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Past Donations

The Korea Foundation has so far raised about US$34,000,000 under the Designated Donation Program from 1992 to 2010. The donations have been used to found faculty positions at eight universities including Georgetown University and Harvard University, establish endowments for scholarship and research at six universities including Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, and support Korean language classes and related programs at twenty-four universities in the United States, including Columbia University, and also in Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Vietnam.

In addition, prestigious museums around the world have been provided with support: four museums, including the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the acquisition of Korean artifacts; five museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for their establishment or renovation of Korean art galleries; and four museums, including the University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, for their Korea-related exhibitions and programs.


Donor Designated Donee Amount
Total $4,351,421
Kookmin Bank Universities in Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Vietnam with Korean language departments
(Development of Korean language textbooks)

Lee Hae-suk
(family of Oh Jong-ho)

University of Dalat, Vietnam
(Oh Jong-ho Scholarship for Korean language students in memory of the late Professor's stay as a visiting professor at the University of Dalat)
International Communication Foundation Beijing University, Fudan University, China
(Installation of e-School video lecture equipment)
LB Investment; Koo Bon-chun Cornell University, U.S.A.
(LB Faculty Fellowship to support a Korean Studies faculty position)
Anonymous Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management, U.S.A.
(Endowment for professorship in business administration)
Yulchon LLC. Harvard University, U.S.A.
(Korea-related courses and research)
Juwon Co., Ltd. Harvard University, U.S.A.
(Endowment for research and social sciences courses with a focus on Korea)
Korean Alumni Association of Harvard Business School Harvard University, Harvard Business School, U.S.A.
(Endowment for Korea-related research)
Korean Alumni and Parents Association of Smith College Smith College, U.S.A.
(Korea-related courses)
Anonymous Indiana University, U.S.A.
(Endowment for Korean Studies professorship)
Media Will Indiana University, U.S.A.
(Endowment for Korean Studies professorship)
Kim Young-jin Indiana University, U.S.A.
(Endowment for Korean Studies professorship)
Kim In-jun Columbia University, U.S.A.
(Endowment for scholarship aid for Korean Studies students)
Anonymous University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
(Endowment for Korean Studies post-doctoral fellowship)
Mun Dae-won University of Michigan, U.S.A.
(Summer in Korea program)
Lee Un-hyung University of Michigan, U.S.A.
(Endowment for Korean Studies-related activities)
University of Chicago Alumni Club in Korea The University of Chicago, U.S.A.
(Academic activities to develop Korean Studies program)
Ha Il-bu University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, U.S.A.
(Endowment for Korean law-related research and activities)
Yun Jong-ha Georgetown University, U.S.A.
(Endowment for Korean Studies scholarship for Asian studies master's program)
Chung Mong-joon Deerfield Academy, U.S.A.
(Endowment for Korea-related activities)
Korean Alumni Association of Deerfield Academy Deerfield Academy, U.S.A.
(Korea-related activities)
Hyosung Corp. St. Paul's School, U.S.A.
(Programs related to Korea and Southeast Asia)
Amore Pacific Corp. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, U.S.A.
(Acquisition of contemporary Korean artworks)
STX Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission in Korea
(Exhibition to commemorate the Fiftieth anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Saudi Arabia)
KS Exchange University of Sydney, Australia; Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE ),
Hungary (Acquisition of Korea-related materials)
Hyundai Motor Company National Library of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(Donation of Korean books)
Kang Myeong-heon and others University of Oxford, U.K.; Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
(Donation of Korea-related books)
Jeon Sang-jin University of Oxford, U.K.; University of Iowa, U.S.A.
(Donation of books on the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics)
YBM-SISA Ruhr University Bochum, Germany; State University of New York, Stony Brook, U.S.A.
(Donation of Korea-related books)
Yun Yeo-jin Non-designated donation
(Acquisition of instructional material for The Korea Foundation Volunteer Network Korean language classes)

※ US$= ,100 (the exchange rate that is applied in the case of donations made in Korean won)