The largest private fundraising campaign in West Virginia University history saw more than 90,000 donors contribute just over $1.2 billion to the University.
Alumni and friends of
WVU contributed $1,218,886,505 to the “State of Minds” campaign which ended Dec.
31, WVU President Gordon Gee
announced Tuesday (Feb. 27) during his State of the University Address at
Erickson Alumni Center. That amount is more than $200 million over the
campaign’s $1 billion goal.
“These incredible numbers show that people believe in West
Virginia University’s power to fuel change,” Gee said. “People understand that
we are creating opportunities, changing lives and moving West Virginia forward.
With their generous support, more than 90,000 donors have chosen to invest in a
Campaign donations established 844 student scholarships, 57 chairs and professorships, and 227 funds to assist research efforts.
The campaign was launched
publicly June 2, 2012, with an original goal of $750 million and a deadline
of December 2015. That goal was shattered in the summer of 2014, and the
campaign was extended to December 2017 with a new goal of $1 billion. Donations
the $1 billion mark in summer 2016. At that time, it put WVU on a list with
only 36 other four-year public universities across the country to have
successfully raised more than $1 billion.
“To have over 90,000
donors give more than $1.2 billion to WVU is truly a remarkable investment,”
said campaign co-chair Bob Reynolds, a 1974 graduate. “We’re now able to open
many doors of opportunity to help move our University and State forward. The
campaign’s success speaks directly to the loyalty and generosity of our alumni
and donors, and we’re very thankful.”
Campaign fundraising focused on University-wide campaign priority areas that align with the University’s 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future. Gift commitments in each of these areas through Dec. 31 show:
• $567.7 million – Enhance the undergraduate student experience and global education.
• $226.8 million – Advance the research initiative of the University.
• $161.2 million – Enable WVU to improve West Virginia’s health, economy, quality of life.
• $136 million – Enhance WVU through professional and graduate education.
• $127 million – Foster faculty excellence.
From the above gift
commitments, $314.4 million will be used to support healthcare through
research, education and patient care.
say 90,076 donors gave 397,127 separate gifts to the campaign. This includes
donations from 37,085 alumni. The largest percentage of donations to the
campaign, 50 percent, came from individuals. The rest of the contributions came
from various sources including corporations, foundations, trusts and estates. Of
the donors, 147 gave gifts of $1 million or more.
“Once again, our
passionately committed University family responded,” said Verl Purdy, a 1964
alumnus and national co-chair of the campaign. “When there is a need,
Mountaineers always come through. I am truly moved by the generosity of so many
who understood the importance of this campaign to our great University.”
milestone in our University’s history is certainly a cause for celebration, thanks
to our loyal donors, and we want to celebrate them,” Roth said. “Looking ahead,
we know there are many initiatives that need private support, such as building our
new B&E complex and children’s hospital. Students and scholarships will
always be an important priority, as we will need to rely more on private
philanthropy. So, there’s more work to be done. But I’m confident that given
the fierce generosity of our alumni and friends, we will realize even more
success. I hope all of Mountaineer nation joins us on that journey as ‘One
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