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Named for an extraordinary alumnus whose life epitomized service—to society and to Harvard Business School—the John C. Whitehead Society recognizes those with an uncommon commitment to give back. As Mr. Whitehead himself once wrote, “When the fireman hears the bell go off, he’s off to the fire. And I heard the bell.” If you also hear the bell, please help Harvard Business School shape tomorrow’s leaders by joining the John C. Whitehead Society.

You can become a member of the Society by making a legacy gift to HBS. Legacy gifts of any size are greatly appreciated and have a profound impact. Examples include:

Members of the John C. Whitehead Society receive certain benefits, which currently include:

  • Recognition in Harvard Business School publications, including the annual HBS Contributors Report
  • Invitation to the University’s annual gift planning luncheon and presentation by Harvard Management Company at the Harvard Club of New York City
  • Professional, personalized gift planning services

If you have already named Harvard Business School as a beneficiary of your estate, retirement plan, or other planned gift, please let us know through our online form so that we can welcome you as a member.

Please contact the HBS gift planning team at 877-744-7779 or to discuss how you can become a member of the John C. Whitehead Society.