A History of Giving at Henley

30 July 2015

A History of Giving at Henley

Philanthropy and giving have a history at Henley that goes back to its very beginning. Even today, as the School celebrates its 70th anniversary, it remains key to its current and future status as high-ranking business education institution.

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Philanthropy and giving have a history at Henley that goes back to its very beginning. Even today, as the School celebrates its 70th anniversary, it remains key to its current and future status as a high-ranking business education institution.

The most visible demonstration of philanthropy at Henley was the incredibly generous offer in 1945 of Greenlands, the stately home of the 3rd Viscount Hambleden, to the newly established Administrative Staff College, precursor of the current School. The first fundraising appeal was successfully launched in 1946 to address the initial start-up costs of running the School and some of the much needed building improvements and additions.

Henley’s history of raising funds for bursaries and scholarships also goes back to its early days. There was a desire from the outset to enable access for a wide and diverse range of students regardless of their financial circumstances.  During the first fundraising appeal a charitable foundation established by William Morris provided a significant gift for the purpose of offering bursaries.  This same foundation was instrumental providing funds for the appointment of the first Director of Research in 1950 – a milestone event in light of Henley’s globally recognised research today.

Over the years Henley has continued to benefit from the generosity of individuals and organisations. The bursaries, scholarships, and research they support enhance the Henley experience for all. Legacies are also playing a significant role in this sense, by helping to endow teaching posts, establish scholarship, and maintain and improve buildings. A recent example of a legacy left to the School is that of Professor John H. Dunning OBE, whose collection of academic books was donated to Henley and is now housed in the Dunning Library. Every year, through his financial support, two research fellows in International Business are funded.

Philanthropy at Henley took a momentous step forward in 2010 with the creation of the Henley Alumni Fund, allowing for the creation of the Alumni Fund Bursary, and Hardship Fund Grants.  These bursaries and grants are critical in ensuring Henley can offer to all students the opportunity to fully embrace the Henley experience, and their impact is far reaching.

As we look forward to the next 70 years, the role that both individuals and corporations play in the success of Henley will be evermore critical, as this support ensures that Henley remains one of the very best business schools globally.

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