How Annual Fund Gifts Help

During the most recent fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013, a record-breaking number of donors helped the Johnson Annual Fund reach $3.16 million. The impact of these gifts is extraordinary: $3.16 million in unrestricted Annual Fund support provides the school with spending power equal to a $70 million dollar endowment.

Gifts made to the Johnson Annual Fund are unrestricted, which means Dean Soumitra Dutta can direct financial resources to activities that actively expand Johnson’s reach and reputation around the globe. Johnson Annual Fund gifts provide resources that enhance academic programs and increase the international prestige of the degrees we offer, which helps the school attract the best students and faculty from around the world.

Johnson Annual Fund gifts strengthen Johnson by:

  • Deepening intellectual capital by hiring four outstanding new faculty members:  Johnson hired top professors in marketing, operations management, and accounting who have expertise in branding and cognitive influences in consumers’ decisions; economic modeling and operational decisions’ effect on firm value and risk; and corporate disclosure and capital markets research in accounting and behavioral finance.  
  • Helping alumni build better business plans: Alumni entrepreneurs have access to Johnson's Management Library and its extensive databases of current and historical information about companies, executives, industries, trends, and more. Library staff guide them in using these resources to best advantage in formulating their business plans.
  • Covering research costs so our faculty members can continue to reap accolades that place Johnson as a top-ranked school in intellectual capital, as it did in Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2012 Business School Rankings (#2). Faculty research costs include travel expenses that enable them to interact with practitioners and collect data, database licensing fees, survey tabulation expenses, and financial support for Ph.D. students.
  • Advancing management education and practice by sharing knowledge. For example:

    • Professor Murillo Campello’s analysis of the 2008 Financial Crisis has attracted the attention of Congress, the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, the European Central Bank, and the U.S. Supreme Court. As a result, he has been able to influence regulators as they approach post-crisis financial policy. Campello has been cited by Thomson Reuters as one of the top 5 most influential experts on the Financial Crisis. He was just appointed Managing Editor of the Journal of Financial Intermediation, the premier academic outlet on Banking and Financial Intermediation.
    • Professor Vrinda Kadiyali’s research on grade inflation in higher education discusses how this phenomenon can mislead employers and others about students’ academic performance, thereby distorting hiring and salary decisions.
    • Professor Mark Nelson reviewed research on auditors’ professional skepticism and developed a model that describes this judgment process and helps identify circumstances in which auditors need to probe more deeply. This research won the inaugural “Best Paper” award in the top journal in auditing and led to him testifying on audit firm rotation and professional skepticism before the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
  • Supporting Alumni and Executive MBA students in career transitions: Executive MBA students face different career challenges, and the school is responding to ensure that they can successfully leverage their new degree. Laurie Sedgwick oversees career services for Executive MBA programs; she also works with alumni who are seeking a career change. Together with Lynne Allen, Laurie and her colleagues continually advance our support for those in transition.
  • Supporting the Women in Investing (WIN) initiative:  The Parker Center’s WIN conference provides a forum for MBA women from Johnson and other top business schools to learn from distinguished investment industry practitioners and benefit from different perspectives on investment careers, as well as showcase their stock-picking skills.
  • Hosting events where alumni reconnect: In addition to our Ithaca-campus event, Johnson hosts a concurrent homecoming event in Palisades, N.Y., that is open to all Johnson alumni.
  • Expanding non-degree Executive Education programs: Johnson’s new director of Executive Education will develop new, non-degree programs designed to enhance the management skills of working executives.
  • Increasing access to leadership education: Student leadership opportunities have expanded to include Johnson Leadership Expeditions for executive and residential students to places such as Patagonia, personalized executive coaching for executive and accelerated MBA students, and a newly revamped and expanded Team Leadership Experience course for residential MBAs.
  • Supporting travel costs for faculty on international study trips: faculty-led international study trips are an important part of the Johnson curriculum, and students benefit from having faculty accompany them on these trips.