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.

This Lauder family and alumni partnership has 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.


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.

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 Institute calls 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 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

835 alumni donors and counting!

In recognition of the incredible dedication of alumni and friends supporting the Institute, the Lauder family extended the Challenge by providing funds to match all gifts through December 31, 2018 — from annual giving to endowed funds —  with the hopes that every person in this community will participate.

Be counted in The Lauder Institute Challenge!