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WVU Foundation records second-best year with more than $213 million in contributions

A blue charter bus with a gold Flying WV sits on the street in front of the Mountainlair. In the background is E. Moore Hall.

Alumni and friends contributed $213.8 million to WVU in fiscal year 2022, making it the second-highest year of giving in the University’s history. (WVU Photo/Garrett Cullen)

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Alumni and friends gave nearly $214 million to West Virginia University in the past year, making it the second-highest year of giving in the University’s history. Their gifts will benefit education, health care and prosperity to make a positive impact across the Mountain State and beyond for years to come.

For the fiscal year from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, WVU Foundation data shows 20,206 donors – including 9,360 alumni – made 39,347 gifts totaling $213.8 million. This total is second only to $270.1 million donated in fiscal year 2021

“Our supporters are truly remarkable,” WVU Foundation President and CEO Cindi Roth said. “Even with an unsettled economy and increased prices on just about everything, our alumni and friends remained steadfast and true to their generosity. These investments help our students, faculty and staff achieve in ways that would not otherwise be possible. I want to thank our donors for once again stepping up.”

“Our alumni and friends are some of the most generous and genuine people I have ever met,” President Gordon Gee said. “With their support, we are pursuing education, health care and prosperity with a renewed and focused determination. We will continue to transform West Virginia University into a purpose-driven leader in higher education that encourages people to pursue their passions and provides the opportunities to use that passion to do good in this world.”

Among leadership gifts received by the WVU Foundation in fiscal year 2022: A $20 million donation from Ken and Randy Kendrick to help establish the Kendrick Center for an Ethical Economy, two significant in-kind software donations, and multiple seven-figure donations to WVU Medicine. Another highlight of the year was Day of Giving on March 9, which raised a record $15.5 million.

Foundation officials say 32 donors gave $1 million or more to the University in FY 2022. The contributions span all areas of the University, including academics, research, health sciences and athletics.   

Several building projects on campus also sparked donor interest, including Reynolds Hall, the new home for the John Chambers College of Business and Economics that will open this fall along the Morgantown riverfront; the new WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital, also opening this fall; and numerous facilities upgrades underway for WVU Athletics.

Chartered in 1954, the WVU Foundation is a private nonprofit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of the University. If you are interested in supporting WVU with a gift, the easiest way to do so is online at You can also speak with a development officer by calling 304-284-4000 or 800-847-3856.To learn more about the WVU Foundation and its mission for the University, visit



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