Investing in Global Leaders

Launched in October 2013, The Lauder Institute Challenge: Investing in Global Leaders is the Institute’s inaugural fundraising and engagement campaign. The goal for this five-year campaign: Raise $10 million from alumni and friends, to be matched dollar for dollar by the Lauder family, for a total of $20 million. The Lauder community accomplished an amazing feat, surpassing this goal in under three years. The Lauder family was so impressed by your generosity that they have provided another $5 million to help us raise a total of $30 million.

Achieving this goal will have a tremendous impact on our ability to do what the Institute already does so well: developing fresh and innovative curriculum, attracting top student talent, and meeting the needs of the international business community for leaders with truly global backgrounds.

Accessibility Through Student Fellowships

Competition for student talent is intense, and many students seriously consider financial aid packages when choosing a program. The Lauder Institute is committed to helping students finance their degrees; however, the pool of grant aid falls well below student need, leaving many to shoulder heavy debt burdens. A successful campaign will allow the Institute to increase endowed fellowships for the benefit of more students. Your $125,000 gift, matched dollar for dollar with Lauder Challenge funds, will create a named scholarship endowed fund totaling $250,000.


The Lauder Institute continually challenges itself to surpass expectations, with much energy channeled into curricular and co-curricular innovations – distinctive programs that offer the most effective means for learning in a global environment. With an eye on today’s requirements and in anticipation of tomorrow’s needs, the Institute is always developing new learning opportunities to better understand the multinational, multicultural, and multidisciplinary business environment.


As the Lauder Institute maintains and grows its position as the preeminent international business program, it must increase the awareness of its unmatched programming, influential alumni community, and expert faculty. In marketing terms: The Institute must support and promote its premier brand. These efforts will not only raise the profile of the Institute among the general population, it will also enhance Lauder’s reputation among potential employers and prospective students.

The Institute is calling on all Lauder alumni to pledge their support for its future, reinforcing the momentous value of the Lauder experience and degree. Your commitment is needed so that the Lauder Institute can continue educating new generations of business leaders to become fluent in the global language of business, culture, and politics. The Challenge provides additional benefits of great value: connecting the broader Lauder community – alumni and students worldwide – and providing new opportunities to grow intellectually and professionally.

The Lauder Institute is a world-renowned leader in global business education with an innovative interdisciplinary approach that has become a hallmark of Penn.

Amy Gutmann, President, University of Pennsylvania

We’ve shattered our five-year goal in less than three years! In recognition of the incredible dedication of alumni and friends in supporting the Institute, the Lauder family has extended the Challenge by providing another $5 million to match all gifts — from annual giving to endowed funds. Be counted in our goal of raising $30 million for the Lauder Institute!