U focuses on goals for campaign's final year
Campaign Minnesota has surpassed its $1.3 billion goal a year ahead
of schedule, University leaders announced in May, but the University
still must raise $150 million to meet key campaign goals.
During its final year, the campaign will focus on reaching its
fundraising goals for student support and libraries and for each
campus and college.
The centerpiece of the campaign's final year will be raising
the $38.5 million still needed for undergraduate scholarships, graduate
fellowships, and enrichment opportunities such as study abroad.
"Students are at the core of the University's mission,"
says Russ Bennett, a 1952 graduate and volunteer campaign chair.
"The campaign has made a giant step toward helping us attract
the best students and easing the burden of rising tuition, but more
remains to be done."
University Libraries—which need another $5 million in gifts
before the campaign ends—are a second priority. Funding is
needed for building and maintaining expensive and rare collections,
and expanding technology and services for libraries on all University
The third priority is to fund the remaining needs for individual
campuses, colleges, and programs. At the college level, IT must
raise nearly $52 million to meet its $160 million goal, says Dean
H. Ted Davis.
"Our major priorities mirror those of the University,"
says Davis. "Support for student scholarships and libraries
top the list, but funds for faculty support, research, and strategic
investments are critical, too."
Campaign officials began a special effort this year to reach out
to all alumni to give everyone an opportunity to participate, says
Bennett. "I believe that what we do now will determine whether
Minnesota will continue to have a great research university that
our children and grandchildren can attend."