activities that support their core missions. Relationships with the commercial sector play an important role in supporting the Institutions’ missions, and institutional financial interests arise in the normal course of Institutional operations. However, these financial interests should not compromise the Institutions’ standards or integrity or unduly influence decisions in any activity at Johns Hopkins. Potential conflicts of interest between the Institutions’ primary objectives and its financial interests must be identified and properly managed with policies and procedures that support integrity and advance the Institution’s missions. The purpose of this policy is to set forth the standards and procedures for reporting and review of potential Institutional conflicts of interest (“ICOIs”). (Source)

5) Catherine DeAngelis, M.D. — editor-in-chief of JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Scientific Publications and Multimedia Applications and former vice dean for academic affairs and faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine — has designated a $100,000 grant for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center to establish the Dr. Cathy DeAngelis Endowment Fund.

“Dr. DeAngelis’ generosity is greatly appreciated and we are thankful she designated her gift for Child Life,” said Edward D. Miller, M.D., Dean/CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Our mission here is not only excellence in medical research and training. We strive for exceptional patient care, especially for our youngest patients, and child life is a crucial element in helping children heal.”

The Ronald McDonald House Charities’ awarded DeAngelis $100,000 when she won the Medical Award of Excellence on Nov. 1 at its annual gala in Rosemont, Ill., for her contributions in pediatric medicine. DeAngelis, who is a professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins, proposed that the award funds to be used to seed the new endowment fund and encourage other donors to contribute to the Child Life program. (Source)


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