Sept. 10-16, 1999
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Campaign close to $1 billion goal
U.Va. gets $4 million cancer grant
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Johanna Drucker appointed to media studies chair
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Campaign close to $1 billion goal

By Bill Sublette

At a stage when most fund-raising campaigns begin to lose momentum, the Campaign for the University of Virginia has just completed its most successful year to date. Gifts, pledges and other commitments received during the University's 1998-99 fiscal year amounted to nearly $198 million, bringing the campaign total to almost $937 million, or 94 percent of the $1 billion goal.

"This exceeds by $28 million our best previous year, which was 1995-96. That was the year we publicly kicked off the campaign, and that is traditionally the most successful in a fund-raising effort of this kind," said Robert D. Sweeney, vice president for development. "Our alumni and friends have gotten behind this campaign in an extraordinary way."

Sweeney said that the campaign's progress in 1998-99 was fueled by an extraordinary number of large gifts. The University received 153 commitments of $100,000 or more, including 24 of $1 million or more and five of $10 million or more. At the same time, the campaign has enjoyed a broad base of support from alumni, parents and non-alumni who participate through annual giving. Annual gifts to the University -- typically unrestricted contributions made in response to telephone or direct mail solicitations -- totaled more than $18 million in 1998-99.

Of the $937 million received in the campaign by June 30, the end of the 1998-99 fiscal year, by far the largest share, $382 million, came from alumni of the University. Non-alumni parents of current or recent students gave nearly $13 million, and other individual donors contributed $196 million. Corporations provided $136 million, and $210 million came from foundations and other organizations.

Scheduled to conclude Dec. 31, 2000, the U.Va. campaign began in the early 1990s and was publicly launched Oct. 6, 1995, with a goal of $750 million.

The campaign's subsequent progress, buoyed by a strong economy and successful financial markets, prompted the Board of Visitors to raise the campaign target to $1 billion in February 1998.

The new goal included a $100 million objective for 'future support," such as bequests, gifts of retirement fund assets and similar estate gifts. By the end of the 1998-99 fiscal year, the campaign had exceeded its $100 million future support goal by nearly $12 million.

"This will be a tremendous source of strength for the University in the decades ahead," Sweeney said.

In a recent letter to volunteers and donors, campaign co-chairs Edward C. Mitchell Jr. and Thomas A. Saunders III wrote, "With the gifts received, the University is elevating the stature of its academic programs, making its athletics teams more competitive, improving the quality of health care and preserving Mr. Jefferson¹s architectural legacy."


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