Light & Verity

Capital idea

As Yale prepares to launch a new capital campaign, we review the numbers on the previous three.

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Yale will publicly launch a major capital campaign on October 2, at 2 pm Eastern time, with what the development office describes as an “interactive online experience broadcast live from Yale’s iconic Commons to the entire global Yale community.” Besides finding out the particulars of the campaign—including the multibillion-dollar goal—expect musical performances, virtual tours, and a “global roll call” of alumni, parents, and friends. You can register for the event at While you’re waiting, here are the numbers on Yale’s last three capital campaigns, in both real and inflation-adjusted dollars.

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