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Private Giving

Private giving

Inside the numbers: Breaking down the private giving year by funding types, designations

The $107.5 million fundraising total for 2008-09 includes $23.2 million in athletic-related gifts, a 9 percent increase, and $13.7 million from gifts in kind, a major increase of 51 percent. Thirteen gifts totaled $1 million or more. The number of donors making gifts of $100,000 or more was 103, representing 66 percent of the total. Gifts by type were: pledges, $37.7 million; cash, $33.4 million; research grants, $14.7 million; gifts in kind, $13.7 million; and planned gifts, $8 million.

By donor type, companies contributed $51 million, or 47 percent of the total. Other major donors by type were:

•  alumni, $23.8 million

•  foundations, $15.2 million

•  non-alumni, $12 million

•  organizations, $2.5 million

•  faculty and staff, $1.6 million

•  parents, $1.3 million

•  students, $47,300

Faculty and staff giving, when combined with retirees from the University, set an all-time high in Annual Fund gifts for the Family Fund: $3.6 million, the highest total in the campaign’s 33 years. Online giving jumped 71 percent to $1.1 million, while the number of first-time donors increased 11 percent to 8,319.

Program enhancements, or gifts related to research and outreach, led private giving by designation with a 66 percent increase to $74.4 million. Other gifts by designation were: $22.9 million toward student support (scholarships, assistantships, fellowships, etc.); $5.8 million toward capital projects; $4.1 million in unrestricted gifts; and $300,000 toward faculty support (endowed professorships, chairs, etc.)

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