Campaign is making its mark
When it comes to reading, kids who fall behind often stay
behind, says special education teacher Susan Thacker-Gwaltney.
With the Jean Butcher Fellowship, which supports teachers
who wish to pursue further study, she entered U.Va.'s Curry
School of Education to explore new methods in reading instruction.
She is putting her ideas to work in a Charlottesville classroom,
and the results are rewarding. ³It's exciting to see good
teaching push children across the threshold of literacy,²
says Thacker-Gwaltney, here working with Semaje Smith.
raising tops $1.25 billion
As of Dec. 31, U.Va. reaches the
end of the fund-raising Campaign for the University officially
begun five years ago, having surpassed the $1 billion goal at
the end of last year. The campaign has topped $1.25 billion, and
the gifts are still being counted. The totals will come out early
least 140,000 donors and alumni have responded to the campaign,
which made the case for boosting financial resources as state
support fell in the last decade. Now, the campaign's successes
have given the University a foundation upon which to design its
future, "to envision ways to build on what our donors have
enabled us to accomplish," as President John T. Casteen III
has put it.
more than a billion dollars in a campaign puts the University
in very exclusive company, but it's important to recognize that
the impact of this effort goes beyond dollars and cents. It has
touched the people of the University in obvious and not-so-obvious
ways," said Robert D. Sweeney, vice president for development.
two-thirds of the campaign total, or $860 million, goes to U.Va.'s
10 schools, most of which have raised more than their individual
goals [see list page 2].
salaries, financial aid for undergraduates, graduate fellowships,
library and laboratory resources, information technology -- they
have all been enhanced by gifts received in the campaign,"
Sweeney said. "Then there are the improvements to the University's
facilities, from the new Law School and Darden School to the new
stadium to the new research buildings for environmental sciences
and medicine. Virtually every aspect of academic and extracurricular
life at the University has been strengthened by the campaign."
the money's going
give an example of how individuals are benefitting or will benefit
from the campaign: 161 endowed professorships, 600 endowed scholarships
and 116 endowed graduate fellowships have been created with committed
gifts, pledges and deferred gifts.
a major boost to Arts & Sciences, a dean's endowment for academic
excellence has been established to finance special projects, among
endowment is "invaluable to our students and faculty as they
provide me with the means to direct funds to the neediest departments
and programs and to those with the most outstanding opportunities,"
said Dean Melvyn P. Leffler.
the campaign's $1 billion goal has been surpassed, the fund-raising
process is not really over. Many of the campaign's goals remain
unmet, and other priorities have arisen since the campaign began
its pre-kickoff phase in 1993.
"In a larger sense, the campaign has secured our position
as one of the 20 or so institutions that will define higher education
in the next generation," Sweeney said. "Now the question
is, can we sustain and even accelerate the pace of philanthropy
so we can fulfill our potential for unique preeminence among our